Craniosacral Therapy is a method in which the practitioner works toward balancing the body’s natural cranial rhythm. As cerebrospinal fluid is pumped through the spine, it creates a rhythmic motion that can be palpated and evaluated. This evaluation is based on where the rhythm is weak in amplitude, out of symmetry, or too fast or too slow. The craniosacral system is then treated using a light touch (the least amount of pressure necessary to do the work), working to release the connective tissue around the bones of the skull and spine. The technique can also be used anywhere on the body to release restrictions in the connective tissue to bring back rhythm there and to relieve any pain.
Craniosacral Therapy seeks to locate and remove restrictions throughout the body’s systems. Corrections to these systems are addressed through light touch, time, energy and intention.
Indications for Craniosacral Therapy
- Migraine and tension headaches,
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
- Neck, shoulder girdle, and lower back pain
- Posttraumatic injuries of the head and neck and whiplash
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Problems with alertness, concentration, or memory
- Anxiety and stress-related problems
Myofascial Release is a process of engaging the fascia, strong connective tissue that runs throughout our entire bodies like a web. This fascia surrounds every muscle, muscle fiber, and down to the cellular level. Throughout our lives, whether through trauma or repetitive action, restrictions in the fascia can create a “sticking” to our movement, causing pain and effecting our daily lives. Releasing restrictions in these areas lets the body move in a fluid and balanced way, relieving discomfort.
This is more of a structural form of bodywork, with a heavy focus on pelvic balancing. As the fulcrum of the body, the hips must be balanced for any other bodywork to “hold”. If the hips go unbalanced, any work done in other areas can start to fade quickly, as the tensile nature of the body starts to pull it back out of balance. We work towards balancing the base so that what is stacked on top of it doesn’t tip!
Pressure can range from light to deep, with the hope of staying on the lighter side. Trauma that has been around a while can be painful and difficult to let go of. So it is with the body as well. Occasionally treatment can feel a little painful, but we always try use the least amount of pressure necessary. The best attire for a myofascial session is loose fitting shorts and a sports bra for women, and loose fitting shorts for men as contact with the skin is very important.
Indications for Myofascial Release:
- Back Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Neck Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Disc Problems
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel
- Jaw Pain (TMJ)
Deeper work can be done as well. To read more about deep tissue work click here.