Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, profound treatment which uses very gentle touch to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, supporting your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself. It is often found to be helpful where other, more dynamic physical treatments have been unsuccessful.
Frequently Asked Questions
When was Craniosacral Therapy developed?
In 1970, during a neck surgery in which he was assisting, osteopathic physician Dr John E. Upledger first observed the rhythmic movement of what would soon be identified as the craniosacral system. However, none of his colleagues nor any of the medical texts at the time could explain what he was observing and so Dr. Upledger began searching for the answer. He started with the research of Dr. William Sutherland, the father of cranial osteopathy. For some 20 years beginning in the early 1900s, Sutherland had explored the concept that the bones of the skull were structured to allow for movement. For decades after, this theory remained at odds with the beliefs of the scientific and medical communities. Dr. Upledger believed, however, that if Sutherland’s theory of cranial movement was in fact true, this would help explain, and make feasible, the existence of the rhythm he had encountered in surgery.
It was at this point that Dr. Upledger set out to scientifically confirm the existence of cranial bone motion. From 1975 to 1983 he served as clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University, where he supervised a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers in research and testing. The results not only confirmed Sutherland’s theory, but led to clarification of the mechanisms behind this motion — the craniosacral system. Dr. Upledger’s continued work in the field ultimately resulted in his development of CranioSacral Therapy.
How does Craniosacral Therapy work?
Every day your body endures stresses and strains, and your structures work to compensate for this. Unfortunately, these stresses often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system, which can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord. The result is a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Craniosacral therapy involves detecting and releasing any restrictions in the tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, craniosacral therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of problems.
How can Craniosacral Therapy help me?
Craniosacral therapy can be helpful in a large variety of conditions and situations and can be used for people of all ages.
Examples of conditions I have successfully treated using craniosacral therapy include:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Anxiety
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
What is a Craniosacral Therapy session like?
A typical cranioSacral therapy session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour, and takes place in a relaxed, private setting. You remain fully clothed throughout the treatment. What you experience during a craniosacral therapy session is highly individual. You may experience deep relaxation, insights, releases or a sense of peace. Some people even fall asleep.
At the end of your session, I will answer any questions you may have about what you experienced or what to expect after the treatment. You are welcome to make another appointment at that time, or you may want to wait to see how your sense of well-being improves before rescheduling. There is never a long-term commitment or pressure to schedule more appointments.
What will I experience after a Craniosacral Therapy session?
Just as each individual experiences craniosacral therapy sessions differently, the results can be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours, or you may leave full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days. Because craniosacral therapy helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it’s common for your improvements to continue weeks after the session.
How many Craniosacral Therapy sessions will I need?
Each individual response to craniosacral therapy is unique and therefore the number of sessions needed to resolve any particular condition varies widely. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s — even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own.
There is never a long-term commitment or pressure to schedule more appointments.