When looking for a therapist to book an appointment with, you may hear us listing the modalities a therapist specializes in. One modality that often comes up is Craniosacral Therapy. What does Craniosacral Therapy encompass?
To understand the answer to that question, we turned to our therapist Jeffrey Myre, LMT. First, we asked him what area of the body is targeted with Craniosacral Therapy. “The craniosacral system entails the bones of the cranium, spine and sacrum; the connective tissue that wraps the inside of the skull, spine, and tailbone; and the fluid that keeps the brain in a weightless suspension. Another name for it is the central nervous system.”
What exactly does Craniosacral Therapy do? “The basic idea is that a therapist is using a gentle approach to adjust and rebalance the motion that keeps your body’s control system functioning. Because it is our nervous system we are interacting with intricately woven structures. Therapists can shift and unwind sore muscles and tightly bound connective tissue throughout the whole body. The movement is subtle because the system we are interacting with has its own way of dealing with imbalance, we are just trying to help it have an opportunity to reintegrate some sensory data, so the body can work more effectively. It can release stress patterns and help people be more aware of the triggering events in their life that bring those stuck places into their body.”
In short, Craniosacral Therapy uses very gentle and subtle movements that work with your body to help keep you physically and emotionally healthy. The effects are wide ranging and can include relaxation, self-awareness, reduction of chronic pain, and a whole new perspective on how you relate to your body!
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