Emily is a Certified CranioSacral Therapist by the Upledger Institute
The Upledger Institute certification process ensures a keen understanding of anatomy, physiology and CranioSacral Therapy techniques.
What is CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle, light touch approach that releases tension in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax, self correct and free itself of pain and discomfort.
What Will My CranioSacral Therapy Session Be Like?
CST can be performed with the clients fully dressed lying comfortably on a massage table, or techniques can be incorporated into a traditional massage. A typical CST session takes about an hour. The therapist first feels the cranial sacral rhythm throughout the body to determine where restrictions might be and then, by placing his/her hands gently on different parts of the body and head, the therapist will assist your body in releasing restrictions. Since the practitioner uses such a light touch, your body does not see it as a threat, and your nervous system relaxes. When your central nervous system is in this relaxed state, healing can occur.
During the session some clients can feel the tissues in their bodies moving, others simply feel relaxed. If you would like me to answer any questions regarding CST, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Craniosacral System
Each person has a craniosacral rhythm. This is caused by the increase and decrease of cerebrospinal fluid produced and reabsorbed at a regular rate within and around the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It can be palpated by the hands.
The subtle rhythm can be felt by a practitioner trained in CranioSacral Therapy. This regular rhythm can be felt all over the body. It is similar to the rhythms that can be felt when the pulse of the heart is evaluated.
The craniosacral rhythm, when felt in different parts of the body, can be used to diagnose asymmetry or unbalanced motion, which can suggest that normal body functions may be disturbed. When body functions are disturbed, symptoms may develop. A practitioner in CranioSacral Therapy can usually help the body reestablish balanced motion with gentle subtle techniques.
CranioSacral Therapy can help with the following conditions:
- Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- Long Covid
- Tongue Tie
- Chronic Illness and Inflammation
- Bell’s Palsy
- And Many Other Conditions
Who should not get CranioSacral Therapy:
Since CranioSacral Therapy is so gentle, it is safe for virtually anyone, including infants, elderly, chronically ill people, pregnant women, and children. There are a few times, however, where CST is not advisable
- Any condition where a change of intracranial pressure would be harmful.
- Immediately after a recent stroke or aneurism.
- A recent unevaluated closed head injury.
If you are unsure, please ask your doctor.