Common Questions About
What does a Craniosacral Therapy session look like?
A few days prior to your treatment, you will receive, and are required to fill out a brief client intake form. This forms helps your therapist prepare in advance for your session. She/he can find out a little more about you, your needs, and what you would like to receive from your session. It is important to list all health concerns and medication so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm.
During your first session your therapist will take a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to establish a good understanding with your therapist. It also helps your therapist to customize the session to meet your specific needs and helps her to meet or exceed your expectations.
Next, you will lay down on a warm, comfortable treatment table, fully clothed. Soft music and low lighting are often used to increase your state of relaxation.
Your therapist begins with a hands-on, overall assessment of the body. Gentle pressure techniques are used to feel for tension patterns or disruptive strain patterns in the body’s connective tissue, fascial system, and nervous system.
After the assessment, your therapist will begin treatment. Because the body functions as a whole, treatment may begin by focusing on areas other than where your symptoms occur; although those areas will be addressed as well. Gentle contact with the affected areas, held for a period of time, encourages and supports your body to relax and begin to make the corrections it needs. Although the work is subtle, it can be impactful in helping your muscles and organs to naturally relieve stress, and for structural areas to ease back into alignment.
During your treatment, an old memory might pop up that needs to be addressed. One could even have an emotional reaction, all positive signs of allowing what has been held within to come up and be released.
How do Craniosacral Therapy sessions work?
Can you recall a time when you felt nervous, anxious, or scared. That feeling is your nervous system being out of balance. Craniosacral Therapy can support and facilitate your nervous system to return to a state of relaxation. When your nervous system is in a calm, relaxed state, it will assist the body — the numerous bodily functions it has influence over — to self-correct and heal.
What may I experience after a session?
Each individual is unique and therefore responds differently to their therapeutic experience. Here are a few examples of what previous clients have experienced:
Relaxed. The feeling of relaxation should not be underestimated. Relaxation is vital and key to the body’s natural ability to heal and correct! The body cannot optimally do its job when it is in a state of hyper arousal, fight, flight, or freeze mode.
Feeling more energized and alive.
Decrease in pain and tension.
Enhanced ability to focus.
Functioning from a calmer inner state.
Improved self-awareness and quality of life.
Improved sleep quality.
Reduction in anxiety.
More Present in the here and now.
Improved healing of injured areas.
The following possible responses are actually positive signs, reflecting healthy shifts and improvements taking place in the body. These shifts and improvements can last for days after your session as your system goes through a reorganization process:
Immediate relief from a discomfort. Or, there could be a temporary increase in discomfort, even muscle soreness (usually a sign that a once-restricted area is receiving increased blood flow). The discomfort typically subsides within 24-48 hours.
Light-headed: This can be caused by increased energy flow, as areas that were once tense are released.
Giving yourself permission and space to fully experience these shifts, along with staying hydrated to flush out toxins is important to your body’s healing process. An Epsom salt bath may be helpful. If needed, please feel free to reach out to your therapist to discuss any concerns you may have.
Is Craniosacral therapy safe for everyone?
Possibly, but it’s best to err on the side of caution. Consult your physician before scheduling your treatment session if you have experienced any of the following:
Traumatic brain injury
How many therapeutic sessions will I need?
Each individual’s system is unique and responds differently to Craniosacral therapy. Some conditions may require one or two sessions. Others conditions may need additional treatment over a period of time, depending on underlying conditions and the length of time they have been there. Once the condition has been satisfactorily addressed, a maintenance schedule can be discussed with your therapist.
With Craniosacral therapy, one’s self awareness and ability to handle life’s challenging situations from a more relaxed state begins to grow. Being more grounded, and more relaxed can translate into the ability to handle life’s challenging situations with more grace and ease — more responsive, less reactive.
When should I not receive a treatment session?
There are a few conditions which would prevent you from scheduling a session. You should not book a session if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection.
There can be certain conditions where your therapist may need to adjust techniques, such as fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, avoiding areas completely if there is a cut or a burn. In some rare cases, it may be a good idea to get approval from your physician. Please consult with your therapist, if you have any doubt.
How long is a therapy session?
The session typically lasts an hour. The first few minutes are to discuss what you would like to receive from your session, followed by approximately 50 minutes on the treatment table, ending with about 5 minutes to integrate the work and to provide valuable feedback.
Is Craniosacral Therapy the same as massage?
No, although your therapist may apply massage therapy techniques, if needed. In a CST session, you remain fully clothed.
Is craniosacral therapy (CST) covered by insurance?
For the most part, CST is not covered by most insurances. An out-of-pocket payment is required prior to treatment.
How early should I arrive for my session?
It's nice to arrive at least five minutes early. This will allow you time to use the restroom, and time to get settled in and relaxed.
What do I do during a treatment?
Please make yourself as comfortable as possible. Your comfort is key to the effectiveness of the session. The more comfortable and relaxed you feel, the more this will allow for the vital flow of energy, nutrients, blood, and other fluids throughout your system. Also, it provides a precious opportunity for your nervous system to do what it knows how to do best, self-heal.
If your therapist wants you to change your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to what is needed. Otherwise, feel free to adjust your position, to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your session, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. However, the nervous system is more relaxed when we are quiet.
Please let your therapist know immediately if you have any questions or if she can do anything to make your experience more comforting.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to. The most important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in the hope you will relax more, let your mind float freely, and ease into a state of, “Ahhhh.” In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the treatment progresses, enter into a quiet state.
It's very important that if you need to speak up, please do so. If anything at all is making you feel uncomfortable, please let your therapist know immediately so that adjustments can be made to your liking. Also, let your therapist know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or the touch needs to be adjusted. Remember, if something is not working for you, speak up! It's OK, and your feedback is warmly welcomed.
Am I expected to tip my therapist?
Tips are not expected, but welcomed. It is always appreciated to receive the compliment of a “thank you for good service.”
Cancellations and late arrivals:
A 24-hour cancellation notice is required, or you will be responsible for full payment of your scheduled session. If you are late for your appointment time, your treatment will be reduced in order to finish on time for the next schedule guest. The usual fee for the treatment will remain the same. Thank you for your understanding.
It is understandable that things happen that are beyond your control. Please let your therapist know what happened as soon as possible.
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Your Healing Journey
Craniosacral Therapy (CST), is a gentle, hands-on treatment helpful in releasing stored tension and stress. CST was developed by an Osteopath. Gentle touch invites and encourages tension to release and re-balances your nervous system. Besides treating the overall body, there is a focus on releasing tension at the head, spine, and tailbone, the structures that surround and support your central nervous system.
Craniosacral Therapy + Mouth Work - 3 consecutive craniosacral sessions are required for this deeper form of therapy.
Want to go deeper? Craniosacral mouth work is a way of gently treating and releasing tightly held structures, including the "fight/flight" nerves contained within the oral cavity. Relaxation of these structures allows your nervous system to function optimally, to self-correct and heal.
Reiki is a form of energy medicine. It uses techniques for stress reduction and relaxation that can promote healing. It is administered by "laying on of hands,” (on, or off the body). It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
2 in 1: CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY+REIKI - Blending therapeutic treatment of the physical body with energy work.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on treatment, helpful in releasing stored tension and stress. Gentle touch encourages tension to release and re-balances your nervous system. Reiki is a form of healing that uses Universal energy to support the body’s natural healing abilities. Reiki energy can bring about relaxation and raise the body's vibrational frequency. Combining these two modalities, can support the health and function of the entire person.
Tension/Trauma Release (TRE)
TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma. The exercises safely activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. Note: With TRE, usually a person only needs to be guided through the exercises once. After that, you can independently use this therapeutic technique to release tension/stress, as needed.
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Craniosacral Therapy or “CST” is a gentle form of bodywork developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an Osteopathic physician. CST uses light touch and holds to activate the body’s balancing and healing process. It calms the nervous system, affecting all other functions of the body. It does this by helping release restrictions that can enable your body to function more optimally, promote well-being, and strengthen its resistance to disease. This makes CST ideally suited to assist with treating many unwanted conditions.
When feeling tense, anxious, stressed, our body - mainly our nervous system- cannot effectively do its job of self-correcting and healing, leading to disease and other painful conditions. Craniosacral Therapy, or CST, assists the re-balancing of the nervous system, which positively affects the unique relationship the nervous system has with every function in the body. That is why CST can be of great benefit for treating many conditions such as digestive disorders, insomnia, headaches, and other conditions related to stress and tension.
For example: Can you recall how you feel when you are doing something you find relaxing, maybe taking a walk in nature, having fun with your children, playing with your pets, or leisurely enjoying your favorite meal with a loved one? Doesn’t your body feel more calm, relaxed, maybe a feeling of “ahhh.” Perhaps your problems temporarily fade into the background, or you come away with some inspiration? This is your nervous system in a state of balance. Can you compare that “ahhh” state to the way you feel when you are frantically running around, stuck in traffic, eating your meals on the run, bombarded with e-mails and texts to respond to, all the while trying to handle seemingly endless life situations? How do you feel? Do you experience any of these stressful symptoms?: headache, foggy thinking, digestive distress, insomnia, body aches and pains, face and jaw tension, a sense of overwhelm? This is your nervous system out of balance, in a “fight or flight” state. Craniosacral Therapy is a light-touch body therapy that can help balance your nervous system, facilitating its return to a state of relaxation where it can naturally rest, digest, rejuvenate and heal.
Reiki Energy Therapy
Reiki is an ancient energy healing technique that promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki is the Universal vital life force energy that flows through all living things. Practitioners access this energy and allow it to flow to your body to support healing. When your body is relaxed, your energy can flow more freely, stress levels can reduce, and immune function is enhanced, strengthening your resistance to disease.
What are Tension &
Trauma Releasing Exercises
Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises, often referred to as TRE, are a simple set of movements that assist your body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma. TRE safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating, called a neurogenic tremor. This tremor allows your nervous system to relax and re-balance itself out of a “fight-flight,” tension state, and into the “relaxation response,” where it can naturally heal your body.