All massages, even ones based solely in Swedish have wonderful benefits. However, in my practice, I am focused on patients who are looking for specific outcomes from their sessions, not solely to relax. Craniosacral treatment involves working with the Central Nervous System (CNS), the brain and spinal cord. This is a gentle, deeply relaxing, light touch therapy that is very profound. Restrictions in the brain and spinal cord (CNS) impact your entire being, physical and emotional. Total Body Balancing involves gentle, rhythmic mobilizations of the legs, arms, torso and neck. In both cases, you will remain fully clothed.
Total Body Balancing (TBB) uses long levers (arms, legs, head/neck or torso) and rhythmic mobilization to release tension in the muscles, fascia, joint capsules and ligaments to improve circulation, nerve, and energy flow. This helps to normalize sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) neurological activity. This long lever approach of rhythmic mobilization influences all systems of the body including the lymphatic (immune), the visceral (organs) and the craniosacral (head and sacrum), myofascial and musculoskeletal systems and serves as an overall support and integration for specific treatment. I work in the feather range of the joint, meaning there is felt restriction but the body will not guard against the work. Decompressing the joint, to the feather edge and moving in circumduction in the feather range, until a release is achieved. This work is indirect, and very gentle. It is possible to create profound, meaningful releases without aggressive, painful work.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve the whole body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well being that your central nervous system (CNS), AND few body systems have more impact on your CNS that the craniosacral system-the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
With gentle pressure, starting at 5 grams, I assess your body at several points, and we work to release the patterns of restriction. When we free the CNS to perform the way it was designed, amazing results are acheived. Craniosacral therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease and enhances your health and well being. The only contraindications for this work is recent stroke or risk on aneurism. In either of these cases, I will need to speak to your physician and verify that slight pressure changes in the cerebral spinal fluid will be tolerated.
CST and Infants
The basis is the same for infants as adults, light tough therapy to help remove restrictions in the CNS. However, the huge factor is time spent in a restricted pattern. Newborns are working on the primary (first) reflex, rooting as demonstrated in feeding (breast or bottle). If we can help the baby set this cornerstone as balanced as possible, then every other reflex that is built on it will be as balanced as possible. This in turn, helps restricted compensation patterns learned over a lifetime, reduced or never expressed. POWERFUL! Seeing a newborn within hours or the first days of life can potentially reduce a wide spectrum of health challenges, many of which might not otherwise become apparent until the child is in school. CST can address problems with head shape, lip, tongue and cheek ties, skull-bone override, naturally.
What to expect with a session. If nursing, plan on nursing during session. If bottle feeding, plan on feeding during session. Most babies are fairly calm, some may be a bit fussy, but most enjoy the work. When we arrive at a restriction, they may cry but it typically resolves fairly quickly, a few seconds to 1 min. However, there are some babies that cry the entire session. Then we work where the baby is happiest, on the breast, in mom or dads arms, where ever! I don’t mind working around what helps the baby to feel safe. Sessions are usually around 30 mins, sometimes a bit more. Total time in office will be about an hour. This work is so gentle it seamlessly accommodates other therapies or early intervention medical teams or practitioners.
CST and Concussions
CranioSacral Therapy is an effective treatment of both concussions and PCS. With a technique called cranial pumping the intention is movement of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through the central nervous system. CSF bathes and feeds the brain and removes waste products, which helps promote homeostasis within the cerebral neurochemical environment. When the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is in a stressed state called the sympathetic response, (flight or fight) healing is delayed. By balancing the ANS with a gentle stillpoint hold at the base of the head (CV4) provides a powererful parasympathetic response. When the ANS is out of this arroused state, healing can occure.
I accept all major credit cards, cash or check. I am credentialed thru the only board, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, that insurance companies recognize. I do not submit or file insurance claims, nor guarantee your insurance will pay for massage therapy. Any work I preform is self pay. However, I can provide receipts with the appropriate coding for you to file and potentially receive reimbursement.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
$85- 60 minutes of actual table time, some time before and after to discuss findings.
$128- 90 minutes of actual table time, some time before and after to disucss findings.
$42.50 30 minutes
$85 60 minutes
When available, I may have times during the evening or weekend. Please call or text to schedule.
$128 60 Minutes
$192 90 Minutes