What is Visionary Craniosacral Work®, and how can it help me?
Craniosacral therapy evolved from Cranial Osteopathy, a specialization of the osteopathic profession which was introduced to the world in the 1930s by an American osteopath and visionary called William Garner Sutherland.
Craniosacral therapy has traditionally focused on the 22 bones that make up the human head, the vertebrae and sacrum, and also on the brain, the central nervous system, the cerebrospinal fluid and the system of membranes inside the cranium and spinal column.
Using primarily very light pressure, the practitioner senses the movement patterns in the system, and if there are any restrictions or imbalances. Restrictions can come from previous traumas such as car accidents, sport injuries, falls, dental work, or any traumatic event whether large or small. These traumas could also be emotional, such as divorce, job loss, or loss of loved one. Using thorough knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the system, the practitioner uses learned holds and techniques, and will often use a hold or technique unique to the moment.
Combining this anatomical knowledge with intuition, stillness, and an ability to really listen and really see the client is key to Visionary Craniosacral Work, and this is the modality I practice.
Some conditions that respond well to craniosacral work include:
• migraines and other types of headaches
• neck and shoulder pain and tension
• TMJ pain and jaw pain
• night clenching or grinding of teeth
• hip or lower back pain
• leg pain
• physical or emotional traumas following accidents
• brain trauma
• chronic or acute pain
• daily stresses of life
Clients are fully clothed for this work, and lie face up on the massage table. Sessions are 90 minutes, with 75 minutes hands-on, and 15 minutes of integration. Most clients report a feeling of deep relaxation, and may even feel as if they were in a dream state. Some clients see images, or past events or traumas. Every client's experience is unique. This is subtle and gentle work that I like to say is 'deeper than deep tissue massage'.
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