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What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on the rhythmic pulse radiating throughout the body. You might think of this therapy as a gentle massage technique, assisting the nervous system to recalibrate from stressors, injury and even fatigue. Craniosacral is said to relieve compression in the head, neck and back and may be part of a treatment plan for conditions such as migraines, TMJ, fibromyalgia, and neck pain. By activating the nervous system and gently manipulating the cerebrospinal fluid, the body has potential to heal and restore balance.

Understanding that connective tissue can easily become restricted over time as a reaction to stress, illness and trauma, I will shine a bright light on the power of craniosacral therapy. Connective tissue wraps your brain, spinal cord, every cell, muscle, bone, nerve, and organ in your body — the balance and health of this fluid flow is profound. If restrictions are present, it will slow or even block the energy, fluid production and flow resulting in lowered absorption of nutrition and difficulty ridding waste from the body. This can result in physical pain and quickly take the body out of homeostasis.

Serious illness and trauma can leave parts of the nervous system confused or even “offline.” This imbalance may trigger an excess of hormones produced leaving our body in fight or flight — unable to relax and find a place of balance. With the healing touch and navigation of a craniosacral therapist, your body can relax the defensive tissues which increase the cleansing and hydration properties of all body tissues. Irritated nerves will calm and improvement may be seen throughout organs and the body.

The therapist will begin by placing their hands at the ankles. This time will allow for information of fluid flow and rhythmic patterns to take place. Then the therapist will work their way around the body, tuning into a variety of pressure points on the ankles, feet, hips, back, head, neck, face and hands. Sessions will last 45-60 minutes.

Craniosacral therapy is working to find its place in the world of medicine but it is quickly becoming a popular holistic approach. If you are interested in trying craniosacral therapy, it is important to find a therapist who has attended an accredited school and who is certified. Your experience will be uniquely yours, an opportunity to explore and unlock the healing potential you hold.

Stephanie McCutchin is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Sakom Massage and Wellness. The word Sakom is inspired by the Menominee language and translates to extending peace to yourself and others. Creating a peaceful space for clients to relax, recharge, and recuperate is the main focus at Sakom. Stephanie’s practice is located in the historic Willow Tree Wellness center in the heart of Lodi, Wisconsin. The center is solely dedicated to professional healers who offer a variety of services. To learn more about massage and to book your appointment today call, 608-564-5330 or click here.

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