Visionary Cranial Sacral Therapy
What is Cranial Sacral Therapy? What is a visionary cranial sacral therapist?
Craniosacral work is a holistic healing practice, which uses extremely light finger pressure to optimize a movement pattern in the body known as the “cranial wave”. In the cranial bones, the movement of the cranial wave can be as little as 40 microns, which is less then half the thickness of a sheet of writing paper. But even with this amount of movement, the human head is so delicate, and so suffused with vital nerve pathways, that even a slight deviation of a bone’s movement or position can produce physical or psychological symptoms, and often both.
To the trained practitioner, the cranial wave is a rich source of information, much like the pulse is to an acupuncturist. The intelligence of the body speaks to us through this wave. When the cranial wave motion is not optimal, we could feel low in energy, our immune system could become compromised and we run into an increased likelihood of chronic states like depression.
Craniosacral work is one of the most respectful of all bodywork techniques. It differs from most other modalities by its lightness of touch, and the long, attentive duration of each contact. Clients may be treated fully clothed, or as part of a massage treatment.
This work utilizes focused attention and gentle touch as the foundation of healing. Practitioners are trained to work in a deeply meditative state. In this state, much like homeopathy, the minutest pressure or movement has a deep and profound effect. Less is often better in craniosacral work.
While this work focuses on helping the cranial wave flow freely through the head, spine and pelvis, it is not limited to those areas, and may be used to work with painful or restricted conditions anywhere in the body. It can be effective for many conditions, such as for various levels of headaches, head trauma, low back pain, tightness and pain in neck, shoulder and pelvic area, sciatic pain, scoliosis, sinusitis, dyslexia, whiplash, Bells Palsy, tinnitus, vertigo, learning disabilities, birth trauma and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
This work can also be highly effective in helping the return of mental clarity and abundant energy after a life-crisis or physical trauma and sometimes helps alleviate chronic depression. Some people seek out treatment for its calming and meditative experience. Others find craniosacral touch to be a deeply spiritual experience and use it to gain the kind of transformative insight that paves the way for important changes in their lives.
The emphasis in Craniosacral Therapy is to help resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind. This involves the "listening through the hands" to the body's subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia or congestion. Through the development of subtle palpatory skills the one can read the story of the body, identify places where issues are held and then follow the natural priorities for healing as directed by the patient’s own physiology.
Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged.
A visionary knows how to touch a client with precise and gentle contacts that help the client feel more aligned, and more at home in themselves. Sometimes, by touching just the right place in just the right way, a visionary can help the client understand what troubles them, and what they need to reclaim their equanimity, and their place in life. Such work can also help the client access and release their healing potential.
Visionary cranial sacral therapy allows one to use their palpation skills (to become present in their hands) to get into harmony, resonance and rapport with the fluidic nature of the body.
Craniosacral therapy is process work which speaks the language of cellular reality. The focus of this system is on garnering the healing energy within the body, which jump starts the person's own healing ability and process.
The craniosacral rhythms are at the core of the body's pulse; learning to palpate and balance them is like discovering the ebb and flow of the ocean. One learns to contact the tissue, the rhythm within the tissue, and move with the tissue in a way that honors the way the cells move - getting in touch with the cellular memory - which leads into the places that have become devitalized or overcharged.
The practitioner talks to the tissue, reflects what is in the body and allows the client to interact with the movement of the tissue which gives them a reflection of who they are through the tissue.
Through presence and awareness these places become connected back to the primary healing core energy of the body, which is pulsating with the craniosacral (Primary Respiratory Rhythm) rhythm.
A relationship is established between the tissue (which holds much of the unconscious memory) and the core energy in the body. It is through these rhythmic pulsatory craniosacral pathways that subtle energy steps down into the physical tissues of the body nurturing them, bringing healing resonance and enabling them to perform all of the vital biological function in a healthy way. The client thus becomes connected to the primary core of energy which enables them to: relax tension, release energy blocks and open the energy pathways in the body, restore balance, and promote revitalization.
The first written reference to the movement of the spinal nerves and its importance in life, clarity, and "bringing quiet to the heart" is found in a 4,000-year-old text from China. Craniosacral work was referred to as "the art of listening." Bone setters in the Middle Ages also sensed the subtle movements of the body. Cranial manipulation has been practiced in India for centuries, and was also developed by the ancient Egyptians and members of the Paracus culture in Peru (2000 BC to 200 AD). Furthermore, in the 18th century, the philosopher and scientist Emmanuel Swedenborg described a rhythmic motion of the brain, stating that it moves with regular cycles of expansion and contraction. This cranial rhythm or "the moving tide of life," is a cranial rhythm that is seen as the pulse of life. When the movement of cerebrospinal fluid from the head through the spinal column, into the cranium and back is "full and complete, these fluids flow through the whole body and provide the tissues with nutrition and information."
In the early 1900s, the research of Dr. William Sutherland, an American osteopathic physician, detailed the movement of the cranium and pelvis. Before his research it was believed that the cranium was a solid immovable mass. Sutherland reported that the skull is actually made up of 22 separate and movable bones that are connected by layers of tissue. He called his work cranial osteopathy.
It is possible to very slowly and gently "adjust" the bones of the skull, so that the cerebrospinal fluid - the fluid lining the brain and spinal cord - can flow more naturally.
Craniosacral therapy is used for a wide range of symptoms, including neck and low back pain, chronic fatigue, temporomandibular joint syndrome, fibromyalgia and even emotional issues like depression and anxiety.
Visionary Craniosacral Work invites one to calmly and quietly go deep within and find your still, silent center...and then to come from this centered place in applying craniosacral work: if you want to go deep, be deep.
What is Neuro-Muscular Re-Education?
“Aiming to release and heighten people's creative potential, Neuro-muscular Re-education focuses on the way memories are stored throughout one's body. Through state-of-the-art light-touch, it teaches a way to access these memories on a cellular level, bringing clients to a gentle consciousness of their most deeply held patterns. Once made aware of areas of stress, clients recognize they now have the freedom to make choices beyond what they used to consider their "normal" range of options.
Often the way humans first learn to move their bodies is the result of parental or social expectations rather than natural development. Too often, babies are taught to stand or walk before their bodies are physically ready, and instead of being allowed to progress on their own schedules, the preconceptions and judgments of adults interfere. So many things can and do go wrong at this stage, and at this point of development, it only takes 48 hours for a habit to form. Since these experiences are pre-verbal, the memory or imprinting of the information is stored at a cellular level that normal consciousness can't access. What we do know, however, is that as adults we don't have quite the range of motion that we would like. Or, if we suffered as infants at the hands of dominating older siblings, we may grow into adulthood with a hanging head, rounded shoulders and a caved-in chest. During Neuro-muscular Re-education, physical, emotional and spiritual elements of the work combine to put one's left brain on hold. Some other form of memory or thinking takes over. Engaging the creative, unpredictable right side of the brain allows the client to leave behind the flawed auto-pilot approach of the left brain, and all its unnatural programming about conforming to something foreign to the individual. It is in this "productive abnormality" that quantum leaps can be made toward overcoming the old patterns we cling to in normal consciousness, even as they plague us.” (Excerpted from www.cellularrecaltherapy.com)
90 minute sessions offered at $150