Craniosacral therapy is an alternative therapy using gentle touch to manipulate the immovable joints of the cranium. A practitioner of craniosacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient’s spines and pelvis. The therapy does not involve any spinal adjustments, but focuses on light touches to rebalance the body.
The underlying theory behind craniosacral therapy is the belief that everyone is born with a ‘vital force’ energy (commonly referred to as ‘chi’ in Chinese medicine). This is the energy is carried throughout your body through the nervous system and is vital for optimal health and body function.
The main job of craniosacral therapy is to correct imbalances that may be hindering the flow of this energy throughout the body.
What is a session craniosacral therapy session like?
Generally, you begin by talking with your therapist about your health concerns and discuss a brief health history. During the session you will be fully clothed and lying on a massage table. It is important that you are able to relax, so it is important to take time to just let yourself get comfortable. The therapist usually starts at the feet with light touch. Session work involves very light touch and is very gentle. Depending on your concerns the therapist may focus on a localised area. During the session the therapist will gently hold parts of your body, listening to the subtle rhythms and tracking changes. It often takes a few sessions to see noticeable results.
How might I feel after the session?
Where can you get this type of therapy done?
Many massage therapy clinics now have at least one masseuse that is also trained in craniosacral therapy, also referred to as CST.
I have used craniosacral therapy along with visceral manipulation therapy to help relieve my IBS symptoms and have seen amazing results. It is hard to say which therapy helped the most because I did both therapies simultaneously, but I know that it greatly improved how I felt physically and surprisingly it completely transformed my mood. I believe that this therapy is what made the difference in my recovery from a severe prolong battle with IBS.
If you live in Calgary, Alberta and are considering this type of therapy I would recommend you see Kimberley Conrad, at her practice Essential Balance Healing.
*Kimberley may no longer be taking on new patients because of her amazing healing abilities, but she is a fantastic therapist and lovely person.