CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a holistic treatment technique developed by osteopathic physician and researcher John E. Upledger, D.O. O.M.M. to enhance body functioning and assist with discomfort and alleviating pain.
The Cranial sacral system possesses its own physiological rhythmic system and maintains all the characteristics of a closed hydraulic system. It is functionally related to the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, the neuromusculoskeletal system, the lymphatic system, the vascular system, the respiratory system and the endocrine system. The cranial sacral system is characterized by rhythmic, mobile activity which persists throughout life and is vastly different to the physiological motions of breathing and cardiovascular activity. The system is comprised of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which surround the brain and spinal cord; providing protection and bringing nutrients in and taking away waste products fro the cells in the brain and spinal cord. The membranes attach to the skull, face and mouth bones (cranium) and extend to the tailbone (sacrum). The body is continuously seeking a state of homeostasis, which rely on feedback loops to self-correct and self-balance. An imbalance or restriction may contribute to any number of sensory, motor or neurological deficits. Because the autonomic nervous system plays a large role in the homeostatic activity of the body, when automatic flexibility is restored, may homeostatic mechanisms are made more effective. The practitioner impacts conditions inside and outside of the system by palpating specific areas on the body to bring the body into homeostasis for optimal functioning. CST is a gentle method of intervention which detect, and corrects restrictions, encouraging the natural healing abilities of the body to return to balance.
CST is an effective intervention for treating:
- Headaches and migraine
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Central Nervous system disorders
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Immune Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Attention deficit Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Heart Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chronic Sinus infections
- Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach lining or small intestine)
- Motor coordination difficulties
- Temporal mandibular Dysfunction
- Sleep Disturbances
- Sensory Defensiveness and Arousal modulation difficulties
- General Health Maintenance
CranioSacral Therapy is a complementary modality to all other health care approaches, without the use of prescriptions and is non-invasive.
Touch is a significant, essential part of development of a person, beginning at birth. Touch is the catalyst for the healthy development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical spheres of an infant. The two types of receptors connected with touch are protective and distinguishing. Protective receptors are functioning until a person is touched and then the distinguishing receptors are turned on. The somatosensory cortex is responsible for tactile processing and all beings have their own sensitivity threshold for sensory impulses coming in from the environment. Excessive amounts of information and the impossibility of interpretation of this information may lead to the development of disorders. These disorders can manifest as dysfunction with balance, deep sensibility system, the superficial sensibility system and hypo / hyper functioning. The proprioceptive system otherwise known as the deep sensibility system, is connected with the muscular system and movement control. The proprioceptive receptors are in muscles, tendons, and ligaments and send information to the brain about our body position and the position of its different parts in relation to each other and their speed and acceleration of space. The skin is directly connected with the sense of proprioception because of the skin’s receptors register the pressure and intensity of an impulse. The propriception sense along with the tactile system permits a person to learn, examine, evaluate and understand the environment with tactile impressions delivered to the brain. The purpose of tactile integration is to optimize the brain stem, relax defensive reflexes, and open the entire system to an experience of safety from which trust can grow and healthy development can proceed. The following benefits can be gained from tactile integration sessions:
- Optimal brain functioning
- Enhancement of sensory system integration
- Optimal integration of reflexes - lifelong, proprioceptive, infant, facial, auditory and visual
- Supply positive changes in learning and development
- Provide clients with pleasant experience of safe, respectful and loving touch
Reiki is a spiritual healing art, with its roots in Japanese. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means Universal Life and (Ki) which means Energy. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a persons "Ki" or energy should be strong and free flowing to facilitate a positive state of health in body and mind. If the energy becomes weak or blocked it may lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance, which eventually cause dis-ease.
Chakras are spiritual energy centers located in our spiritual bodies that channels Universal Life force Energy or Qi/Ki both (In and Out) of our physical and spiritual selves. They are considered both transmitters and receivers of energy. Meridians are energy paths in the body in which Qi/Ki flows through. The idea with both is that one must have balanced Chakras and Meridians in order to be physically, emotionally, mentally and spirituality healthy. A body can develop problems in different areas with blockage or instability in any one or more, of the above areas.
A Reiki session is often utilized to promote wellness and can help ease tension and stress. It helps support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels of physical, mental, and emotional. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, however, it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing.