About CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a deep and profound method of healing which has a long history of development through the life work of Drs. Sutherland, Stills and Dr. John Upledger. This is a therapy which enhances the body’s inherent healing process by facilitating the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid to balance the craniosacral system (CSS), which is comprised of the brain, the spinal cord, its membranes and fluids. The CSS is an acknowledged physiological system in the body that maintains the environment and function of the central nervous system. CST utilizes light touch on specific points around the cranium, along the spine and at the sacrum.
In its essence, Craniosacral Therapy involves gentle manipulations as the therapist tests for restrictions and “listens” to the quality of the craniosacral rhythm, which the body regulates and maintains in order to feed and nurture our delicate nervous tissues. These subtle manipulations, which are exceedingly light, work at the deepest level in the body to affect the autonomic nervous system, touch the subconscious and allow the brain to move into theta wave, the space between restful awareness and drifting off to sleep. Cerebrospinal fluid circulates in a wave-like motion of ebb and flow, bathing the brain and spinal cord.
By aligning with this movement an effect is made on neurological patterning in the body, the intention of which is to unwind tension and old patterning in the craniosacral structures and thus improve the function of the entire central nervous system. As a result, a healthier nervous system begins to emerge and there is noticeable improvement in its functioning, from the ability to handle stress and anxiety, to more restful and deeper sleep, to balancing moods and mental activity.
Relaxation has long been valued for its healing and restorative effects on the body and encouraging deep states of relaxation in the body is easily facilitated by CranioSacral therapy. The main centers of the nervous system lie in the cranial and sacral regions and the gentle manipulations of CST modulate the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, optimizing the function of both. The body heals and repairs itself when the parasympathetic nervous system is dominant; when we are most relaxed or asleep. CST promotes the body into a healthier parasympathetic state.
“In deep listening we listen with the sole purpose of helping the other person feel heard and accepted”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
The work I am called to do has its roots in creating and holding a safe space where you are held in mindful awareness. Through the practice of creating a supportive environment and allowing your body to become deeply still and relaxed, your system generates therapeutic change from within.
As a licensed massage practitioner for over 20 years, a registered yoga instructor and former ballet dancer, I have built a deep experiential knowledge of the anatomy and physical patterns of the human body. My work is built on combining this foundation with an intuitive understanding of the subtle energetic body and how our energies either flow or become blocked in the body.
I was drawn to CranioSacral therapy (CST) during a period of investigation into how an overstressed nervous system’s inability to cope with modern life conditions our entire well being. My exploration of the transformational work of CST was so profound I became compelled to earn my degree as a CranioSacral Therapist through the Colorado School of Healing Arts in 2006. My training includes both Biodynamic and Upledger techniques.
CranioSacral Therapy specifically addresses the central nervous system and its structures. It is a gentle light-touch form of bodywork that utilizes the fluids surrounding the brain and nervous system as a therapeutic tool to facilitate healing. Its purpose is to unravel tension in the cranioSacral structures and thus improve the function of the central nervous system.
Through the sensitivity of my hands, I am able to hear the subtle pulsations of the craniosacral system as your body tells its stories. My approach is to allow and be guided by your innate intelligence and inborn wisdom, while I encourage the emergence of a more balanced state of being. My goal is to release, unwind, relax and support a deeper state of ease within.
It brings me great joy to offer my gifts to the Bellingham community and to use every encounter as an opportunity to help people transform through the healing power of touch.
Services and Rates
60 Minute CranioSacral Therapy $70.00
60 Minute CranioSacral Therapy with massage $75.00
60 Minute Lymphatic Drainage Massage $70.00
90 Min. Hot Stone Massage with CranioSacral Therapy $115.00
60 Min. Private Yoga Lesson $55.00
Discount CranioSacral packages available
4 pack $260.00
8 pack $480.00
Payment is due at the time of service and I do not bill insurance. I will provide you with an invoice should you wish to submit the bill to your insurance company yourself. Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card through PayPal.
I ask every client to give at least 24 hours notice when changes in appointment time or cancellations must be made. Clients will be charged for appointments canceled less than 24 hours notice, except in cases of sudden illness or an emergency.
What To Expect From a CranioSacral Session
During a session you may:
• Relax so deeply that you fall asleep
• Enter a quiet meditation-like state
• Feel you are dreaming while awake
• Experience memories or insights
• Feel warm, a softening of the body, a feeling of widening or floating
• At times, you may experience other kinds of sensations as energy that has been held in the body is released
After a session you may:
• Feel relaxed but also energized
• Breathe more fully or deeply
• Feel more comfortable in your body
• Have more awareness of your emotional state
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