Skull Sketches

Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy is not currently available at The Nest.
Please email Carlie at carliehicksonrmt@gmail.com with questions or concerns.

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands-on manual therapy technique used to assess and treat the bones of the skull, spine, and pelvis, and the membranes and movement of fluid of the central nervous system. This treatment modality is an excellent way to support and improve general health and can also be used to treat a variety specific conditions. The health and proper movement of the craniosacral system plays a vital role in the physiological function of our entire body. 

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Although the touch used in this type of treatment can feel very subtle, the effect on the nervous system and physiological function of the body can be profound. As the therapist engages the craniosacral system by using gentle pressure on certain areas of the body, detection of changes or restrictions in the craniosacral rhythm, and/or the fluids, bones, fascia, and membranes of the body can indicate the treatment approach needed. Generally the person's body leads the therapist to where and how they need to work, but specific approaches and treatment techniques can be used to address certain health concerns or conditions. 

There are three discernable forces in the body. The first two are your breath and heartbeat - both the more obvious rhythms of our bodies. The third is the cranial wave or craniosacral rhythm. The cranial wave ranges from 8-14 cycles per minute. The rhythm can speed up in response to caffeine or fever, slow down in a meditative state after a compressive head injury, and can be affected in various ways by postural stress, injury, muscle imbalance, scar tissue, or trauma. The rhythm is created by the bioelectric field of energy within the body which stimulates the movement of nourishing fluid that surrounds the structures of the central nervous system, influences the subtle movements of our bones, and triggers contraction of the involuntary muscles of our internal organs and blood vessels. Some call the cranial wave the rhythm of chi, prana, or the rhythm of the spirit. 

 

Craniosacral therapy is by nature relational work, which is what can make it so powerful. Although the person often feels very relaxed and passive when receiving this type of treatment, their nervous system is given the space to allow for processing and integration of important somatic information. As the therapist shines a "flashlight" on restrictions or patterns in the person's body using specific treatment techniques, the therapist and the patient work together to release restrictions, improve function, and find more balance in their body. Through interconnection the physical body can hold and express much of our psychological and emotional life, often a lot more than what our conscious minds are aware of. I believe that a great deal of healing takes place as we learn to notice the subtle (or not so subtle at times) cues our bodies hold. Given the chance there is potential for our bodies messages to show up with this type of work, messages that we may not see in our everyday busy lives. With the right kind of attention, intention, and therapeutic action, craniosacral therapy can be a deeply healing experience.

Information adapted from Hugh Milne's "The Heart of Listening" , from my teacher, Julie Gerhardt, and from my own experience. 

Specific conditions Craniosacral therapy can treat

  • Concussion and Traumatic brain injury

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Chronic Pain

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Stress

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • TMJ (jaw) Dysfunction

  • Pelvic misalignment and pain

  • Sinus issues, congestion, chronic inflammation

  • Pregnancy & postpartum care

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Nervous System disorders

  • Other traumatic injuries

  • and many more!

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