Craniosacral therapy (also known as Cranial Sacral therapy) is gentle, noninvasive bodywork that focuses on the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. These are the most vital areas that effect the nervous system. When they are out of alignment they can create pain and cause stress.
The therapist will use a light touch to calm and relax the nervous system, identify and release blockages, alleviate compression and restore the natural alignment of the bones using light touch as needed to relieve pain and stress. Since our nervous system controls everything in our bodies the craniosacral therapy can be used to address a wide range of disorders such as: migraines, headaches, insomnia, neck and back pain, temporomandibular (TMJ) joint disorder, depression and more.
While it may sound complicated, it is an extremely gentle and relaxing form of bodywork and healing that promotes the body’s innate healing processes. Its subtle nature is exceptionally effective and gentle enough for pregnant women, infants and even for those who may be very physically or emotionally sensitive due to past injury, trauma or hardship.
In a recent study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers noted that participants who received bodywork like craniosacral therapy not only had better quality sleep, but reported fewer migraines than participants who didn’t. The positive effects were even reported lasting up to three weeks after the therapy.