CranioSacral Therapy is not a massage. Because of its gentle nature and positive effect on so many body functions, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is practiced by a variety of healthcare professionals, from physicians to massage therapists. I transitioned my business away from massage therapy after experiencing the benefits of this work. What to Expect Clients remain fully clothed and rest on a padded massage table. I uses a gentle approach to help reduce or eliminate pain and increase range of motion and mobility. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Do You Accept Insurance? Most bodyworkers specializing in CranioSacral Therapy do not take insurance, and I am one of them. My payment processing service accepts most health savings cards but you will want to check with your service to confirm CranioSacral Therapy will be covered.
Is Your Table ADA Compliant and Bariatric Rated? Yes! I use an electric lift table that accommodates clients of all sizes and mobility.
Lowers to 18" and raises to 37".
Wider than the average massage table measuring at 32".
Bariatric rated with a total lift capacity of 650 lbs.
Do You Work With Newborns and Young Children in Addition to Adults? Yes! Because this work is very gentle and subtle, parents who have experienced CranioSacral Therapy themselves have a better understanding of how this work will help their child. Lisa has received advanced pediatric training through the Upledger Institute. (Note: before working with any CranioSacral therapist for very young children, you should verify the therapist has specialized training. Babies and very young children have bodies that are not as developed and the therapist needs to be mindful about their techniques.)
Is There Current Scientific Research about CST? Yes - please visit the Resources Page of the website.
What Is CranioSacral Therapy? CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on, whole-body method of releasing restrictions around the brain and spinal cord to enhance central nervous system performance and allow the body to self- correct. It was developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger after eight years of clinical research and testing at Michigan State University. The Upledger Institute, established in 1985, has now trained more than 125,000 CranioSacral Therapists worldwide. CranioSacral Therapy strengthens the body’s natural healing processes to bolster resistance to disease and improve overall health. It has also proven effective in aiding individuals with a wide range of medical challenges associated with pain and dysfunction.
Conditions CranioSacral Therapy may Help? • Migraines • Neck and Back Pain • Fibromyalgia • Depression/Anxiety • Chronic Fatigue • TMJ Syndrome • Concussions • Fibromyalgia • Motor-Coordination Impairments • Autism • Central Nervous System Disorders • Colic • Scoliosis • Learning Disabilities • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries • Emotional Difficulties • Stress-Related Problems • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder • Post-Surgical Dysfunction • And Many Other Conditions
What Can I Expect From A CranioSacral Therapy Session? A typical CranioSacral Therapy session lasts from 45 minutes to 90 minutes, and takes place in a quiet, private setting. As a client you remain fully clothed as you lay on a massage table. The practitioner will stand or sit positioned at various points of your head, torso or feet. At times your practitioner may also support your limbs and spine while helping your body release accumulated tension. What you experience during a CST session is highly individual. Some people say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. You may even recall circumstances surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused your body stress. While it doesn’t occur in every session, this aspect of the process – called SomatoEmotional Release® – is perfectly normal, and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility. Because each individual response to CST is unique, the number of sessions needed to resolve any particular condition varies widely. While one session may give you the relief you need, your situation may require more therapy before it’s completely alleviated. Your therapist can best advise you in this area.
What Will I Experience After A Session? Just as each individual experiences CST sessions differently, the results can be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours. Or you may leave full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days. Since CST helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it’s common for your improvements to continue weeks after the session. You may also experience a reorganization phase as your body releases previously held patterns and adapts to a new state of wellness.
How Does CranioSacral Therapy Work? Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And few systems have as much impact on the central nervous system as the craniosacral system — the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Every day your body endures stresses and strains, and your structures work to compensate for them. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system, which can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord. The result is a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with. Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. Generally using about 5 grams of pressure — roughly the weight of a nickel — the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft- touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
Who Can Benefit From CranioSacral Therapy? Because CranioSacral Therapy is so effective as a preventive health measure, almost anyone can benefit from a session. For more pressing concerns, CST has proven especially effective on puzzling cases that have not responded well to other approaches. It’s particularly helpful to those with head, neck or back injuries resulting from an accident. The extremely light touch also makes CranioSacral Therapy a safe approach for children and infants who have experienced early stress, including birth trauma. By releasing restrictions around the central nervous system early, you may help prevent future difficulties such as learning disabilities or hyperactivity.
Are There Any Conditions That Shouldn’t Be Addressed With CranioSacral Therapy? There are a few situations in which CST is not recommended. They include any condition in which slight variations in intracranial pressure would cause instability, such as acute aneurysm, recent skull fracture, and cerebral hemorrhage or other severe bleeding disorder. If you have any questions about whether these situations apply to you, seek the advice of your physician before receiving a CST session.
Medical Disclaimer: Please consult your healthcare and/or mental healthcare provider/physician for all medical and or mental health advice. The information provided on this website is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to replace a medical professionals advice.
Lisa Snyder Integrative Healing is a licensed business with the City of Maple Grove, MN.