By Keri Smith, CMT | 01/24/2018

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a hands-on therapy that releases restrictions in the body’s craniosacral system. This system is made up of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones-including the skull, face, and jaw, which make up the cranium, and the tailbone area, or sacrum.

Restrictions in the craniosacral system can prevent the skull, spinal cord, and sacrum from moving properly, inhibiting the creation and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. When your body goes through physical, emotional, or spiritual trauma, your fascia, a thin layer of tissue that acts like plastic wrap surrounding your muscles and organs, bunches-up into restrictions that prevent the body from working the way it is supposed to. CranioSacral Therapy encourages your body to “unwrap” the fascia, releasing the restrictions. This allows the bones in your skull and sacrum to move with the body’s natural craniosacral rhythm.

A properly functioning craniosacral system is an integral part of the body’s natural healing processes. Removing restrictions allows your body’s inner physician to self-correct and function better. CranioSacral Therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure because of its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It is effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as headaches, back pain, and jaw pain. Not only can CranioSacral Therapy address recent restrictions and their resulting issues, it can also address longstanding issues, including those stemming from prenatal trauma and birth events.

CranioSacral Therapy may aid those suffering from:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

There is no set number of sessions required to address specific restrictions or areas of concern. Everyone responds differently to CranioSacral Therapy. During a typical session, practitioners will evaluate the craniosacral rhythm at the beginning and end of the session to see how your body responds. The body’s natural healing process takes time and it can take up to three days for the body to fully respond to a session. When your practitioner feels you have achieved a lasting balance in the craniosacral rhythm, the practitioner may transition you to maintenance sessions, if needed.

CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. For more information, please visit the Upledger website or contact a local CranioSacral Therapy practitioner.

Example Success Story….

“I went to see Keri Smith for severe vertigo that my ENT physician said I’d unfortunately have to live with. After only 8 weeks of cranial sacral therapy, Keri had CURED a condition that I had suffered from for over a year! I also had experienced some bouts with nausea over the years that doctors could not explain. In ONE session, Keri’s visceral manipulation completely eliminated my queasiness! I wanted to sing from the mountaintops! Keri’s impressive talents in cranial sacral therapy & visceral manipulation along with her amazing holistic approach to healing have given me my life back. What greater gift can someone receive than to be restored to health? I highly recommend Keri Smith! ” – S.K.

Keri Smith is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and owner of Nurturing Touch & Wellness serving the Ashburn Virginia area. Her specialties include Fertility Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Induction Massage, Labor Massage Instruction, Postpartum Massage, Infant Massage Instruction, Deep Tissue Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation Therapy, Reflexology, and AromaTouch Techniques. Keri is passionate about bodywork and helping her clients feel better.


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