What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on a wave-like rhythmic impulse that can be felt throughout the whole body. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners are able to release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve functioning of the central nervous system and throughout your body. Since the Craniosacral system works with and affects the nervous system, craniosacral therapy can have far-reaching healing effects on the body.
The goal of this therapy is to support the body’s own ability to heal itself.
What clients can expect?
During your initial visit, Brigitta will take some time to discuss your medical history, current health concerns, and the goals for your visit. Please wear loose-fitting clothing. You will then be asked to lie down on the massage table, and a blanket or sheet will be offered if needed. Most of the treatment is done lying face up.
Clients usually relax deeply during these sessions. Sometimes they may feel a slight tingling or warming sensation in certain parts of their bodies. Some clients feel a noticeable difference after the first session. Often it takes about three sessions to see clear, consistent improvement. The number of sessions needed varies depending on the individual’s constitution and the particular ailment that needs to be addressed.
I am accepting clients 8 years and older for Craniosacral Therapy.
Craniosacral therapy can be beneficial for the following conditions (and more):
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic pain anywhere in the body
- Temporal mandibular joint pain [TMJ]
- Sinus problems
- Poor digestion or elimination
- Poor immune system functioning
- Low energy
- Sleep disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- General nervous tension
Brief history of Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy originates in Andrew Still’s system of osteopathic medicine in the late 1800’s. It owes much to subsequent pioneers of the technique, such as Dr. William G. Sutherland who extended Still’s system into cranial osteopathy in the early to mid 1900’s. Dr. John Upledger, also an osteopathic physician, further developed these techniques and coined the term craniosacral therapy in the 1970’s. The Upledger Institute was the first to teach craniosacral therapy not only to doctors, but also to other practitioners such as physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists.
- Intensive Certification Craniosacral Course with Ursula Popp in Seattle WA, 2015-17.
- Continued Advanced Craniosacral Courses with Lauren Christman at Crafted Touch, Inc., Seattle, WA
- Massage License # MA60234853 (a license through the Department of Health is needed in order to practice craniosacral therapy)