Who can benefit from therapeutic bodywork?
CranioSacral Therapy is very 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 light touch 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 colic, torticollis, learning disabilities, and hyperactivity.
What can I expect when I come for a craniosacral therapy (CST) session?
Every session is unique based on the needs and requests of the client. Everybody functions differently and presents different symptoms. However, there will always be some similarities. We will always gather information about your current state of health, and areas in which you'd like to see improvement. We will make an assessment prior to the beginning of your session to determine where to begin. We start working at the lowest (inferior) point of cranio dysfunction- then work our way up until we finish at the head. If your condition is severe, it may not be possible to work as far up the body as we normally would. However, follow-up sessions will eventually allow us to work the entire body. You will be completely dressed (loose, comfortable clothing) laying face up. We have heated tables and aromatic oils for your comfort. Our clients report deep states of relaxation upon conclusion of the session. CST is deep neurological work and has permanent effects. However, you will want to allow the changes to take place in your body. Typically the body self-corrects for 3-5 days following your session. Its recommended you rest for the remainder of your day following CST. No laborious activity or stressful events. Its important to drink plenty of water following any type of therapeutic bodywork.
What can I expect after I receive a CST session?
Just as each individual experiences CST sessions differently, the results will be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours on end. Or you may feel like you're full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function during or immediately after a session, or the positive effects may develop gradually over the next 3-5 days.
What can I expect when I come for a massage session?
First, you have a choice as to the type of massage you would like (Swedish, deep-tissue, sports). You will disrobe to your comfort and lay face-up while fully covered. We use different oils or lotions depending on allergies and preferences. You can request where, specifically, you would like us to focus the therapy. Otherwise we will do a short evaluation to determine the best area to begin. Pressure is based on the client's preference. Sometimes we hear the phrase "no pain, no gain." That phrase does not apply in our practice. Massage therapy should not be painful. If it is, the work is ultimately ineffective and can create more problems. Communication with the therapist is essential and welcomed. If you request full-body therapy you can expect a relaxing massage from head to toe with reflexology mixed in at the face, hands, and feet for added benefit. For regional or area-specific work you will want to book a 30 minute or 60 minute session. For a quality full body massage its a good idea to book a 90 minute session.
What can I expect when I come for a 4-hands session?
Expect twice as much therapy in the same amount of time. Expect a synergistic blend of therapies including CST, massage, reflexology, and acupressure based your your needs and symptoms. Irene and Marty work in harmony to release stress and tension in the body. Generally Irene will practice CST while Marty will complement her work with massage techniques tailored for you. A deeply relaxing experience with great benefit to the neurological and musculo-skeletal systems. Often a good choice for those with high levels of tension, frozen shoulders, and sciatic symptoms.
What do I wear?
If you are having a CranioSacral session you are going to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Nothing constricting. If you'd like a massage- you can disrobe to your comfort level. Wearing speedos (for men) or bikinis (for women) is appropriate. Your privacy will always be honored.
How often should I schedule an appointment?
I depends on your state of health. If a client is severely affected in his/her life by their current condition we may recommend they have 2-3 visits per week; then space out those visits when their health improves. Many clients choose to book consistent appointments. Some choose to receive bodywork one day per week; while others choose to receive bodywork once per month. Your therapist will be able to make a recommendation after your initial session.
Who should avoid CST?
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.
Who should avoid massage?
Massage is not recommended for anyone who has had surgery within 6 weeks. You should not receive massage on broken limbs. Avoid massage if your are experiencing a shingles outbreak or other skin conditions (including sunburns). Its not advised to receive massage while one is sick with a cold, flu, or sinus infection. Consult your doctor if you have specific questions regarding the treatment of massage with your current state of health.
I have read negative information regarding CST. How do I choose what to believe?
Unfortunately, not everyone who practices CST has undergone the proper training. However, Irene has trained with the Upledger Institute- who trains healthcare providers all over the world to perform CST and allied modalities. Dr. John Upledger performed years of scientific research of CST at Michigan State University while serving as Professor of Biomechanics. His Upledger Institute focuses on presenting scientific findings of CST; as well as the promotion of the therapy. You can also view extensive information regarding past and current studies of CST at Upledger.com. Dr. Upledger was the founder of CST and we regard his teaching and research institute as the authority on this subject. If you are interested in further reading, consider his book on CST: Your Inner Physician and You.