What is CranioSacral Therapy(CST)?
CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle form of bodywork known for it’s deeply relaxing effects. It is said to calm the nervous system, decrease inflammation, and is used to treat many physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions. CranioSacral Therapy influences the rhythm of the cerebrospinal that surrounds your brain and spinal cord, helping to restore a natural rhythm of ease and flow. For an incredible MRI of the cerebrospinal fluid and it’s movement, visit this page.
The Upledger Institute summarizes CST as follows:
CST 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.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- 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
CranioSacral Therapy, much like therapeutic massage, can help with pain relief, muscle relaxation and decreased stress hormones. It can be a gentle and non intrusive way to help the body release trauma and recover from illnesses and injuries. Most people experience a sense of deep relaxation and peace during a session and many fall asleep.
You will find our healing space in downtown Auburn California a safe and peaceful place to receive CranioSacral Therapy. During the treatment you will remain fully clothed and be prepared for a deeply restorative and even joyful experience. It is best if you schedule some extra time for yourself after the session to integrate the experience.
Please read what clients are saying below:
“Jessica is amazing! She is a truly gifted healer. I have had both massage and cranial sacral therapy and would highly recommend either. Jessica is thoughtful, timely for her appointments and exceeds all expectations. She is very thorough in getting a clear understanding of what is problem areas you wish her to focus on, but also is extremely intuitive. When she is done you will be in a “ZEN” like state.” ~Sheryl, Auburn CA
“I received a Craniosacral body work session from Jessica yesterday. My session was deeply transformative, restful, and rejuvenating. I literally felt tension dissolving out my body. I left feeling pain free, more grounded, and with an elevated sense of wellness and ease. Jessica was very attentive and professional in her intake process and throughout our entire session. If you are looking for an outstanding body worker, Jessica is ideal. She is impassioned about her work, is constantly educating herself in the field, and has a caring and compassionate heart. I highly recommend her.”
~Karen W. Auburn, CA
“Healing and Nurturing are the descriptive words that first come to mind when reviewing a cranio-sacral session with Jessica. Using her empathic gifts, Jess and her healing hands have a ‘knack’ for tapping into the root of the problem whether it be physical, emotional, energetic, or spiritual. I can confidently recommend bodywork with Jessica as a responsibly wonderful good choice in self-care. In an hour, the release and relief I felt in my back was most definitely noticeable. Thank you, Jessica!” ~Deborah N. Auburn CA
“I want to share that I had the most incredible hour-long massage and cranio sacral session at Awaken Integrative Bodywork today, and feeling more balanced, stress-free and present than I have in months! So very grateful to you, Jessica, you have healing gifts!” ~Theresa H. Auburn CA
“…Finally figured out how to listen to my body!…” ~Jessica L. Auburn CA
“Jessica provided a deep and subtle relief that eased my pain. Her space was a calm,safe welcoming sanctuary and felt quite removed from the hurry and hustle of life; timeless and soulful . I felt deeply heard and respected. Very peaceful experience. I will be back!!!” Laura W. Auburn CA
“My experience with Jessica is that she is a highly skilled intuitive healer. I recommend her for anyone looking for a relaxing rejuvenating healing experience for mind body and soul.”~Nicky M. Auburn CA