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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of body work that addresses the whole body and has a profound impact on the nervous system. It consists of a combination of listening to and gently manipulating body tissues, including the head and face, with the aids of intuition and scanning body tissues for energetic charge. Typically the focus is on the cranium-spine-sacrum area, but it is not in any way limited to it. It can be done on any part of the body where restriction is apparent.

WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of body work that addresses the whole body and has a profound impact on the nervous system.  It consists of a combination of listening to and gently manipulating body tissues, including the head and face, with the aids of intuition and scanning body tissues for energetic charge. Typically the focus is on the cranium-spine-sacrum area, but it is not in any way limited to it.  It can be done on any part of the body where restriction is apparent. The energetic aspect of the work consists of inviting the tissues to release their charge. This charge is most often due to unresolved stress and trauma- trauma being anything that impacts the mind or body more severely than it can process at the time. This includes surgeries, accidents or injuries on the physical level that take longer than physically necessary to heal.  Craniosacral Therapy can also address multi-layered emotional injury, abuse, loss of a loved one, etc,  even if it happened decades ago or feel so subtle that we are barely aware of it having had a negative impact on ourselves. The unprocessed energetic charge gets stored in the physical body, and if there is no opportunity to resolve and release it,  over time it can become chronic pain and discomfort, or even illness, the kind of thing that we can’t explain how or when or why it began, and that Western medicine is often unable to heal.

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24 hours notice is required for a cancellation, otherwise the full fee for the appointment will be charged.

LATE POLICY:
You will be given the full attention of your therapist for the remainder of your time slot.

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BENEFITS OF CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

CST is effective in treating a variety of conditions including;

  • headaches and
  • migrainesneck and jaw tension / dysfunction
  • sinus congestionimproved breathing due to snoring or other restrictive symptoms around
  • nose and throat
  • visual disturbances
  • whiplash and head injuries
  • concussions
  • sports injuries
  • various musculoskeletal injuries
  • tinnitus
  • vertigo
  • emotional stress disorders
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • mental fog and fatigue
  • chronic pain
  • post surgery pain

Once a tension lifts, especially if it has been carried by the body for a long period of time, it’s like a new world opens up and we begin to see the real possibilities of living in truth and harmony instead of the imposed limitations that chronic stress or the after-effects that unprocessed trauma often bring.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR TREATMENT

In your first session, the therapist will ask questions so that they can get a sense of how the patient is feeling and what they are looking to achieve.  Once the assessment is done, treatment follows.  The treatment is often done in silence. An important aspect of the treatment involves the quieting of the craniosacral rhythm to activate the body’s natural healing state. The client is usually lying down on their back, but depending on what area of the body the therapist is working on, other positions like standing, sitting or lying face down may be taken.  Craniosacral work involves touch,  with varying light pressure, and only rarely, with verbal warning, with more pressure, depending on the area of the body. Treatment often begins at the feet and then moves towards the area of complaint.  The area where the symptoms are located is not always the area that causes the symptoms.  It is common to experience a deep state of relaxation during and after treatment.

BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENT TIPS

Before:
CST has a profound impact on the nervous system, therefore it is recommended that patients only consume minimal or no caffeine if possible before a treatment, as it artificially stimulates the nervous system. This can interfere with the release of stress from the body because caffeine creates an environment of stress in the body and mind.

After:
In the hours after a treatment it is recommended to keep things slow and introspective.  Baths with epsom or dead sea salts or thyme are also recommended as they aid in the continued release of negative energies from the body. It can take several days for the body/mind complex to integrate the results of releasing deeply anchored energies.

It is recommended to continue to notice any shifts and changes in feelings and sensations on all levels, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, etc. These will be more noticeable if you refrain from or at least reduce consuming stimulants like sugar, white flour products, caffeine, alcohol, artificial and GM ingredients, etc

YOUR THERAPIST: SONIA

Sonia offers a treatment that is a combination of Craniosacral Therapy and Reiki, and brings with it a lifetime of both professional and personal studies and research in meditation, yoga, Feldenkrais, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, focusing, dreamwork, creative visualization, quantum medicine, energy healing and Shamanic healing.

For Sonia, giving a craniosacral treatment to a patient is some of the most beautiful and rewarding work she has ever done. She creates an environment of trust which opens the field for remarkable treatment outcomes.  She never imposes healing on the patient.  The patient releases what they are ready and willing to let go of.

Healing is never a straight or predictable road. Our minds are not yet able to fully understand what takes place in this healing field, and our belief systems can even interfere, which is why trust in the therapist is so important. Trust that even if we can’t consciously follow or understand what is taking place, it is nevertheless real and valid. A lot of the tools Sonia uses to do this work are intuition and inner sensing based, things that are not particularly valued or researched in our society. She herself had difficulty understanding and accepting the quantum approach to healing because of the Cartesian approach to health care that is still dominant in our culture, despite all the advances we have made in the fields of quantum science, in particular with regard to pain management.

FAQs

When should I seek Craniosacral Therapy?
Ideally Sonia would like to meet you in the Restorative Yoga class at 11am on Mondays at Breathe so that she can discuss beforehand whether this would be an appropriate treatment method for you. Please introduce yourself at the beginning of the class and let her know what concerns you have so that she can, with your consent, give you a sample treatment in class.  If it is not possible for you to attend the class, you can book an appointment any time. 

What to wear?
Patients should wear clothing that is stretchy like yoga wear if possible. Please avoid thick or uneven materials like sweaters, shirts with buttons, or jeans,  There is no need to remove clothing. Please no large or heavy jewelry pieces on the body, especially ears and neck.  Also, no restrictive or fragile hairdos. If you have any meditation or spiritual aids like crystals for example, or anything else that you feel will aid you in your treatment, you are welcome to bring them along.

What to tell the therapist?
Due to Sonia’s psychotherapy training, she is able to listen empathically, and with unconditional compassion. She will provide a safe place to approach and deal with difficult sensations or memories, and you are welcome to open up about anything  that seems relevant to you or that comes up during a treatment. All treatments are strictly confidential.  

In order for Craniosacral Therapy or Reiki to be a successful method of treatment, it is not necessary to consciously relive traumatic memories and experiences, as they can release directly from the body without the need for the conscious mind to understand what is happening. Thus, there is no need to talk much at all if the patient  is not interested or comfortable to do so. 

However, in order for everything to become integrated and to lead to positive changes, Sonia believes that the conscious mind has to be able to understand so it can adapt. She will usually ask the questions that seem relevant to her to help the patient integrate the release of energy into the conscious body.  

Sonia will honor your trust and respect your privacy the same way a doctor is bound by confidentiality.

Is the treatment painful?

No. It is one of the most gentle and non invasive physical therapy techniques available. Most patients would say it is the opposite of painful, since it is the release of pain. There is usually a noticeable sense of relief and relaxation after a treatment.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this page does not constitute medical advice and you should ask your medical professional before taking this advice or any other advice found online.

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