Body Talk: CranioSacral Therapy – Stillness

Years ago as a new massage therapist, I found pressing on an aching body created more discomfort, rather than less. A day or two would pass for my clients to begin feeling better following a session in my office. Over time I began to look for a modality which created less pain, deeper release and allowed my clients to let go of restrictions in order to become pain free and mobile again. Craniosacral Therapy practice came into my awareness and I began to take classes through the Upledger Institute, mentioned in this article about Craniosacral Therapy (CST):

The Mindset for Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is practiced with a light pressure to the physical restrictions of the body felt by the hands to the tissues and inviting release. There is a sense of invitation that my hands feel, when a joint, muscle or tendon is ready to release. A quiet, stillness settles into the body as this invitation to let go spreads through the surrounding tissue. The nervous system calms down, the mind settles into stillness and the body drops into deep relaxation. For some people, there is little sensation of this release, yet on rising from the table, they are aware of how much more relaxed and pain free they feel after a CST session. For others, there is a moment by moment realization of the subtle letting go that unfolds during a Craniosacral Therapy session.

The stillness achieved by both the practitioner and the client during a CST session is deep, quiet and healing. Sometimes the hands will rest on a client for 3-5 minutes as the body deepens into relaxation and healing. Time stands still for those moments as the body finds it’s way into balance and quiet presence. The tissues of the body become fluid, under my hands, gently flowing into alignment. Relaxation deepens with each softening of the joint, muscle,  and tendon. Distant points in the body release as well. For example, the neck may release as the ankle is treated. Though I can tell you of my experience as a practitioner, your presences on the massage chair or table will offer you a first hand experience and benefit of CranioSacral Therapy.

Please call to schedule a CST session: 365-0852 cell

In Peace,

Sarah-Elizabeth, MA, LMT

 

Body Talk: Bodywork

Conversations with people lately around the term “bodywork” have lead me to explore the definitions and understanding of this word. The online link: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bodywork has this as the third definition:

body·work definition
Pronunciation: /-ˌwərk/ Function: n
: therapeutic touching or manipulation of the body by using specialized techniques

So, when you hear a massage therapist talk about “bodywork” please understand s/he is not referring to your vehicle, van, car, corvette or other metalic vehicles. S/he is referring to hands on movement of the physical body!

Bodywork goes beyond the surface of the skin, down into the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Pain relief often comes as the body comes to a relaxed posture. This effect on the entire physical body unfolds as a person finds deep relaxation from massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and Reiki. We are all connected!

In Peace and Gratitude,

Sarah-Elizabeth