What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
The central nervous system’s influence over the body’s ability to function properly is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
On an every day basis, your body goes through physical, emotional and mental stresses that it must work to compensate for unfortunately causing body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can block healthy performance of the central nervous system, and risk every other system it interacts with.
These restrictions can be assessed and corrected a CST practitioner uses techniques to assess the craniosacral system to ease the motion and rhythm of the cranial pulse around the brain and spinal cord. Light techniques are then used to alleviate restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By balancing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and supporting the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to relieve a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological damage.
- Migraines and Headaches
- Stress and Tension
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Orthopedic Problems
- And Many Other Conditions
Your Therapist – Sharleen
Craniosacral Therapy, Registered Massage Therapist + Reiki, Holistic Nutrition
Sharleen has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2007. Although most of her comprehensive training and experience has been focused on rehabilitation and posture correction, the importance of helping people decrease inflammation became inevitable. She uses a variety of techniques, however has found that a fusion of Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and PNF stretching has been favored over the years. Finding the right combination for each individual client is one of the main reasons being an RMT continues to be a fun and rewarding career for her.
In 2008 she completed her Reiki Master Certification, enhancing her skills as an RMT by helping further her understanding of the Body, Mind and Spirit connection.
In 2011 she went into Craniosacral Therapy to help clients with regular headaches, concussions and PTSD. She learned it provided a lot more therapeutic benefits in addition to these conditions including Chronic Neck and Back pain, Motor-Coordination Impairments, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, TMJ Syndrome, Central Nervous System Disorders, Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD.
Sharleen found that while therapeutic massage was a great way to start helping people obtain optimal results with decreasing inflammation among other benefits, •NUTRITION• is a major key for clients to maintain anti inflammatory effects of a massage. Going back to school to get certified in Holistic Nutrition was such a beautiful way of becoming a support system and educator for her clients who desire to delve deeper into their wellness journey.