Cranio Sacral Acupressure

Craniosacral therapy is is very gentle, powerful technique that has taken my ability to help patients to new levels. Sessions last anywhere from 15 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on need. I also use the technique during acupuncture sessions to properly place and stimulate the needles.

Craniosacral therapy is the most relaxing, calming technique I have ever experienced. It has an ability to release tension deep in the physical structure and in the emotions.

This approach uses an advanced understanding of the role of connective tissue and the nervous system in pain, inflammation, stress and loss of function.

Most manual therapies attack problems head on. If a muscle is tight, aggressive means are used to release the bound up fibers. This is called the “direct” approach. In many cases, this simplistic approach easily leads to more inflammation and more scare tissue forming. The direct techniques can ignore how the whole body hangs together, how a painful area may simply be responding to a tension in an area some distance to the pain. Direct modalities have an important place in patient care, but it is more difficult to make lasting change when relying solely on direct techniques.

Craniosacral work is a means to understand why a problem area may be under tension. It takes advantage of some very interesting physiology of the neuromusculo-skeletal framework. If a muscle is tight, it is contracted. Contraction of muscles imply the body is trying to move in that direction. If we allow the body to move into the direction of tension and wait a few seconds, the muscle will release. This is the called an “indirect” approach, know in the Daoist tradition as Wu Wei (無為). Sometimes the muscle is tight because it is wrapped in connective tissue that holds the tension. Connective tissue is more flexible than muscle tissue, so just working the muscle may not change the shape of the connective tissue. Light, sustained pressure is needed to induce connective tissue to change its shape and release tension.

Applying just enough force to meet the body where it is at allows release to happen spontaneously. This a more profound, long lasting change as it is a result of a physiological process, not an externally applied attempt at control from a limited physiological basis.