ENGAGING THE WHOLE CHILD

Pediatric Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the Cranio-Sacral system. This body system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. An imbalance in this system can have far reaching effects on sensory, motor, and neurological functioning. In addition to the Cranial-Sacral System affecting the body, the body can have an adverse effect to the Cranial-Sacral System. This is due to the fact that each system of the body is connected with every other part of the body via fascia (connective tissue) and a restriction of these tissues can create imbalance between the different structures.

CST appreciates this unique body-mind connection, and recognizes that symptoms are often due to underlying causes. For example, tightness in lower back may be traced back to tightness in the feet, a chronic neck ache may result from childhood emotional stress, or restrictions in the cranial bones or tissue surrounding the nervous system can in turn affect neuro-motor function.

Using a soft touch, generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), practitioners release restrictions in the Cranio-Sacral System to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. CST can facilitate healing on a physical, mental, and emotion plane. Because it completes the body's natural healing processes, CST is a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It 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, Colic , Autism , Central Nervous System Disorders , Orthopedic Problems, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries, Scoliosis, 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

A session is performed with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing and lying on a massage table. Some sessions are purely structural (with a focus on biomechanics), and some sessions have an emotional component.

It is important to note that each client responds to the work in their own way. During the session individuals may feel relaxed or fall asleep, where some have emotions arise or develop a new awareness in their body-mind relationship. There is no standard session, as each session is a unique and direct response to what is present in each individual. For example, while two different clients may present lower back pain in a session, one client's pain may be relieved by finding more space in the joint between the leg and pelvis, while the other individuals pain may be subsided by releasing a restrictions in the organs.

Within three to five sessions, a person is able to sense whether Cranio-Sacral Therapy is right for them. Benefits are usually evident after the first session.