01. March 2020 · Comments Off on How Moms-To-Be Can Benefit From Craniosacral Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, Uncategorized · Tags:

A woman’s pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, each three months long (about 14 weeks each per trimester). It’s observed during each trimester that certain common symptoms occur among pregnant clients that can be relieved or resolved with CST or Craniosacral Therapy.

Let’s discuss the first, second, and third months of pregnancy or the first trimester of pregnancy.

After conception, the initial few weeks are the periods when the embryonic period takes place in which the systems and organs of the developing baby are formed. The embryo or undeveloped baby is smaller than your little toe at the first eight weeks, although at this time all the internal organs have already developed with some even functioning. Because these early weeks are so important in the development of the baby, some women come in for Craniosacral Therapy to prepare for conception.

Obviously, there are would-be mothers who may wonder if craniosacral treatments are safe to use when they are pregnant?

Yes, CST is safe as well as very helpful in their body’s adaptation to the changes through the entire 40-week process of pregnancy, and she needs to have her body functioning at its optimum to support and fully nourish her developing baby.

One other concern pregnant women ask is whether CST precipitates premature labor.

When done by a qualified craniosacral therapist in an appropriate and correct manner, craniosacral therapy never works against what your body needs to do. However, in the initial 12 weeks, if there is something wrong with the pregnancy, miscarriages do happen and this may occur because the body needs to terminate the fetus. CST merely assists the body in what it naturally needs to do.

In the early weeks, one typical complaint of pregnant women is nausea, which, can be activated by an increased sensitivity to certain foods and odors. Craniosacral therapy can address this symptom and when treated in the early stages of pregnancy, it enables you to forge a very close attachment with your growing baby, allows you to adapt to changes in your growing body, most importantly, and helps you to relax. Since a Craniosacral therapist only administers very gentle touches, this is the most appropriate treatment you can avail of during the first weeks of pregnancy.

Tiredness is another symptom that can be felt by the newly pregnant mother. When Mel was 10 weeks pregnant, she decided to come for CST. She worked full time and had a two-year-old toddler. During her therapies, she entered a deep state of relaxation and even slept occasionally via a number of relaxation-inducing touches. She felt better later and was able to adopt to her hectic timetable. At almost 40 weeks, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, she named Sam.

Fourth, fifth, and six months of pregnancy (The Second Trimester).

For most of my clients at this time, the nausea and fatigue of the first trimester have disappeared. The next trimester will be the period for increasing their health and well-being. Acid reflux or heartburn is the condition my clients commonly experience at this stage. This happens because the developing baby is putting growing pressure on the woman’s abdomen.

Stella was expecting her third child when she entered my clinic suffering from reflux. She reported that during her past two pregnancies, she also had digestion issues and had read from an online article that Craniosacral therapy is one natural and safe way to relieve heartburn. I gently placed my hands on her lower ribs during our first session and within minutes, she could sense the tension surrounding her diaphragm loosen. Later, she told me the pressure on her esophagus had loosened, and she felt she had now more space for the baby. This easing off pressure helped decrease the acid flow from her abdomen to her throat. Besides CST, I recommended that she stay away from rich foods, eat smaller portion meals and wear loose clothing that will lessen the chance of reflux all the more.

If the expectant mom is taking on more tasks than she can handle and/or is suffering from anxiety, this can bring about tension headaches. Many of my clients complaining of tension headaches also had backache problems and when their backaches had been addressed, they find that their headaches have likewise been resolved. With CST, the client can tune in with the message sent by her body. She may realize the real cause of her tension headache is just a lack of rest and anxieties about labor. CST gives you the insight to know what the problems in your body are and the means to acquire the answers to those problems.

Seventh, eighth and ninth month of pregnancy (The Third Trimester).

In the third trimester, the client often experiences shortness of breath problems, and their fatigue can once again appear. At this stage, her body will show signs of slowing down because of tiredness. Some of my clients seem to experience a stuffy nose in their late pregnancy. This occurs because hormones in their body (which are preparing the vagina for birth by lubricating it) can also affect the sinuses and nostrils. A gentle session of CST can help release their nasal and facial bones that specifically relieve these problems.

With the problem of congestion, some clients find that along with Craniosacral treatments, diet can also weaken the congestion. This type of sinusitis will eventually disappear once the baby is born.

In the final weeks of pregnancy, the most common condition problem I see in my pregnant clients is back pain, which can be felt at any phase of the pregnancy but more often than not occurs in the final trimester. CST is a perfect treatment for backache and just a few sessions along with swimming, yoga, stretching exercises can lead to fewer aches and pains and a better-quality sleep.

Some expectant moms see me just before their due date. At this late phase, one can still enjoy the benefits of CST as it prepares the body for labor even more. Sometimes, when the labor seems to take longer than usual, a session or two will provide the client with renewed energy.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

23. May 2019 · Comments Off on What Is Craniosacral Therapy? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Are you suffering from lower back pain, neck pain, chronic tension, or headaches? Is your mind often exceedingly busy? Do you experience anxiety or depression? Are you finding it difficult to sleep at night, enter into a state of calmness, or relax? Is your nervous system overworked? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may probably need Craniosacral Therapy (or Craniosacral Balancing) for your self-care. This therapy is a gentle yet powerful type of bodywork that involves subtle adjustments to eliminate restrictions to the vital albeit small movement of the bones of the sacrum, spinal column, and cranium that rhythmically float in flowing fluid of the cranio-sacral system. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle but effective readjustment of the central nervous system and since the central nervous system is located in the cranio-sacral region, this therapy produces an enhanced sensation of well-being and peace along with improved body systems and brain functioning. The pituitary and pineal glands and the other glands benefit from Craniosacral Balancing. Lymph and blood are also increased through these techniques.

This field of treatment was developed through the work of Dr. John E. Upledger and Dr. William G. Sutherland and a host of other osteopaths. More and more massage therapists are learning and integrating Craniosacral Therapy into their practices mainly because of the efficacy and versatility of its technique. Some practitioners may find a variety of ways to integrate Craniosacral Therapy into their
Reiki, hypnotherapy, and massage sessions. Clients suffering from emotional/mental stress or severe muscle tension often visit these practitioners to request for these deep tissue techniques. Because these deep treatment methods benefit the soft tissues, they provide the client with an intense sensation that promotes the circulation of lymph and blood in their bodies. Some practitioners discover that Craniosacral Therapy techniques most of the time can be woven into the sessions that can actually help the client relax in a more efficient and profound way since these processes work from the inside out. This therapy is very helpful for clients who are in a frail or especially sensitive state since only a light touch is used, whereas pressure-applied massage therapy would be too much. The techniques used in Craniosacral Therapy can be used alongside other massage therapies within a session based on the needs of the client’s at that moment, adding another aspect, both physiological and energetic, to the massage therapy. As the treatment frees obstacles through the craniosacral movement, and the flow of fluids (lymph, blood, cranio-sacral) is increased, the circulation of Chi (also known as the body’s vital energy, in Traditional Chinese Medicine) is set flowing and is also freed of constriction, promoting balance and health.

Craniosacral therapy is often used to relieve hypertension, migraines, and headaches. It actually only took a few sessions of this healing method to reduce and relieve dramatically my chronic headaches. This is why I was totally blown away by the value of this therapy which is a very good way to relieve headaches, and as an extension, brain and mood functioning. While it’s often believed the cranium or skull is a single unit, the skull is actually composed of several bones that very slightly move while floating in cerebral-spinal fluid. Just as our breath and heart beat rhythmically contract and expand, so too does the cerebral-spinal fluid. The central nervous system, sacrum, spine, and brain all flow and move with the craniosacral tides. The cranio-sacral fluid’s density, interestingly, can be equated to that of the ocean, further pointing to the potential for this type of bodywork to restore balance and the natural rhythms, both energetic, chemical, and physical, as well as from without and within to the body and its various systems.

There are various causes of stuck stagnant tissues or “adhesions” in the cerebral-spinal column and cranium, and these adhesions are quite common. Decompressions can occur when adhesions are gently freed from the cranial bones literally resulting in the cerebro-spinal fluid’s ability to flow freely with the general craniosacral tide; enhanced flow of oxygen, lymph, and blood; and more space for the brain. All sorts of headaches can be ameliorated in this manner and different regions of the brain can better function after therapy. For instance, since the pituitary gland, which is the most important gland in the endocrine system, actually rests on the sphenoid, sphenoid bone adjustments can significantly boost the function of the pituitary gland. Since the sphenoid bone communicates with the optic nerve, adjustments to the craniosacral sphenoid can also improve vision. Eye strain-caused headaches may be reduced in this manner. Another example is the temporal bone. A host of symptoms can be resolved including epilepsy, TMJ inflammation, hearing and eye problems, dizziness, headaches, and even dyslexia when proper fluidity is restored to the temporal bones.

The techniques used in Craniosacral Balancing work extremely well for neck pain, more so when the first vertebrae (atlas) and the base of the skull (occiput) are misaligned or compressed. This typical pattern of restriction increases pressure on some cranial nerves, which impairs the function of the nervous system restricting the ability to relax, vitality, and focus.

Decompression by means of these methods can generate space between the vertebrae and occiput and espouse proper alignment. Restrictions and adhesions up and down the spinal column, can in fact be gently liberated via the process of unwinding and can promote realignment of the spine, resulting in the relief of back pain. The location of the base of the spine (the sacrum) can be also readjusted in craniosacral therapy, which contributes to the relief of lower back pain that resulted in misalignment which also impacts the hip or sacro-iliac joints. With craniosacral balancing, a direct relationship between the lower back, spine, and brain becomes clear. We are all aware that fluids and water conduct electricity (energy) and that electricity quickly moves through liquids. That energy can move up and down from the base of the spine with the same speed to the crown of the head, which in Vedic tradition, is known as the flow of Kundalini energy. With craniosacral treatments, blockages can be freed which is also serves to liberate Kundalini energy (as well as the energy centers or chakras of the body) whilst bolstering the physiological systems.

Craniosacral therapy has many approaches that can help relieve hypertension, anxiety, and depression. When adhesions are mobilized, oxygen and blood circulation are enhanced consequently changing the chemistry of the brain which has a beneficial and direct impact on emotion and mood. It widely known that the chemical composition of the brain is related directly to behavior and emotion. The brain’s chemistry rebalances and mood and emotion automatically shift as the central nervous system and brain use up nutrients from enhanced cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow. Craniosacral Therapy methods work with the cranial bones, sacrum, and the spine, and especially the deep bones in the cranium’s core, effectively resetting the nervous system by sending the craniosacral rhythm to a still point. Inducing this “stillpoint” temporarily to the craniosacral cycle of emptying and filling cerebrospinal fluid provides the nervous system a chance to rectify itself. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, the nervous system reset results in a profound shift into a peaceful and calm state which is sometimes called a parasympathetic shift. Through this parasympathetic shift, anger, anxiety, depression, and tension can be transformed into more balanced and positive states of being whereby the unconscious mind shifts to a balanced state of well-being from a fight or flight mode. This process can lead to calm and peace from an otherwise overly-busy mind. As calm is established and the nerves are soothed, a positive climate well-suited to balance and healing is generated. Craniosacral work therapy can be very relaxing and work gently because, mostly, small micro-movements are being utilized and since the bone movements due to craniosacral emptying and filling are extremely small movements. While it may initially appear that from the receiving end, not much is happening, as the reset takes effect, the client often moves in an almost sleep-like, profound state.

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01. February 2018 · Comments Off on Craniosacral Therapy Can Help You Conceive And Reach Full Term In Your Pregnancy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

The consummation of a healthy pregnancy is probably one of the most thrilling moments in the life of a couple. This is the time when you are able to hold your newborn baby for the first time. Unfortunately, for many couples, this milestone does not come easily. For couples for whom the experience of pregnancy and conception has become a long and arduous and even impossible affair, Cranial Sacral Therapy can play a big role in helping them realize their dream.

Fertility issues can have a number of potential causes, and in each instance, there have been couples who have tried Craniosacral Therapy (CST) who were able to complement and improve their fertility process. This can apply to couples who are undergoing a medical fertility program, and for couples who have opted to try other treatment modalities.

How does Craniosacral Therapy Work?

Craniosacral Therapy works by releasing physical tensions and stresses as well as lesions in the fascia (a layer of tissue) that wraps our nervous system and all our organs. These tensions can weaken the function of the nerves – which are the primary pathways where information is passed all over the body. The hormonal system, which is responsible for the maintenance and timing of a pregnancy, can also be affected by these fascial restrictions. Tensions can decrease the function of the womb and internal organs affecting the body’s ability to adapt or heal to the changes that happen during pregnancy as fascia can also enwrap these parts of the body.

Because of inflammation, surgery, or illness, fascia can become stressed. This is the body’s reaction in order to shield itself from further injury.

CST is a gentle and calm procedure; it boosts the ability of your body to function properly, greatly reducing the fascial layer tensions within. It also restores balance to your nervous and hormonal systems allowing them to optimally function and enhances blood circulation resulting in stronger and more efficient organ function, as more oxygen is able to reach them. This increases increase your energy, reducing your stress levels even further and accelerating your body’s ability to repair and heal itself.

CranioSacral Therapy promotes the freedom and mobility of your internal organs to adjust to the needs of the body during pregnancy. Combine all of these benefits together, and the likelihood of you conceiving and reaching full term tremendously rises. Treatment can be in lieu or in conjunction with your chosen fertility program.

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