A Baby Miracle
Twin babies, Ethan and Sage, came to me for a CranioSacral “baby tune-up”, which every newborn needs to get them off to a great start.
As I gently assessed where the stress was in Ethan’s body, I could feel a twist throughout his connective tissues. As I continued to work on him, he began to pull himself into a contorted position. (When tissues are releasing their restrictions, it’s common for the tissues to return to the “position of trauma” allowing for re-organization and lining up in a healthier pattern.)
Ethan’s grandmother grabbed the camera, snapped this photo, gasping, “That’s the position he was in during the ultrasound, crammed at the top of the uterus while his sister took up all the room!”
Amazingly, his mom called me three days later with tears of joy in her voice, “It’s a Miracle! Ethan’s system is working properly! He’s eating, sleeping, and happy!”
A Healing Touch
Did you know that there’s a gentle form of therapeutic touch that can help babies and children of all ages enjoy a lifetime of improved health? CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is shown to be effective in supporting the central nervous system so that your child’s body can self-correct and heal naturally.
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet setting with the child resting at ease on Mom’s lap, on a massage table and/or engaged in play.
Using a light touch – generally no more than the weight of a nickel – Nancy monitors the Cranial Rhythm to detect potential problems throughout the body. Delicate hands-on techniques are then used to release any tensions and restrictions that may be affecting the child’s well-being.
A session can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, allowing the child’s body the optimal environment for self-healing.
History of CranioSacral Therapy
In the 1970’s American Osteopath Dr. John Upledger observed the distinct, rhythmic movement of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord during surgery on a patient’s neck. Curious as to whether the movement in this tissue had previously been investigated, he discovered the work of William Sutherland, who developed Cranial Osteopathy around 1900. Sutherland’s research also found this Cranial Rhythm, and pressure applied to different skull bones, caused different symptoms in the body.
Dr. Upledger’s subsequent years of research in this field led to the evolution of many highly effective healing techniques. In collaboration with a team of scientists at Michigan State University, he was able to understand and scientifically demonstrate some of the key aspects of cranial work. He also found that many issues previously believed to be confined to the head can in fact have primary causes elsewhere in the body.
In 1985 Dr. Upledger established The Upledger Institute, a clinical and educational resource center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He called his work “CranioSacral Therapy”, developed a highly effective seminar series, and since then over 100,000 healthcare professionals around the globe have studied the therapeutic value of working on the craniosacral system.
In his 40 years of research, Dr. Upledger has written many books, one of which is a helpful introductory volume for the layperson, “Your Inner Physician and You”.
Click here for Upledger's case studies, research, and more information.
Anatomy of CranioSacral Therapy
The craniosacral system surrounds the entire brain and spinal cord. It is comprised of the 3 layers of the meninges and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The body creates this clear water-looking fluid by filtering blood in the center of the brain, circulating it around the brain and spinal cord through the meninges, down to the lumbar area, and reabsorbing it back into the blood through one of the layers of the meninges. It has been found to have its own unique rhythm, about 6-10 cycles per minute, called “the Cranial Rhythm.” (Similar to how the ocean moves.)
Your body is made mostly of water and connective tissues. This cranial rhythm moves (ripples) through the connective tissues, all the way to the toes. Nancy uses this rhythm, feels where it is not flowing normally, and then gently works the restrictions in that area. The connective tissues (fascia) surround every little thing, looking like cotton candy, all ultimately connecting to the tissues around the brain & spine. An injury anywhere in the body can affect the CranioSacral system, causing a multitude of problems. During a treatment, the entire body is addressed, not just the head and low back, as some may think with the name “CranioSacral Therapy.”
It’s all connected!
No massage lotions are used, so the client remains clothed.
(Please dress comfortably!)
Childhood Conditions That May Be Avoided or Reduced:
- Chronic Ear Infection
- Colic, Reflux, and Digestive Disorders
- Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome
- Nursing and Latch Issues
- Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders
- Torticollis and Plagiocephaly (Asymmetrical Skull)
- Seizures, Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy
- Down Syndrome and other Genetic Disorders
- Hearing and Speech Disorders
- A.D.D., A.D.H.D., Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Emotional Problems
- Incoordination, Abnormal Muscle Tone
- Impaired Immune System
- And Many Others