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CranioSacral Therapy

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What is CranioSacral Therapy 

What is SomatoEmotional Release Therapy 

What May Be Helped by CranioSacral Therapy & SomatoEmotional Release Therapy 

How a Session is Performed 

What You May Experience

Multiple Hands Sessions 

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the CranioSacral system, the environment in which the brain and spinal cord function.

Developed by John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., this manual therapy encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms to improve the operation of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance health, and strengthen resistance to disease.

The CranioSacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth - which make up the cranium- down to the sacrum, or tailbone.

An imbalance or restriction in the CranioSacral system can cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairment, learning disabilities and other dysfunctions.

The gentle use of five grams of pressure - roughly the weight of a nickel - to test for restrictions in various parts of the CranioSacral system. It's often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.

SomatoEmotional Release Therapy (SER)

SomatoEmotional Release Therapy is a therapeutic process that expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma.

Joint research conducted by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains the imprint of physical forces from accidents, injuries and emotional shock. The dysfunctional area is frequently isolated in what is called an energy cyst.

Although clearing negative memories and emotions is helpful in resolving the disturbances, Dr. Upledger and Dr. Karni found that total rehabilitation was not always achieved. Even when a reasonably healthy body adapts to energy cysts, extra energy is required to perform normal functions. As time passes, the adaptive pattern of the body loses its effectiveness.

Symptoms begin to appear and, over time, become more difficult to suppress. SomatoEmotional Release Therapy uses manual and verbal processing skills to help release these patterns from the mind and body.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) enhances the body's natural healing processes and has been effective for a wide range of medical problems accociated with pain and dysfunction, including:

~ Migraine headaches ~ Chronic neck and Back pain ~ Motor-Coordination Impairments ~ Central Nervous System Disorders ~ Orthopedic Problems ~ Scoliosis ~ Infantile Disorders ~ Colic ~ Autism ~ Learning Disabilities ~ Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries ~ Emotional Difficulties ~ Stress and Tension-Related Problems ~ Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) ~ Chronic Fatigue ~ Neurovascular or Immune Disorders ~ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ~ Post-Surgical Dysfunction ~ Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders

How a Session is Performed

A CranioSacral Therapy SomatoEmotional Release Therapy session usually takes place in a quiet, private setting. We recommend that clients wear loose, comfortable clothing. Clients remain fully clothed, though most choose to remove their shoes. The session is performed with the client reclining on a treatment table while the practitioner stands or sits, positioned at various times throughout the session at the client's head, middle torso or feet.

What You May Experience During a Session

Experiences during a CST/SER session are as individual as the clients and practitioners themselves. They also may differ from session to session. At times, a client may deeply relax or even fall asleep; at other times, he or she may talk a great deal, recalling memories or expressing emotions. Some will remain still during the entire session, hardly noticing the practitioner's evaluation and treatment, while others will experience sensations within the body as this process is carried out.

At various times throughout the session, the practitioner will support a client's limbs and spine while facilitating release of accumulated tension. This process is called energy cyst release or tissue release. During this release, the client might recall circumstances surrounding a past shock, trauma or injury. Releasing and re-experiencing past hurts assists the body in reversing dysfunction and restoring the previous level of mobility. This entire process has been named SomatoEmotional Release®.

MultipleHands Session


This is an "alternative" to the one-on-one CranioSacral Therapy/SomatoEmotional Release Therapy sessions.

Multiplehands Sessions are a unique session with a group of skilled CranioSacral Therapists, who have been working together as a group for a period of years.

WHO CAN WE HELP?
    Clients who may have been injured at birth or through an accident.  They may have been diagnosed with a chronic condition or one of a more recent nature.  They may have slight dysfunctions or may be completely immobile.  They may be learning disabled, near drowning, coma or trauma patients.  They may have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or multiple scerosis.  Regardless of the circumstances, they have one thing in common - they have been told that little can be done to upgrade their present level of function.

HOW DO WE HELP?
    Multihands Sessions consist of multi-disciplinary therapies.  These include CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release Therapy as well as a myriad of techniques that the combined therapists bring to the table.  The goal of these treatments is to help each client reach his or her optimum functional level while maximizing the use of their own internal healing resources.
 

Client Response:

"The spirits of [the three therapists] supported and encouraged the courage I sought  No one doubted me; no one judged my many levels of pain.  They empowered me to stay present and face my darkest fear.  There has been new life in me ever since.  I was dying by not looking at it.  No one quit on me; now, I'm in the process of living and loving and it's wonderful!" - Marguerite

SomatoEmotional Release Therapy (SER)

SomatoEmotional Release Therapy is a therapeutic process that expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma.

Joint research conducted by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains the imprint of physical forces from accidents, injuries and emotional shock. The dysfunctional area is frequently isolated in what is called an energy cyst.

Although clearing negative memories and emotions is helpful in resolving the disturbances, Dr. Upledger and Dr. Karni found that total rehabilitation was not always achieved. Even when a reasonably healthy body adapts to energy cysts, extra energy is required to perform normal functions. As time passes, the adaptive pattern of the body loses its effectiveness.

Symptoms begin to appear and, over time, become more difficult to suppress. SomatoEmotional Release Therapy uses manual and verbal processing skills to help release these patterns from the mind and body.


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