frequently asked questions
How frequently should I come in?
If you use Craniosacral to re-set your stress response, or to regain grounding, or to develop clarity in major physical or other themes in your life as they are embodied, every 4-5 weeks is very helpful.
If your symptoms are moderate (3 to 5 out of 10 pain or discomfort) to severe, I'd like to see you once a week or twice a month, for a month or two.
How many sessions will I need?
How long have you had your symptoms? Could your symptoms be compounded by high stress or previous injuries? If your body is well suited to this work, you will likely feel some change during or after one session. It can take 4 -8 sessions of focused work in one area for the pain or symptom to resolve. For long-standing or compounded complaints, expect the work to take longer. If you do the suggested homework, it often reduces the number of sessions.
The health and life you can recreate will be so valuable, even though it is work.
However, ultimately the work yields reward you couldn't earn otherwise.
I suffer from jaw pain and TMD. Can Craniosacral Therapy help?
With Washington State Intra-Oral endorsement, I am able to access muscles inside the mouth that directly affect the jaw. Craniosacral techniques are ideally suited to treat tenacious pain in this area as it orients with the body and not against it. The jaw is incredibly strong but also intelligent and sensitive. To match this we work respectfully, gently and profoundly. Many find they regain contact more subtle parts of themselves.
Joint capsule problems, malocclusion, bruxism, injuries, pain with chewing, pain in the upper neck, extensive dental history including surgeries, orthodontia, extractions, and bridges can change the balance of the muscles the move the jaw.
Within about four sessions, most cases improve significantly if sessions are within five weeks, and as long as there is no concurrent intensive dental work. There are cases where certain anti-depressants are concurrently causing side effects. Check with your doctor about your medication if improvements are not coming.
Craniosacral techniques focus on facilitating the proper circulation of the cerebral spinal fluid inside the cranium, which directly re-balances the nerves in the interior structures of the skull. The work includes the treating the neck, where triggers for many types of headaches originate.
Craniosacral Therapy is a must-try for headaches and migraines. It is ideally suited to help the system overcome daily demands of our often forward and ill-supported heads. With direct manual work, subtle fluid work, massage, and postural assessment and support, our whole being can begin to hold a pattern that resolves stress at a lower internal chain of reaction. The work goes quicker if one has the time and availability to self-study one's habits and also to add extra self-care.
Tech and office workers have particular challenges. Often the back of the head, neck, upper back, and sometimes forearms and mid-backs get stressed with computer work for long hours. Eye strain may cause headaches or magnify neck pain. Long hours sitting may cause over-flexed low backs, rigid hip joints, and under-used abdominals and core.
Stressful hours and loads of responsibilities can create the experience of energy collecting in the head. Vitality from the rest of the body can diminish, adding to a feeling of "load," especially in the case of "head-forward" posture, which is prevalent in over 90 percent of clients.
Massage Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy together help people who work long hours sitting to get in touch with their bodies, regain range of motion, and recondition the core and postural muscles. The body needs to be reminded of what it is to be fully vital throughout the body. It is grounding and empowering to feel the resources throughout the body work together and harmonize.
Caregivers, parents, nurses can feel the strain in the low back, pelvis, mid-back, arms, neck due to awkward positions, lifting little bodies or moving adult bodies. Also, this group extends their arms, and often carrying loads away from their body. Perhaps lifting while twisting happens. These put a strain on the structures that rotate our trunks. At times there can be a strain, spasm, or nerve impingement.
Caregivers give of themselves, heart and body, for long hours and sometimes their resources can run thin. Both Craniosacral Therapy and Massage Therapy can help you restore; it can fill up a cup inside us that has gone dry in giving.
Humans are wired to heal and rehabilitate from within by the simple act of being touched, as you know. As a giver, you need an overflowing cup, to feel at ease when pouring it for others.
Children also respond to Craniosacral for stress, headaches, pain, and concussions, as adults do. Teenagers with heavy workloads and lack of downtime are able to sink in, let go, and be supported at a deep level.
I work with children ages eight and above. For younger children, please see Lauren Christman at CraftedTouch.
For appointments for mobile teenagers, a legal guardian will need to be present at the beginning of the first appointment. Parents and guardians are welcome to be seated in the treatment room for the session.
It is strongly advised that anyone experiencing the symptoms of vertigo should see a doctor to rule out serious disorders that need immediate medical attention such as symptoms caused by medication, seizure, stroke, transient ischemic attacks, pericarditis, and hypertension.
Craniosacral Therapy may be very useful for people who have chronic dizziness not associated with a life-threatening disorder, and for whom the Eply maneuver (for the treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), medications or medical treatment has not helped.
It's important to address trauma where its embodied to allow one's whole being to access all possible internal resources to be resilient to stress, face and overcome symptoms and challenges, and to create the life one wants. That takes a lot of personal resources. Let's free up as much as we can.
Trauma has its own intelligence and the only way to work with it productively is in an atmosphere of calm, freedom, and protection from judgment. Craniosacral Therapy gives old, residual, recent, or current trauma attention in a safe and gentle way so that the body-mind can allow the trauma (perceived in the fluids and tissues as trapped energy) to find its own way. In the space of allowing the physically embodied trauma to express the potential energy inside it, it changes. It integrates. It reunites fully with communication with the higher coordinating centers. It no longer drains or unconsciously controls us. Instead, its unique story becomes just another one of our stories - discharged and more neutral.
No. It will complement additional therapies. Chiropractic or Physical Therapy, for instance, are wonderful at providing reference points for the body to regain, if it's ready. When adjustments don't hold, Craniosacral can be a helpful complement these therapies as we are finding out what other complexities the body is attempting to balance, and supporting the body to regain enough internal resources to overcome an impediment. I encourage people facing health challenges to cultivate a team of practitioners to catch many angles to support healing.
I feel movement, patterns, structures. For example, when I'm holding both the cranium and the sacrum, I'm feeling for the cerebral spinal fluid as it ripples down from the head through the spinal column to the tailbone and back up again. I'm noting the speed, and can feel if there is an excursion from the vertical flow. I am led by my curiosity in the natural progressions of phenomena I'm finding and what you are reporting. Ask me - I can give you a in-time report.
Craniosacral is led by palpating what is there in the system already and working with body's present and potential health resources. I feel the subtle movements of the fluid drive and assessing the muscles, major joints and sutures of cranium, vertebrae and pelvic area.
Energy work like Reiki introduces a specific new energy that was not there previously.
My favorite Reiki practitioner is Heidi Jo Rickard at Nourish and Revive. She successfully uses Reiki in conjunction with her work to support optimal nutrition and detoxification.
My suggestion is to know how each of them works with your body and use them accordingly. Think "team" when it comes to curating your therapy, wellness and self-care.