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Therapists and Other Mental-Health Professionals

CranioSacral Therapy is very complementary to psychotherapy.

One of its principles is that the body in its mercy holds hard experiences and memories we can’t process in our tissues until a later time when it’s more possible. Aches and pains can be a call to open the territory again. 


CranioSacral is a light-touch manual therapy done with a neutral therapeutic presence with people who remain fully clothed, that helps release and integrate those experiences.

 

It's a top modality for people who have been to many doctors and alternative health practitioners for physical problems, without receiving relief.

 

 Because the craniosacral system encompasses the brain and the spine, the seat of the nervous system, it’s also very relaxing and many people with anxiety seek it out as a way to find calm.


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We offer a special, comprehensive half-day self-care package incorporating the best of everything we offer.

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CranioSacral Therapy and Anxiety

CranioSacral Therapy and ADHD


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How CranioSacral Therapy in particular soothes the nervous system:

"We speak of the restoration of autonomic flexibility as a positive therapeutic effect of craniosacral therapy. Autonomic flexibility is a term used to describe an improvement in the ability of the autonomic nervous system to respond effectively to stress and challenge.

"The autonomic nervous system maintains the vital functions and helps one survive without the need of conscious thought. It was two major divisions: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic division causes the body to respond to danger, adversity, stress, anger and ecstasy by increasing heart rate, blood pressure, air exchange volume, blood flow to muscles and all the other things which are needed to spring into action. The parasympathetic division monitors body functions during times of rest, sleep, food digestion, elimination, etc., when the body is not ready to spring into action.

"As stressful situations occur in daily life, the sympathetic system is activated over and over again. Frequently it cannot discharge the accumulated stress because modern society does not allow sufficient opportunity for the body to spring into action so as to dissipate the energy generated by a stimulated sympathetic nervous system. Therefore, the level of tone or tonic activity of the sympathetic system increases day by day as we accumulate more energy from stressful stimuli than is dissipated. This increase in sympathetic nervous system tonus causes the heart to speed up, the blood pressure to rise, the stomach to tighten, the bowels to move toward spasticity and the blood flow to be diverted from vital organs to muscle. Left in this condition, the body would not survive very well. In order to counteract the condition of readiness for "fight or flight" instituted by the sympathetic hypertonus, the parasympathetic nervous system has to act more powerfully to slow the heart rate, lower the blood pressure, aid the digestive processes and reduce the spasticity of the bowels.

"The stress stimuli keep coming in. The balance sheet shows more stress stimuli being received than are dissipated, so the sympathetic tonus continues to rise. The parasympathetic tonus must also rise in order to counteract the sympathetic system's effect. Finally, a point is reached at which the parasympathetic nervous system can no longer cope with nor effectively counteract the increased energy in the sympathetic system. The blood pressure rises, the heart rate increases, and one may develop spastic colitis and peptic ulcer or any number of other dysfunctions. We call these functional diseases. The autonomic nervous system has lost its flexibility. It can no longer deal effectively with the accumulated stressful energy within the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic system has topped out.

"A beneficial effect of many of the therapeutic techniques described in this book is the restoration of autonomic flexibility. Because the autonomic nervous system plays a large role in the homeostatic activity of the body, when autonomic flexibility is restored, many homeostatic mechanisms are made more effective."

~Passage from CranioSacral Therapy, by John E. Upledger and Jon. D. Vredevoogd, 1983.

The late Dr. John Upledger, an osteopath, optometrist and collee professor was in the forefront of basic science and clinical research in the field of craniosacral therapy, ultimately founding The Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.


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