This light-touch therapy releases tension patterns your body/mind is holding as the result of all the challenges it’s absorbed and retained over a lifetime.
These restrictions can cause pain and other wide-ranging negative effects on health, both emotional and physical. Craniosacral therapy releases these restrictions, and is also one of the most de-stressing forms of bodywork you’ll ever experience.
An hour is an ideal length of time for a craniosacral session. Your intake session will be longer so that we can discuss your needs, but there is no extra charge.
Massage Plus Advanced Techniques
As of 2016, I no longer offer massage all by itself, unless there’s a need for a specialty massage like pregnancy massage or oncology massage. Instead, I offer massage plus advanced techniques that can do more for you than massage alone, usually craniosacral therapy but also myofascial, lymphatic, and visceral techniques.
Typically your 90-minute session might be equally divided between massage to areas of discomfort that you choose to focus on and craniosacral work in which we let the body/mind decide what to prioritize for release.
I have a number of clients who really like this option and use it on a regular basis – every few weeks, every month or so – to de-stress and help them fulfill the commitments they’ve made in their demanding lives.
But, depending on your needs, I might also build the following methods into your session:
- myofascial techniques to release adhesions in the fascia (connective tissue that runs in a single continuous web throughout the body)
- lymphatic techniques to move lymphatic fluid (the lymph system is basically the garbage-collection system in the body; lymph nodes are where immune cells break down pathogens that have invaded the body and other materials that need to be eliminated)
- visceral manipulation to address problems in the gastrointestinal tract, including digestive sensitivities and irritable bowel syndrome
Massage during & after pregnancy
One pregnant client told me her appointment with me was the best money she’d ever spent. Another recommended me to her colleagues at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Another said she’d searched all over and it was really hard to find a massage therapist qualified to do massage during pregnancy.
Beyond national certification in my field and advanced coursework in corrective medical massage, I was certified in 2003 to perform massage during and after pregnancy. The program I trained in, MotherMassage®, is approved by the National Certification Board on Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Massage can prevent or relieve common discomforts of pregnancy such as back pain and leg swelling, and speed recovery after delivery.
Your baby also benefits, because massage decreases the level of stress hormones in your blood supply, elements of which you interchange with the baby.