Therapy is a subtle yet powerful healing modality very useful in
bringing the body to a state of balance. Craniosacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John
Upledger, an osteopathic physician, after years of research &
clinical application based on the theories of osteopath Dr.
William Sutherland. Anna became interested in this form of healing after
several of her massage clients who had incurred neck & back injuries
in auto accidents reported that they were able to achieve lasting
relief from chronic pain after being referred to a Craniosacral
Anna took her training through The Upledger Institute in 2002 and continued her education in 2012.
The Craniosacral system consists of the protective membranes surrounding & supporting the brain, the lining of the cranium, the covering of the spinal column and the cerebrospinal fluid which ebbs & flows at a rate of 8-12 seconds per cycle. This rhythm can be a window into the bodies internal condition and is felt at various places, including at the base of the skull, the shoulders, the ribcage, the hipbones, thighs and ankles as an external, then internal rotation. It represents the bodies hydraulic system as well as supporting the entire electronic system (nervous system). It is supposedly the last of the involuntary rhythms to shut down when we die. Due to accidents, injuries, or even the act of being born, nerve impingements or restrictions can occur anywhere along the Craniosacral system causing all variety of illness, discomfort, and dysfunction. By following a gentle, light-pressure protocol, the bodies natural ability to heal is enhanced, improving brain & spinal cord function, restoring immune system response as well as reducing mental & physical stress.
A full Craniosacral Therapy session is performed while the client is fully clothed and takes approximately 1 hour. Some of Anna's clients like to combine full or upper body massage with cranial work in a 60 or 90 minute session. Clients ofter say that the addition of this modality takes them much deeper into the relaxation, leaving them feeling very balanced, optimistic, and enhanced on many levels.
Among the many common ailments that can be relieved by Craniosacral Therapy are:
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint pain)
Chronic neck & shoulder pain
Fibromyalgia/ Connective Tissue Disorder
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Pain in Joints & Muscles