CranioSacral Therapy & SomatoEmotional Release
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, light touch modality working with the membranes, bones, and nerves that make up your central nervous system. The therapist uses no more than five grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel, to access the intracranial membranes, which are responsible for pumping the cerebral spinal fluid throughout the system. When there are restrictions in this system, dysfunction can occur.
Whether it is in the alignment of the bones in the skull or in the membranes themselves, the system is unable to produce and distribute the fluid properly. Providing nourishment and detoxification to the nervous system, this function is essential to a body’s well-being. This gentle method is soothing and calming to experience. CST was developed by Dr. John Upledger and is practiced by massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and cranial osteopaths.
Another component of Dr. Upledger’s work is called SomatoEmotional Release. It involves a therapeutic dialoguing process between the client and practitioner whereby the person on the table is encouraged to get in touch with his or her own body wisdom plus feelings that may play a part in the way that the body is functioning. Oftentimes, the acknowledgement of these feelings can be enough for the body to stop holding on to pain. Residual effects of trauma are alleviated through release in the tissue.
These modalities are good for the following conditions:
* Migraine Headaches
* Chronic Neck and Back Pain
* Motor-Coordination Impairments
* Central Nervous System Disorders
* Orthopedic Problems
* Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
* Infantile Disorders
* Learning Disabilities
* Chronic Fatigue
* Emotional Difficulties
* Stress and Tension-Related Problems
* Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
* Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
* Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
* Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Chi Nei Tsang
Chi Nei Tsang is an ancient Taoist method of visceral manipulation whereby the practitioner uses Chi-Kung to aid in the release and detoxification of the organs. The practitioner guides the client through breathwork and visualization while manually manipulating the organs. The foundation for this modality lies in the Chinese Five Element principals upon which Acupuncture is also based.
Chi Nei Tsang is beneficial for many different types of digestive issues, lymphatic blockages, chronic stress, and sleep disorders. Like CranioSacral Therapy, it can bring up the underlying emotional components as well. It is practiced with clothes on and the abdomen exposed.
Deep Tissue works with the musculo-skeletal system through deep slow pressure on the muscles and their origins and insertions. It can relieve joint pain and restrictions in range of movement. It also aids in detoxifying the body through breaking up adhesions and congestion in the tissues.
Deep tissue work is great for sports injuries, chronic back and neck pain, joint dysfunction, repetitive stress injuries, and atrophied muscles. It is a great complement to other therapies because it addresses the musculo-skeletal system.
Fertility, Pregnancy & Post-Partum
Women who are in the process of trying to get pregnant are often under a lot of pressure. CST, SER, and CNT can benefit her by assisting in the release of the reproductive tissue along with any emotional blockages that may be connected to them. Whether single, married, or in a same-sex partnership, freeing up a woman’s mind and body can help her become pregnant more easily.
Pregnancy is an exciting time in women’s bodies. They undergo an extreme amount of change in a short period of time. Muscles, organs, fluids, ligaments, and bones are in a constant state of change as the body adapts and supports this new life. CST and SER, along with Deep Tissue, are an important way for a woman to stay balanced and healthy so that her baby can develop. These modalities can also help to prepare her and her body for the exciting event of labor and delivery.
Receiving work post-partum for the new mom and baby is a gentle way of making the transition into life. A baby’s body endures a great deal of trauma during birth. Though an integral part of life, it can be the first place that physical issues arise. If given the support, a baby can self-correct and be given a greater opportunity to develop its hand-eye coordination, neurological, and digestive systems. CST is great for babies with colic and digestive issues, sleep issues, skin rashes, and head molding. Because CST uses only 5 grams of pressure, a baby’s skull can be given the opportunity to balance itself out without the fear of injury.
Some of the most grateful patients are animals. They respond well to the gentleness of the energy and often will settle down into extremely relaxed states during a session. Like their human partners, they suffer from many different ailments including arthritis, digestive issues, anxiety, nervous system and musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.
Cranio-sacral therapy is an intuitive process that allows the animal’s inner wisdom to be the guide to the body’s natural healing mechanism; therefore a language barrier is never an issue. Animals find many different ways to communicate their needs and feelings. It is always an honor to be present for animals and to help facilitate greater ease for them.
Each session is individually tailored to the client based on his/her physical challenges and emotional needs. In her experience, Celine has discovered that recurring physical challenges and patterns are often linked to unprocessed emotions. If both are addressed simultaneously, the body has a greater chance of healing fully and more rapidly. Celine assesses the body using a light touch, looking for areas of blockage, tension, tightness, lessened range of motion and energetic restrictions in all the different body systems. She then works on those areas using a variety of modalities while asking the client to be present in their body and expressing any sensations or emotions they may be experiencing.
Oftentimes images from the client’s past, physical or emotional traumas will be unveiled. It is through a neutral witnessing and connected intention that she and the client can find ways to move through and release any remainders from these experiences. In cases of acute injury or trauma, she is skilled at using her understanding of anatomy and the different modalities she has studied to help facilitate rapid healing. Many of her clients are amazed at how quickly they heal if they have been able to receive a session close to the date of an incident. She primarily practices on fully clothed clients unless she is doing deep tissue or soft tissue work.