How it can Help

How can it help?

Chronic Neck, Back and Joint Pain

Headaches and Migraines

Morning Sickness

Stress and Tension-related Problems

Fatigue

Emotional concerns

Challenges with conception

Many other conditions related to pregnancy

What Healthcare Professionals Are Saying About CST

“As the former Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Lemoore California, I had the distinct pleasure to welcome CranioSacral Therapist Carol Mcllellan into our facility. I was able to observe first-hand the positive impact that CranioSacral therapy (CST) had on the health care of our patients and made me a true professional supporter of this therapy. In fact, I am now such a strong proponent of CST that I will go on the record to say that it is essential for CST to be integrated into mainstream hospital practice.


Carol Mclellan initially introduced CST in our hospital to our expecting parents in the prenatal setting, and on the labour and delivery unit. Our patients who had CST during their labour loved their birth experience. The benefits to mothers and infants are numerous.”

- Sandra L. DeGroot, RN, CNM, MSN, CAPT, Nurse Corps USN, Retired



The Gentle work of CST during pregnancy relieved my physical complaints, helped me prepare mentally and emotionally for childbirth, and allowed me to connect more deeply with my baby. I am so thankful to have discovered this treatment during my pregnancy, as it has helped me tremendously.”

- M.D., Hanford, CA

CranioSacral Therapy

Why is CranioSacral Therapy so important?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system - the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.

Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system - and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.

CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch - starting with about the weight of a nickel - practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.

By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.

And because it's so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.

How was CranioSacral Therapy Developed?

CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger. Dr. Upledger served from 1975-1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. It was during those years that his team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bio-engineers were tasked with performing the experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system.


The results of those studies explained the function of the craniosacral system, and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went onto develop CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary modalities. Featured in TIME magazine as one of America’s next wave of Innovators.  Dr. John Upledger left us in 2012 with the legacy of his life’s work that is now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through Upledger Institute International's educational programs. Over 100,000 practitioners trained in more than 100 countries have taken Upledger courses.

What can I expect from a session?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system.

By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.

Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.

A CranioSacral Therapy session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.

What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing.

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What is CranioSacral Therapy?

Check out this great video that Tad made for the Upledger Institute to explain what is CranioSacral Therapy.

Pregnancy & Birthing

CranioSacral Therapy for Conception, Pregnancy and Birthing

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on approach that works through the craniosacral system to alleviate a range of disorders and to improve health. Because of the non-invasive nature of this modality, it has virtually no negative side effects. The application of CST principles can be used to facilitate the process of procreation from initial thought of becoming prospective parents to the successful delivery of the child.


All of the amazing changes that take place in an expectant mother's anatomy show the beautiful design of her body, and how prepared her body is to conceive and nuture a baby throughthe gestation period. This wonderful example of the body's intelligence and why we should follow its lead. This is also why CranioSacral Therapy works so well. Under the premise that the human body wants to correct (heal) itself, and that both mother and baby (fetus) know what needs to be undertaken to affect a successful delivery, CranioSacral Therapy can be applied prior to conception, through pregnancy, labour and delivery. This is empowering to the mother and child, as well as to the father and family of the newborn.


As the pregnancy progresses, CranioSacral Therapy techniques are employed which focus on the mother and the baby as individuals concurrently while functioning as one. The results have significantly demonstrated that the process is facilitated and the outcomes are improved.


Complementing traditional methods or prenatal care with appropriate use of CST may preclude the need for other more invasive techniques. CST may also ease the recovery from necessary invasive procedures. Ideally, the birth will be remembered as a wonderful experience and the "labour" as a labour of love.

How can it help?

CranioSacral Therapy Strengthens the body's ability to take better care of itself. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction.


Through the on-going use of CST during pregnancy and delivery the following clinical findings have been noted:


* CranioSacral Therapy has been able to be used instead of Pitocin to both start and/or augment labour.


* Adequate progress for the Active Phase of the First Stage of Labour (4-10 dilation) - 1.0 cm per hour - mothers receiving CranioSacral have not shown any evidence of prolonged labour.


* Infants born to those mothers who have received epidurals have shown non-negative effects of the epidural.


* While birthing a baby quickly may imply "more efficiency," and while our average Second Stage (time pushing) is shorter when CranioSacral Therapy is applied, speed is not necessarily a sought after goal. Optimizing whatever time it takes IS the goal.


* None of the babies born have required resuscitation efforts.


* Common phrases used by mothers after first few weeks include: "alert, not fussy, at peace with him/her, calm."


*Mothers report recovering more quickly and that the adjustment to motherhood is not difficult, or not as difficult, compared with the birth of their other children.


* Breastfeeding seems to be more easily accomplished and parents seem to be enjoying their children more.


* Applying CranioSacral Therapy during a new mother's first labour and delivery appears to assist the mother through subsequent labours and deliveries.


* Involving fathers and siblings during CranioSacral sessions can strengthen the bond within the entire family.


* Employing the techniques we have developed appear to be producing consistent, predictable results.

What does it feel like?

A typical CST session takes place in a quiet setting with mother-to-be resting on a massage table in a position most comfortable for her. Of course during labour treatment may occur however the mother needs to be; on the floor, in a bed, in a pool, in a hospital bed... A new mom is usually treated in a seated position or lying on a massage table with her baby.


Using a light touch, generally no more than the weight of a nickel, the therapist monitors the rhythm of the fluid that circulates throughout the central nervous system of the mother and the baby to detect potential imbalances. Delicate hands-on techniques are then used to release any tensions that may be affecting either mother or baby. Similar hands-on treatments are applied to a new mom and her baby.


A session can last from 30 minutes to more than an hour. The results is a central nervous system that is more free of restrictions and a body that's better able to return to its greatest levels of health and performance..

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Fertility

CranioSacral Therapy & Visceral Manipulation

Many of the issues that contribute to infertility can be traced to scar tissue, fascial restriction, and lymphatic congestion in the pelvic region. Manual therapy techniques exist to release fascial restrictions, to mobilize tight ligaments, and to drain congested lymphatics, all of which can be applied to the reproductive system. CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch Osteopathic technique that can help  with physical fertility concerns or somatoemotional fertility concerns.

Newborns & Babies

CranioSacral Therapy for Infants

Childbirth is a journey like no other. For the mother and father it is one of wonder, excitement and the unknown. For the child it can hold all the rewards and risks that new life offers.


Thankfully, for babies, there's a gentle form of therapeutic touch that can help them enjoy a lifetime of good health. Its called CranioSacral Therapy, and it can help your baby overcome congenital and acquired health challenges and prevent new ones from occurring. 


CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch therapy shown to be effective in supporting the central nervous system so that your child's body can self-correct and heal naturally.  As the control center of the body, the central nervous system influences every other major body system and function. That's why problems here can cause a wide range of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities.


By supporting the central nervous system and releasing restrictions throughout the body, CranioSacral Therapy has shown to bring about profound healing. And because it's so gentle and non-invasive, newborns and premature babies can benefit from this essential therapy.

We also offer Lactation Consults with an IBCLC

How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet setting with the baby resting at ease on a massage table with a parent, on a parent's lap or even on the floor. The idea is for the baby to feel comfortable, close to familar people and supported.


Using a light-touch, generally no more than the weight of a nickel, the therapist monitors the rhythm of the fluid that's flowing around the central nervous system to detect potential problems. We also assess body tension and fascial ristriction that can be affecting baby’s central nervous system. Delicate hands-on techniques are then used to release any tensions that may be affecting your baby.


A session can last from 15 minutes to more than an hour. The result is a central nervous system free of restrictions and a body that's able to return to its greatest levels of health and performance. 


Even a single session can help your child achieve priceless benefits, from calmness and greater focus to better intgrated sensory facilities. Additional sessions can extend and strengthen these outcomes, which may help in creating a lifetime of good health for your child.

The Benefit of Early Facilitation

​It's widely recognized that in certain instances, the birth process can generate mild to severe central nervous system abnormalities. CranioSacral Therapy carried out in the delivery room or within the first few days of life can potentially reduce a wide spectrum of health challenges, many of which might not otherwise become apparent until the child is in school. It can even address problems with head shape and skull-bone override, naturally.

Many congenital and acquired health challenges also respond well to CranioSacral Therapy. It has shown to be effective at improving and maintaining a healthy immune system and because it is gentle, non-invasive qualities, it seamlessly accommodates other therapies delivered by early intervention teams.

Video

Check out what an infant treatment can look like.

CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to Help with

Lactching Issues

Tongue and Lip Ties

Colic

Reflux

Digestive Disorders

Constipation

Gas

Sleeping Problems

Birth Trauma

Shoulder Dystocia

Hip Dysplasia

Torticollis

Plageocephaly (Head Shape Issues)

Cesarian Complications

Breathing Troubles

Sinus Problems

Hydrocephalus

Seizures

Failure To Thrive

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Congenital Disorders

and so much more


What Healthcare Professionals Are Saying About CST

“I entered the NICU as a CranioSacral Therapist and found a calling from the babies to utilize this treatment for them. CST has been shown to reduce the effects of stress on the body from the birthing process and seperartion from the parent. CST has also been shown to assist the baby by providing physiological stability, promoting resilience as the infant responds to environmental stress, and improving sleep states.”

Karyn Quraishy, MS, PT, ATC, CST

“The inner wisdom of a fetus and an infant is every bit as intelligent as that of an adult. It knows what its body needs to correct its dysfunctions. It knows why those dysfunctions are present. It has a softer voice than the adult inner wisdom. Therefore, the CranioSacral Therapist must learn to listen more carefully. Once the connections is made, all the information you need will be forthcoming.”

John E. Upledger, DO, OMM

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CranioSacral Therapy for Children

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of treating the membranes and cerebral spinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This treatment assists the self-corrective nature of the nervous system by freeing up tight structures thus leading to reduced pain and stress, strengthening immune system recovery, improving information movement through the nerve channels, and enhancing health and well-being. Because it’s so gentle, CST has been proven effective for people of all ages, for all kinds of problems affecting the nervous system.

How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takeS place in a quiet, peaceful setting. Parents are encouraged to bring toys and blankets to the session that the child will associate with comfort. The child remains clothed, and is treated  on a padded table, chair or floor.


Parents stay in the therapy room and participate in the child’s session. They may lie on the table, sit close by or lie on the floor with the child, if that helps the child feel more secure.


Reactions to CST vary. Children may sleep through the session, while others may be alert, and even crawling around (toys come in handy to distract them and keep them stationary). Older children are usually confortable lying on the table and relaxing. CHildren may be silent or vocal, and sometimes may cry. The therapist works with the child to help them to feel secure and relaxed.


Even a single session can help your child achieve priceless benefits, from calmness and greater focus to better intgrated sensory facilities. Additional sessions can extend and strengthen these outcomes, which may help in creating a lifetime of good health for your child.

CranioSacral Therapy Has Been Shown To Help with

Congenital Disorders

Chronic Ear Infections

Sleep Issues

ADD and ADHD

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cerebral Palsy

Erb’s Palsy

Digestive Disorders

Connective Tissue Disorders

Emotional Difficulties

Hearing Disorders

Eyesight Issues

Learning Disabilities

Motor-Coordination Impairments 

Nerovascular Disorders

Immune Dissorders

Post-Surgical

Seizures

Sensory Processing Disorders

Anxiety

Depression

and much more

The Role of CST in Assisting with Nerodevelopment Disorders

Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders

The science behind these conditions suggest some degree of body inflammation. The biological reasons for this inflammation are now coming to light. CST has been shown to treat the consequences of inflammation of the brain and nerves. This helps to soften and loosen tight body parts. CST has also been shown to calm the brain, which can assist with learning and self-control.

CST has been reported in research to help alleviate or diminish the following:

Sleep Disturbances

Shallow Breathing

Irritibility, Erratic and Repetitive  Behaviours

Sensory Overload

Tantrums

Anxiety

Fight-Flight Reactions

Head Banging

Self-Abusive mutilation

Self-Stimulation Behaviours

Aggression

Intense Sensory Seeking


CST has been observed to improve the following:

Normalize reactions to sensations

Achieve calmness and focus; readiness to learn and interact

Feel sensory feedback, so body and hands start doing more things

Communication abilities (verbal and nonverbal)

Self cares

Quality of life for the child and family

Works with the biomedical approach toward recovery of symptoms

Helps reduce seizure activity

Promotes detox of the body

Assists in healing tissues and organs

Augments existing multidispline therapy programs

In a recent international research study on the benefits of using CST with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A majority of participants reported measurable changes begin to emerge within 1 to 5  sessions after beginning CST.


The top three areas evaluated change in behaviour following CST were general behaviour, sensory reactions, and social.


Participants also reported improvements in cognitive skills, communication, emotional stability, and biological functions.

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What parents are saying about CranioSacral Therapy

“CranioSacral Therapy has an immediate calming effect on my child. He relaxes and lets go. He will often ask for a session if we have forgotten to make an appointment. Monthly sessions seem to work best now.”


“My daughter, who doesn’t like being touched, not only copes with, but seems to look forward to, going to her CST treatment. It makes her feel better.”


”CST madea dramatic difference in sensory defensiveness (improved), allowed better sleep, and has been a key therapy in helping my son. It has been a vital and necessary therapy...”

Team

Nathalie Grand-Maitre, RMT

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Registered Massage Therapist

CranioSacral Therapy

Visceral/Neural Manipulation

Danielle Hibbs, RMT

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Registered Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy

Kristy Van Den Bosch

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Birth Coach

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