Craniosacral massage is a hands-on procedure and gentle therapy that evaluates and enhances the craniosacral system’s function. This type of massage is a form of healing therapy, and in this article, we will examine its benefits in more detail.
What is the Craniosacral System?
A physiological system like the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, the craniosacral system provides the physical environment in which the spinal cord and brain function and develop. The craniosacral system’s cerebrospinal fluid and membranes protect and envelop the spinal cord and brain.
Craniosacral Massage treatment deals with the sacrum, spinal column, bones of the head and their underlying structures. It is performed using specifically designed procedures and uses a very light touch from the therapist to loosen compression and restrictions in these areas.
How Does Craniosacral Massage Work?
Craniosacral massage is a natural from of treatment that exploits the internal wisdom of the body which allows it to heal itself. Craniosacral massage therapists administer a very soft light touch to monitor the rhythm of the craniosacral system and identify the causes of stress and obstruction in the body. The rhythm of the craniosacral system can be sensed across the body.
After locating this rhythm, the therapist will aid its natural movement and free the restriction to help the body self-adjust.
Craniosacral massage therapy is effective in treating childhood conditions such as ear infections, colic, restlessness, and poor sleep. It is a non-invasive and gentle natural form of treatment that can also be used to treat babies while they’re asleep.
Can Craniosacral Massage Be Used by Everyone?
If done in a proper manner, craniocascral massage is considered safe for all people to use.
Like many massage therapies, there may be certain medical conditions in which this therapy is not recommended and contraindicated. These include instances where a slight increase and/or variation in intracranial pressure would result in instability.
Some examples of these conditions include cerebral hemorrhage, acute aneurysm and pre-existing extreme bleeding conditions that can be affected by small changes in intracranial pressure.
We highly advise that you see a doctor or healthcare provider first before starting on a course of treatment.
What are the Benefits of Craniosacral Massage Therapy?
Because of its ability to influence the function of the central nervous system (CNS), the therapy of craniosacral massage can benefit the body in many ways. Craniosacral massage is used to treat:
PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder)
Chronic neck and back pain
These days, craniosacral massage is used more and more as a mode of prevention, to relieve a wide range of medical problems and to boost resistance to disease. It has also been proven to work in the treatment of stress related illnesses and a range of sensory conditions.
What Transpires during a Session?
Like a lot of massage therapies, craniosacral massage is usually done in a private quiet setting.
You don’t need to remove your clothes during the massage although we advise that you wear comfortable clothing during the session. Most clients prefer to remove their shoes.
The therapist will ask you to lie on a treatment table or massage couch. He may either stand or sit and move around between your feet, torso, and head.
To facilitate the massage, some therapists may apply a light organic oil on the client’s skin.
Searching for a Reputable Therapist
To obtain the best outcomes from the therapy, be sure to select a qualified and well trained therapist who can make you feel at ease.
More and more osteopaths and massage therapists are integrating some craniosacral massage methods into their treatment regimen and you can find healthclubs, salons, and spas that offer craniosacral massage therapy to their clients.