by Brenda Wakefield, MS, LMT, LMTI, CEP
Cranio-what, sacral-who … not often heard of or even known at all. Many times the question “what is it?” slides off the lips of those who hear the term not knowing what in the world is this. Let me bring attention to an alternative pain relief method that operates on another level. Hippocrates once said, “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease,” and with good reason. The brain is amazing, and if you give it proper nurturing, it may bring the body much overdue relief. So let me help; I anxiously want to share.
Craniosacral therapy is a light touch that enhances the body’s natural healing ability, dramatically improving quality of life. Think of it this way, release tension and stress deep within the body to let go of pain and discomfort and feel better overall. Who would not want to feel better after chronic conditions enslave the body and mind day after day?
I practice this modality weekly on my patients, and to the surprise of many, the relief one experiences from a single or even multiple craniosacral therapy sessions is quite apparent. The body takes ownership through the Inner Physician, coined by Dr. John Upledger, an Osteopathic Physician featured in TIME magazine as one of America’s next wave of innovators. From 1975 to 1983, Dr. Upledger’s team at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University contributed work and research which led to The Upledger Institute, eventually founded in 1985 to share this effective approach with the world.
What value does craniosacral therapy bring to the client lying on the table?
For simplicity, craniosacral therapy is the body’s way of balancing itself to release stress and tension within the fascia (webbing). This ‘under the hood’ maintenance helps the body get a tune-up that enhances the ability of our physical ‘engines’ to run smoothly.
A computer with a virus needs a clean out and reboot to get back to its original state. A cranialsacral ‘reset’ improves functionality.
Using this therapy, we tap into the central nervous system, hit the reset button and get clearance to forge forward and improve all systems. The craniosacral system is comprised of tissue and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord, and when compromised, leads to dysfunction and discomfort.
Releasing the tension and stress in the craniosacral system improves performance and naturally decreases and eliminates pain and stress. This modality is an approach that enhances health and wellness with special light-touch techniques to correct restrictions and live a better quality of life. The beauty of light touch is its effectiveness for all ages, from birth to the elderly.
Collectively, all ages included, a host of conditions may be relieved:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Birthing Trauma
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- And Many Other Conditions
The proof is in the results. Sessions are held in a safe and quiet office. How awesome to receive bodywork, to release stress – AND you don’t undress, fantastic! To lie down on a comfortable table fully clothed and relax, wow! Schedule an appointment now.
The session starts with an evaluation using light touch on various parts of the body to check the rhythm of the flow of craniosacral fluid around the central nervous system. Just imagine a piece of cellophane floating on top of water and the ease of movement barely touching it. Light touch compares to 5 grams – roughly equivalent to a nickel – and is all that is necessary to achieve phenomenal results. It’s like using a metal detector, but with our hands we find the restrictions within the tissue.
Restore balance and proper function using light touch techniques that improve and enhance the central nervous system. If you feel pain or discomfort in a particular area, such as your head, it may be trigger from a referred point such as your neck. Trace the area of weakness to the area of complaint and ‘surprise, surprise!’ relief can be restored.
An hour of your time may be the best time spent to gain relief and experience the most deeply relaxing bodywork one may ever experience. No two sessions are the same.
Originally featured in The OffBeat Business Magazine February 2016 issue.
Brenda Wakefield, MS, LMT, LMTI, CEP offers proactive massage and touch therapies and initiates the body’s natural healing ability after injury. Start feeling better today, call her office at 214-380-9700, or her mobile phone at 469-955-6530. Learn more about the therapies she provides at www.handsofchoice.abmp.com. Schedule an appointment in the DFW area at http://styleseat.com/brendawakefield