Cranial Sacral Therapy in New Westminster

CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY is a gentle practice used to realign bones in the skull and spine as well as fascia and connective tissue throughout the body.  This is done through the correct placing of the knowledgeable hands of a Cranial Sacral Therapist.

In the cranium (head) and face there are several bones joined together by sutures (joints).  Due to injury, inflammation, motor vehicle accidents or trauma, one or more of these joints may be altered causing compensation in another area of your head or face or travel via fascia to another area in your body.  

What is fascia?  To imagine what fascia looks like, think of a piece of saran wrap.  Fascia may be relatively thin or thick depending on its location in the body.   When you unroll the saran wrap it is flat, but tear it off and it “bunches up”.  This is what fascia does in the body due to whiplash, inflammation or injury and therefore the body doesn’t  have the agility, strength or flexibility as before and can become a “point”(source) of pain.   All unsolved distresses in the body will accumulate over the years if not solved. 

Fascia is found around and in muscles, organs and forms large longitudinal “bandages” from head to foot.  It gives the body strength, support and flexibility.  Injuries often travel via the fascia to other area(s) in the body. For example, plantar fasciitis can be due to a whiplash (neck) accident.

At first, the therapist may place their hands on the painful area of the body; thus, listening to the body and where it needs more attention.  The therapist will then decide how much their hands (either one or both) need to move in order to encourage the body to correct itself. In other cases, the hands are just held in stillness while the body does its own self correction.  Our bodies have the ability to self correct and heal, but can only do so with a knowledgeable “pair of hands”.

The human system is a unified whole and functions with large support through the fascia knowledge.

The body has inner wisdom.  

Benefits of cranial sacral therapy:  Temporomandibular joint pain, plantar fasciitis, dental work, sinus problems MVA’s, migraines and headaches, chronic pain, fibromyalgia among others.

Our Cranial Sacral Therapist, Gael White, is a Registered Massage Therapist graduating from Westcoast College of Massage Therapy in 1992 and a Certificate in Cranial Sacral Therapy from  Langara College 2010.        

 

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