CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on bodywork technique that helps to dissolve restrictions in the CranioSacral System. CST uses holding and gentle pressure to release tensions in the body, which can increase your general relaxation and well-being. CranioSacral Therapy helps with many conditions, including Autism, muscle and joint pain, chronic stress, migraines, mouth/TMJ problems and Alzheimer’s.
The membranes that surround our brain, spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid are very important – and often forgotten. Membranes are attached to the bones of the skull and the sacrum. When accidents or inflammations cause these membranes to become restricted or to seize up, other parts of the body that seem unrelated are also affected. Gently manipulating the cranial bones and the sacrum frees the membranes, and your whole body can then rebalance and function with more ease.
CranioSacral Therapy works well for every age. Even though it is a powerful technique, it is completely safe for everyone because it is so gentle.
Working with Children
CST works well with children and can be adapted to their age and needs. They can be held on a parent’s lap or be treated while they play with toys. At all times, they are made to feel safe and secure.
Treatments are helpful for children with learning difficulties, cerebral palsy or autism, as well as for a range of health concerns such as hormonal imbalances, digestive problems or behavioural issues such as headbanging.
Go to How can CST help Children for a comprehensive list of symptoms and conditions that benefit from CranioSacral Therapy.
Working with Pregnancy
CranioSacral Therapy can help to increase fertility and prepares the body for conception. Emotional blocks can get cleared and the reproductive organs may come into better functioning.
During pregnancy, CST can help with back and joint pains, morning sickness, emotional difficulties or stress and fatigue. In addition to other methods it is also a wonderful way to prepare for the delivery and motherhood….and what is good for mom is also good for the baby.
A specially trained CranioSacral Therapist knows how to support the mother during the birthing process and can help with bonding between mother and child after the delivery. If the baby has difficulty breastfeeding, latching and suckling can be improved as well.
Working with Seniors
As people age more physical and emotional difficulties emerge. Claudia loves getting to the root causes of people’s issues. For example, anxiety or depression can be caused by dysfunctions in the brain, by restrictions of digestive organs or by traumatic experiences which have not been cleared from the body. There is a good chance that your emotions can settle down with regular CranioSacral treatments.
CranioSacral Therapy has shown to improve brain functions and there is currently a research study in progress to show how dementia can be influenced by CST. If you are interested in learning more or would like to participate in a private case study, please phone Claudia Parkinson.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)
Questions People Ask
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A new favourite …
Polished and heated bamboo tools are used to provide the effects of Swedish massage or a deep tissue massage. Similar to hot stones, a warm bamboo massage can be deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.
Even though Bamboo Massage is not yet well known, many people who have tried it really like it. It feels good and the heat goes deep into the muscles and makes the massage more effective. I am using fractionated coconut oil as it is healthy for your skin. Nut-free oil is available upon request.
A Massage Therapy session can range from 45 to 120 minutes. It can be slow and gentle or more vigorous, just as you prefer.
You will be fully draped as per provincial requirements.
Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish Massage Therapy is a gentle full-body massage that allows you to relax from physical, mental and emotional stress, restoring harmony and flow. Simply exhale and let your tensions melt away. As your body and mind relax, your breath can deepen, and you can become more aware of your body’s wisdom and its ability to restore and heal itself.
Effects of Massage Therapy
- Deepens and eases breathing
- Relaxes and or invigorates
- Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
- Relieves muscle pain, tension and stiffness
- Improves posture/ body alignment
- Increases flexibility and range of motion in joints
- Improves circulation and nourishment of skin and joints
- Detoxifies the body
- Stimulates the immune system
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- May lower the blood pressure