FAQ

How Is A Treatment Performed?
Treatment is very gentle and non-invasive, always respectful of the client’s needs and honoring their innate wisdom. Generally, the client is clothed and in a comfortable position. The therapist will evaluate and treat by placing their hands in a variety of positions on your body. Experiences vary from session to session. At times it may be very quiet and you may fall into a deeply relaxed state or even sleep, or there may be dialogue and expression throughout. You may feel a range of sensations, or recall memories or emotions that are pertinent to healing. Sometimes these may be subtle and at other times very apparent. Following treatment, changes continue to integrate for several days, and often several weeks.

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What Should I Expect For My Initial Treatment?
Initial appointments range from 55-90 minutes depending of the severity of your concerns. A review of your medical history and current situation will be obtained, and specific assessments may be performed as appropriate. A thorough Craniosacral Evaluation and Treatment will be done. Findings and recommendations will be discussed with you.

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What Can I Expect Following A Treatment?
Treatment continues to integrate long after having a session. Many people experience changes for several days, and often several weeks. Each person, and each session are different. Sometimes you may feel very relaxed and need to sleep after a session. Other times you may experience an increase in energy. Reduction of pain or an increase in function may occur immediately after the session, or it may develop gradually over the next few days.

Many people notice immediate benefits in their overall well-being, including decreased stress and tension, and improvements in sensation, energy, mental clarity, etc. You may also notice changes in sleep patterns, dreams, mood , digestion/elimination, appetite, and emotions. These are all natural as the body restores balance, however if you have any question at all, please contact your therapist .

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I Experienced Some Discomfort After A Treatment. Is This Normal?
There are a few reasons this may occur: 1. Your body may be temporarily recalling a pattern from a previous trauma as it is releasing from the tissues. Often we adapt around areas of injury, and may not even remember they occurred. The body holds them and compensates around them. As we ‘peel off these layers of adaptation, and get closer to the source of the problem, the suppressed pain may rise to the surface .

2. Areas of ‘numbness’ that have been in shock, dissociated , or injured may be “waking up “ and ‘coming back to life’, and therefore be more sensitive.

3. Sometimes as we move closer towards examining the root of a problem, especially if there is an emotional component involved, our symptoms may amplify. This can serve either as an attempt to distract us from something unfamiliar, or as an attempt to keep us focused on that area so that we will not stop before the issue there is fully resolved .

4.You may be experiencing a release of toxins as a result of the body’s natural healing process. This is most obvious with increased perspiration, nausea, headaches, muscle aches and pains, sore throats, and feelings of sluggishness. It is important to drink extra water after each session to help flush these toxins out.

If you do experience a period of symptom exacerbation as your body integrates and reorganizes, it should be transient, lasting anywhere from a few minutes up to ~36 hours. If these symptoms do not achieve resolution within 24-36 hours, it is recommended that you immediately come in for another treatment so that we can assess what is going on , and assist your body in moving through the current layer of restriction.

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Is CranioSacral Therapy A Head Massage?
No- We address each person as a whole- including body , mind, and spirit. Although the CranioSacral system specifically refers to the membranes and Cerebrospinal fluid that surround, support and protect the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord), it is a whole body therapy. Restrictions anywhere in the body may distort the CranioSacral system, thereby altering the ability of the Central Nervous System to function as it is meant to. All body systems are regulated by the Central Nervous System, and we are assisting the ability of the body to regain its adaptability in all areas.

I Am Used to Deep Massage- How Can Such A Light and Gentle Touch Do Anything?
A little goes a long way. If you think of a boat on water, it is clear that it does not take a lot of force to move a big structure. The body is mostly fluid, and we are working with the laws of fluid dynamics. A basic principle in physics (Pascal’s )states that any pressure on a confined liquid is transmitted to every point in the liquid. An example of this is if you sit on a waterbed, and see how the entire bed shifts. Gentle placement of appropriate forces affects the entire system. Additionally, we are working to facilitate change in your body’s innate self-regulating mechanisms. To do this requires trust and safety. Using harsh or painful tactics to break through areas of tension may be appropriate at times, however it often evokes the body’s defensive response to protect itself. We do not wish to engage another defense mechanism- rather, we are seeking to allow your body to resume a state of relaxed balance.

Why Are You Working On Areas That Don’t Hurt?
The Body is a Whole.
Although we tend to break ourselves into many parts, our bodies operate as a system of related interactions. No component functions in isolation. If you affect one part, you are automatically influencing another. Every structure in our body is influenced by fascia and by the state of the Central Nervous System . Fascia is an uninterrupted, three dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, from front to back, from interior to exterior. It is designed to provide support, separation, and ease of motion among structures, maintain structural integrity, and act as a shock absorber.

Injury, inflammation, disease, surgery, and poor posture can cause fascial adhesions (sticky spots). These may also develop from gestational and birth factors, chemical or environmental toxicity, and physical, mental , or emotional stress. Adhesions tighten and create areas of adverse strain which compromise motion. When structures cannot move, they cannot function. Our body must adapt and compensate for these areas of restriction, which in turn, depletes energy and creates additional strain for interrelated parts. These effects may remain local or reach distant regions of the body because of this interconnected network. Imagine tugging on the bottom of your shirt. You can see and feel the tug transmit up to your shoulders.

Often , we have injuries that may have happened many years ago, which we may not even remember, that are part of the origin of our current condition. A mild ankle sprain may develop into a knee problem, then a hip or low back problem, eventually working its way into an issue in the digestive system. We work to peel away the contributing layers of adaptation that your body has accommodated for, and release the origin of dysfunction.

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How Can You Possibly Feel The CranioSacral Rhythm ?
Each body system has palpable, inherent qualities. Some qualities are obvious and some are subtle. It is obvious that we can feel the rate and quality of our breath and our pulse. As therapists, we evaluate and “listen with our hands” to the subtleties of the CranioSacral System, fascia, lymphatic, organs, muscles, bones and energy systems and look at how these systems are relating to each other. We are trained to look beyond the obvious to find and help release the origins of dysfunction, which may not be found through other means of diagnostics.

What if I Am Not Sure I Felt Much During My Session?
Everyone has different levels of body awareness . Sometimes, although you may feel our hand contact, it may be challenging to feel subtle movement of fluids or structures shifting internally. Other times these sensations may be readily apparent. The protective nature and guarding around areas of injury may also have an effect on what you feel during or after a treatment. Layers of adaptation around an area of strain may need to dissipate, and changes are cumulative, each treatment building upon the last . As we work to access and release the core of your symptoms, changes are taking place within. As greater integration of your body occurs, you may begin to experience enhanced awareness of more subtle sensations.

If I Fall Asleep, Does It Still Work?
Yes. Healing requires accessing a restful state within the Nervous system in order to repair. Often people find themselves attaining a deep state of relaxation during or after a session. It is common to fall asleep as your body is receiving the restoration and replenishment it needs. This may not always be the case, and as you achieve greater balance within the nervous system, may or may not occur. Either way, you are receiving what you need at that particular time to assist your healing.

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Are There Any Contraindications or Precautions for Treatment ?
Generally, the gentle techniques we utilize are safe for mostly everyone. It is important that you are specific in completing the medical history forms that will be provided to you so that we may be aware of any precautions or contraindications for your treatment.

Situations in which CranioSacral is not recommended include conditions in which slight variations in intracranial pressure may cause instability.

Examples of this are: •Acute Aneurysm •Recent Skull Fracture •Cerebral Hemorrhage •Other severe bleeding disorders

We also need to be made aware of any of the following : •Lymph node removal • Active Infections •Implantation of medical devices including IUD, catheters, etc

*If you have a known or suspected concern regarding changes in your intra-cranial pressure (such as, recent or acute stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, aneurysm, skull fracture, epidural leaks, Arnold Chiari Malformation etc.), please contact us and ask for a therapist to discuss your condition with you before scheduling any CST sessions or an intensive program. We may need to contact your physician to obtain medical clearance prior to initiating treatment.

Is This Therapy Safe For People With Shunts?
We have worked with many people with shunts. CST and Integrative therapies can be very effective in helping improve the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. Shunts are used to normalize intracranial pressure when someone has increased pressure that cannot be controlled otherwise. There are no contraindications for CST in this situation because the shunt alleviates any concerns regarding changes in intracranial pressure. We have had no difficulties with CST disrupting the operation of the shunt or flow of CSF – we work so gently and work with the system that it has not been an issue. However, it is important that you inform us if you have a shunt, and we may need to obtain permission from your doctor.

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Is This Safe During Pregnancy?
CranioSacral Therapy is very safe, and desirable throughout pregnancy. It is a wonderful way to enhance many of the normal physiological processes that our bodies go through regularly. Pregnancy is certainly a time when we want everything to be working in the most efficient , balanced, and optimal state possible.

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Can CranioSacral Therapy Induce Labor?
CranioSacral Therapy is meant to facilitate the body’s normal physiological function, and should never go against what the body’s natural process is. Therefore, according to Dr. Upledger. “it should never induce premature labor unless there is something wrong with the pregnancy, and your body naturally wants to abort..” If labor is stalled, it can help to assist making the birth process easier.

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How Can This Help During Pregnancy?
During (and after )pregnancy, we can help to support the family as a whole in preparing for the changes in the family. We can specifically assist mother and baby in reducing physical or emotional strains of pregnancy and the birth process and prepare for labor and delivery

Our gentle approaches help to support a woman’s physical changes,and to diminish physical and hormonal conditions common to pregnancy, labor and delivery , including:

• pain and discomfort

• postural imbalance

• swelling

• ligamentous laxity

• lactation concerns

• incontinence

• pelvic organ prolapse

• sciatica or other nerve radiculopathy

• sacroiliac (SI) joint instability

• dyspareunia (painful intercourse)

• diminished immune system

• transient osteoporosis

• hormonal and emotional fluctuations

• general fears and concerns regarding body

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CranioSacral Therapy and Children:
Is CST Different for Children?

The foundational principles in working with children are similar, but require additional expertise and modifications in techniques to be appropriate for their age and level of development. Children offer a unique and different set of challenges for the therapist using CST. Your therapist should be highly experienced with both adults and children , (which we are). It demands greater skill and clarity on the part of the therapist to recognize and work with the cues and signs needed to engage therapeutic healing, as these are more delicate and subtle in children. This work is an important part of preventative medicine, often minimizing any common or potential problems.

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Must My Child Lay on A Table or Remain Still During Treatment?
NO!
Working with moving targets is a different experience than working with adults. Again, your therapist should be experienced in working with children, and should be able to ‘ meet them where they are at’. Play is a natural and important part of development, and often therapeutic. We do not expect the child to lay still , We respect and honor each child as the individual that they are. Encouraging development of the child’s capabilities, nurturing creative and therapeutic play, and ensuring your child’s comfort during treatment is important. Most of the time , a skilled therapist is able to work in whatever position is most appropriate for the child, often utilizing toys , books, and parent interaction to help keep the child regulated. Parents are certainly welcome to bring comforting items for the child into the session , and we also have toys and materials to utilize.At times, it may be necessary to eliminate distractions or maintain a position for a period of time in order to accomplish certain components of treatment. Your therapist may request your assistance at these times.

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Why Is My Child Crying- Is This Hurting Them?
During sessions with babies and children, their emotions can range from cooing to crying, and from agitation to deep sleep, many times all within the same session. Babies often cry because they are sensitive and ‘tuned in’ to the changes taking place inside of them. The process of being born can be quite intense, and perceived as traumatic physiologically. Therefore, releasing the stress of the birthing process may elicit a crying response. CST is designed to allow the body to recreate positions of injury, strain, or trauma, and release any physical or emotional aspects needed for healing . This is often undetectable to the naked eye or conventional medicine. As therapists, we must hold these positions to provide therapeutic release . We utilize the CranioSacral Rhythm to determine when crying is a therapeutic release relevant to the issue at hand, vs. a cry of distress. We are working to allow them to feel safe to express anything that they need to in order to release ‘trauma’, and are very mindful of not creating any additional strain for your child.

Also, keep in mind that although we often associate crying with pain or suffering, it has very therapeutic benefits as well. Most of us have experienced a good’ cleansing’ cry, and notice how much better you feel afterwards. Crying can be a powerful means of transitioning our nervous systems from a state of stress to that of relaxation and healing .

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How Does This Assist Newborns and Infants?
Birth is an intense transition, whether through natural delivery or cesarean section. Forces of over 50 to 60 lbs may be placed upon the baby as they are delivered from the birth canal. Sudden changes in pressure can occur during a c-section similar to a scuba diver rising to the surface too quickly may occur. Gestational factors, emergency situations or the use of interventions such as forceps , vacuum or medications can cause further stressors.

CranioSacral Therapy is beneficial in helping the child adapt and potentially overcome these challenges, including:

Feeding Challenges

Sucking Issues

Failure to Thrive

Colic

Periods of Inconsolability

Digestive Challenges

– Reflux

– Vomiting

– Excessive Gas

– Constipation

Torticollis

Plagiocephaly

Scoliosis

Sinus Infections

Breathing Difficulties

– Shallow Breathing

– Congestion

– Asthma

Chronic Ear Infections

Speech Delays

Hyperactivity

Auditory Processing Problems

Equilibrium / Balance Issues

Tongue Control

Crossed / Wandering Eye

Diminished Immunity

Poor Self Awareness

Cardiovascular Concerns

Dental Occlusion

Facial Asymmetry

Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Developmental Delays

Learning Disabilities

How Young Can a Child Be to Receive Treatment?
This depends more on the skill of the therapist, not on the age of the child. A first treatment can be done within a few minutes of being born. The craniosacral rhythm is very subtle at the time of delivery, and a therapist must have highly developed skills in order to perceive it. We have treated many newborns within the first hours or days of their lives.

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How Many Treatments Will My Child Need?
Treatment will be determined as necessary. Initial evaluation and treatment will be 1 hour. Most follow up visits for infants are 30 minutes , however may vary depending on initial findings. We recommend a minimum of 3 visits within the first 10-14 days for maximum benefit, and to achieve specific goals.

For well-baby or preventation, approximately 4-6 total treatments of 30-45 minutes are recommended. For Infants and toddlers with specific concerns, goals and a treatment plan will be established together.

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Is it Distracting if I Talk To You or Touch My Child?
In some sessions you can carry on conversations with the parents during the session without losing any quality of the work, while other sessions demand the full attention of the therapist and any discussion outside of the work is a distraction. We encourage parents to remain connected with their child, and want you to feel included in the process. We may ask you to place your hands in specific areas at times for therapeutic reasons, but usually any loving touch is ok. Occasionally we may ask you to refrain for a moment or to until your child completes a specific release.

Why do I find it hard to be present in the sessions when the baby is upset? Parents are “hard wired” to be reactive to what their children are feeling. This helps us to comfort and nurture them. As our children are experiencing changes, the family unit will be also, and you may be acutely aware of what they are feeling physically and emotionally. Therefore, it is also recommended that parents receive CST to support themselves and the child.

As therapists must remain ‘neutral “ , rather than sympathetic in order to effectively maintain a therapeutic relationship with your child. Even advanced trained therapists seek outside assistance for their own child’s needs because it is so difficult to maintain clear and therapeutically effective boundaries with you own family.

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Why Do I Find it Hard To Be Present When My Child is Upset?
Parents are “hard wired” to be reactive to what their children are feeling. This helps us to comfort and nurture them. As our children are experiencing changes, the family unit will be also, and you may be acutely aware of what they are feeling physically and emotionally. Therefore, it is also recommended that parents receive CST to support themselves and the child.

As therapists must remain ‘neutral “ , rather than sympathetic in order to effectively maintain a therapeutic relationship with your child. Even advanced trained therapists seek outside assistance for their own child’s needs because it is so difficult to maintain clear and therapeutically effective boundaries with you own family.

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Why Does My Child Push Your Hands Away?
We are all very protective of areas that are injured. Trust and a feeling of safety is vital in allowing someone to help us. Changes can be perceived as unfamiliar, and sensations may need getting accustomed to. If they push our hands away, we explain that our hands need to be there to help them and gently replace them – sometimes many times before the child will finally let them stay. Sometimes they are just testing our commitment, working towards feeling safe enough to entrust us with these delicate physical and emotional areas. We continue to keep our intention in blending with the tissues , and honoring our therapeutic intent. Once the child has experienced some releases and gets an internal sense of how they feel better with treatment, they begin to be more “compliant” and sometimes even fall asleep or place our hands where they want them. We aim to always be respectful and gentle , but consistent and persistent to deliver what they need.

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How Do I Know if the Therapist Is Experienced in Pediatrics?
It is important to have an idea of how long the therapist has been doing CST, and what level of coursework they have completed. As previously mentioned, it requires additional expertise and modifications in techniques to be appropriate for children,( which we have!). It demands greater skill and clarity on the part of the therapist to recognize and work with the cues and signs needed to engage therapeutic healing, as these are more delicate and subtle in children. Your therapist should be comfortable treating children, be able to share with you details regarding their training and expertise, and be able to confidently answer questions you have regarding your child’s care.

Initial Visit -Evaluation and Treatment
Generally, initial evaluations range from 55- 90 minutes, depending on the concerns you are seeking treatment for.

During your initial appointment, a thorough discussion and history will be taken. An evaluation of your CranioSacral system will be done, as well as a more traditional evaluation if necessary.

**Please complete all of your paperwork prior to arriving for your initial appointment, so that it does not encroach upon your treatment time. Otherwise, treatment will be delayed. Please take your time filling it out. The more complete you are, the more we may be able to help you. Also, some conditions have contra-indications that we need to assess in order to develop the best program for you. **

Follow-up treatment
Follow up treatments typically last 55 minutes.

Options for longer treatments are also available, but must be scheduled in advance.

Infant and Toddler follow ups ( age 0-3) are usually 30 minutes.

Multiple therapist (“Multi-hands”)
You may choose to schedule with 2 or more therapists to amplify your results. If you are already working with another therapist who is interested in CranioSacral Therapy, you may schedule a time to bring them with you to participate in your treatment.

Get started now. Call 407-774-7744 today for your complimentary 15 minute consultation, or schedule now.
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