Craniosacral Fascial Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy? Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a manual technique developed by osteopaths. It is based on the knowledge of anatomy, observation and palpatory skills to assess the gentle rhythmic dynamics of the cerebrospinal fluid as it reflects through the central nervous system, as well as the fascia, muscles and nerves of the body. Subtle manual techniques are used to influence the cranial bones, sacrum and fascial networks of the body. This type of therapy uses gentle intentional touch to encourage the body to self-regulate and heal. How does Craniosacral Therapy work and how is it beneficial? A licensed healthcare practitioner trained in Craniosacral Therapy uses his knowledge of anatomy and therapeutic touch and to listen to the subtle rhythms of the client’s cerebrospinal fluid in order to make assessment and to identify areas of restriction or dysfunction. With the use of gentle techniques the therapist encourages changes in the cranial bone sutures, membranes and the sacrum to redirect cerebrospinal fluid to optimize craniosacral performance and promote health-enhancing changes. What is the craniosacral system? The craniosacral system is composed of the bones of the cranium, sacrum and the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, and the network of cavities inside the brain called ventricles. These ventricles contain specialized cells called choroid plexuses. Cerebrospinal fluid is circulated around the brain and up and down the membranes inside the vertebra canal. As the spinal fluid moves within this structure nourishment is provided to the central nervous system as well as the removal of waste from the central nervous system. Craniosacral fluid is continuously filling and draining within this system creating a rhythmic echo which is reflected throughout the entire body. What are some conditions that may benefit from Craniosacral Therapy? Headaches and migraines Neck and back pain Post-concussion syndrome Whiplash injuries Emotional and physical trauma Post-traumatic stress disorder Scoliosis Neurological development delay Stress Musculoskeletal structural issues TMJ dysfunction Sequelae from medical and dental procedures Here is what some people have to say about craniosacral fascial work they received from Darcy: I came to Darcy because I know the benefits of anxiety and stress relief with craniosacral work from the help from son received in the past. However, I didn’t know how much it could help with the physical pain I was dealing with. I couldn’t lay on the left side of my body because of the intense pain in my knee. After one session, my knee pain was gone and I slept on the left side of my body for the first time in a month without pain. – Chris I had heard for some time craniosacral therapy was so beneficial for the nervous system. I have experienced sleep issues for years and wanted to see if it would help this so I scheduled an appointment with Darcy. After my first appointment I slept great for three weeks and felt so relaxed. I have had two other appointments since and my sleep has continued to improve. Thanks, Darcy. – Donna After having craniolsacral I feel great! I have had chronic low back issues for most of my life, including a fusion in my low back and arthritis. The doctors said I would not be able to have anymore surgeries and I was worried about how I would deal with the ongoing pain. I have found craniosacral therapy to be so helpful. My back pain is reduced by 90-100% from the craniosacral therapy and I can go about my daily life without the pain limiting my ability to get things done. – Mary Lou

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Many of us never learned what it means to take care of ourselves. It seems to me that, in our western culture, many of us were raised with a belief system that this was to be delegated to some type of professional. I believe herbal medicine empowers us to take an active part in caring for our own health.‍ Herbal medicine has been valued in all cultures in the past and still today in many parts of the world because of its efficacy and its availability (many medicinal herbs are as close as your kitchen cupboard). For this reason, it has been called “the people’s medicine”.‍ In the 1930’s antibiotics became an amazing medicine that saved thousands of lives that might have been lost to bacterial infections. People were grateful, as they rightfully should be, for the lives saved. As time passed and more pharmaceutical medicines were introduced, people relied more heavily on these forms of treatment, while herbal medicine’s value seemed to decline in the minds of people in the western world.‍ However, in recent decades herbalism is making a comeback. Western herbal medicine is a long-established systematic healing approach that focuses on strengthening the body’s natural functions and bringing balance to the body. As herbalists, we understand that plants really are medicine. They contain chemicals, energetics and nutrition that are powerful healers. As a clinical herbalist, I think of myself as a consultant and a teacher. I believe each of us has the power to improve our health if we are taught how to do so. I compassionately listen to your story.‍ What are your health issues and symptoms? When did your health begin to decline and what were factors in your health declining? What things have you tried in order to feel better? I believe that your body gives you symptoms for a reason and we need to listen to what they are trying to tell us. Beneath each symptom exists a cause. When we address the root causes, symptoms subside and we begin to feel better. By using an energetic system that assesses different tissues states in your body, we can determine which herbs are best for you as an individual. A body that is balanced is one that can heal.‍ As a simple example: Let’s say we determine you have a “hot” tissue state in your stomach. This hot state might include ulcers or heartburn or damaged tissue in this area. How might we balance this “hot” state? By utilizing cooling herbs. Perhaps the inside gel of the aloe vera plant would be appropriate. It is cooling and has the ability to help regenerate the cells of the delicate tissue lining the stomach. Now imagine that because of the hot state of the stomach, you have been unable to break down nutrients properly. We might include an herbal tea which is high in minerals to balance this deficit. Here again we bring balance and homeostasis.‍ There are many forms of herbal medicine to utilize – a tincture, a decoction, a salve or a poultice, or a flower essence to name a few. We may also choose to put herbs into a healing soup or smoothie. I also help you to understand how to determine which foods are best for you. Sometimes I might refer you to your doctor or suggest lifestyle changes such as relaxation techniques and exercise. I may need to help you understand why you might need to use less chemicals in your daily life and teach you how to go about doing so. You are a unique individual and I look at your individual needs not just your disease.‍ So, if you would like to embark on a journey to better health, I would love to help you. Do you have questions or feel a little afraid? It’s okay, I was afraid and I had lots of questions when I began using herbal medicine. Remember, it’s important to start somewhere and there is no better way to begin than by taking that first step.‍ Give me a call or e-mail me to set up an appointment and we can begin this journey together.‍ Best of Health, Darcy Nick Certified Herbalist

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