CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST)
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on, minimally invasive approach to releasing or unwinding trauma in the body. It thereby supports the body’s individual healing process, by not exacerbating or exaggerating any of the previous traumas in the nervous system or creating additional stress. CST is a positive intervention when there is an imbalance of dopamine and serotonin levels. Decreased serotonin is a result of compounded trauma histories and stress. It makes the person more hyper-vigilant and prone to see every day experiences as a reenactment of the trauma. Dopamine is also involved in what is called the Kindling effect- creating new neural networks that keep the nervous system in a highly activated state of arousal, more in a fight-or-flight state versus a relaxed resilient state. CST can be effective for individuals with a wide range of medical or emotional challenges, including: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Migraines, Nervous System disorders, Depression, TMJ Syndrome, and Chronic Pain or Fatigue Syndromes.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A typical session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour and takes place in a quiet, private setting. Client remains fully clothed and reclines on a massage or treatment table. The practitioner stands or sits positioned at various points of the client’s head, torso or feet.
Using about 5 grams of pressure – roughly the weight of a nickel – the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the CranioSacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebral-spinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the CranioSacral system.
WHAT IS TRAUMA TOUCH THERAPY (TTT)?
Trauma Touch Therapy is a bodywork modality designed to meet the needs of clients with trauma and abuse histories. This innovative work enables the client to discover the gift within the wound. The intent of TTT is to create a safe and nurturing environment for the client to slowly explore healthy touch and to investigate sensation and feeling in the body, while staying present with the experience. Client traumas include physical abuse, mental/emotional abuse, sexual abuse, post-war traumas, environmental traumas, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, witnessing or being the victim of a violent crime and childhood traumas.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The goal of Trauma Touch Therapy is to invite the client to explore and have awareness of their body as a part of themselves, rather than a fragmented, terrifying enemy of the self. The work is done on a very individual basis and almost always interfaces with the psycho-therapeutic process. The Therapy itself can take the form of holding the client’s arm, hand, head, etc. or can be movement therapy (jumping rope, walking). It takes the form of however the client needs to work the trauma out of the body once identified and brought to awareness.
The therapist helps the client to stay in his/her body and not disassociate (“numb out”). It is important to note that the client’s “story”
(their history of abuse, etc.) never has to come up and is NOT the focus. When the client starts telling their story or the details of their story, it puts them into their heads and out of their bodies. The focus is to stay with the sensations in the body. Typically, a client
is seen for 10 sessions, with each session lasting approx. 1 hour.
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