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CranioSacral Therapy (CST) at Chrysalis Cove

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a therapeutic gentle touch massage that works subtly but can deliver dramatic results.

Cranio + Sacral
Cranium: The head as it sits atop the spine Sacrum: A triangle shaped bone at the base of the spine

Your spine is an incredible work of art and engineering – the spinal cord attaches to your head with a series of membranes, muscles and connective tissue. Cerebrospinal fluid flows throughout your spine, creating its own pulse much like your heartbeat. When blockages occur, stiffness and soreness can result; these blockages could be the result of many causes including physical injury, surgery, physical stress, repetitive stress injury, psychological stress, or retained emotional trauma.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) utilizes gentle touch to coax the muscles back into alignment and open up surrounding tissues to allow a better flow of healing energy; this stimulates the body’s natural ability to self heal. CST bodywork uses subtle bone movement to identify and release restrictions in body tissues. During your session, your massage therapist will track how your bones and tissues are moving in response to the cranial rhythm and gently treat any restrictions with light pressure. Your responses, spoken and unspoken, voluntary and involuntary movement, will help your therapist guide and modify your treatment as you go.

Sessions typically last 60 minutes. Some clients only need individual sessions; others schedule them weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Call today to discuss their names or to schedule your first session.

CST Example
What I offer… What I don’t…

Self Guided Massage – with quiet observation, gentle touch, and purposeful exploration, Julene can discover areas where muscles, fascia, cartilage, and other tissues related to the central nervous system might be tense, sore or misaligned – or if cerebrospinal fluid isn’t flowing fully to all proper points within the spine

Patients remain Fully Clothed – most treatment is centered around the head, jaw, sacrum, spine, and limbs

Gentle Touch – less than 5g of pressure (the weight of a nickel) -- minor adjustments, pressures and light massages can help bring the body back into balance

Serene, Peaceful Environment

Treatment can be relaxing

Treatment can be done alone or in coordination with chiropractic care, physical therapy, or on a doctor or psychologist’s referral

Cupping, Moxa, Acupuncture, or other holistic treatments that might leave marks

Medical treatment that includes shots, pills, EKGs, X Rays, or other procedures

Deep Tissue Massage

A glamorous day spa with all the fancy bells, whistles, facials, muds, robes, oils and frills

(Not that there’s anything wrong with any of these…)

Technique Explanations

Intra-Oral Massage: Intraoral massage works the muscles inside the jaw and mouth and is known to address issues such as but not limited to TMD, headaches, chronic neck and shoulder tension, tinnitus, and bell’s palsy.

Pregnancy Massage: An expecting Mother’s body goes through tremendous change while growing a baby. Massage is done with either a pregnancy table which allows mom to lay face down or side lying allowing access to the back a hips. Focus is generally around the shoulders, back, hips, and legs. Towards the end of pregnancy if the expectant mother is having a difficult time starting the labor process reflex points are stimulated to help encourage the body’s natural ability. Massage can also aid in reducing the swelling of legs and feet.