Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that works closely with the central nervous system using light-touch and gentle traction. It helps release the bone and tissue restrictions in the body that are causing pain and dysfunction.
The brain and spinal cord heavily influence the body’s ability to function properly. They make up the Central Nervous System, which is influenced by the craniosacral system - the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
The body must work to compensate for the stresses and stains it endures each day. These changes unfortunately cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. Restrictions are a result from these distortions that cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord. This can create a blockage for a healthy central nervous system.
Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy:
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, Craniosacral Therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to increase resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
· Migraine Headaches
· Chronic Neck and Back Pain
· Central Nervous System Disorders
· Orthopedic Problems
· Learning Disabilities
· Chronic Fatigue
· Emotional Difficulties
· Stress and Tension-Related Problems
· Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
· Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
· Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
· Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
· Post-Surgical Dysfunction
· Postpartum healing
Infant Craniosacral Therapy
Infant Craniosacral Therapy is gentle and supportive. Strain from fetal positioning in utero or complications, injuries, and interventions used during birth can cause nerve compression. This compression can show up in many ways such as feeding issues, digestive discomfort, and increased fussiness. Craniosacral therapy is an excellent, light touch therapy for babies who are experiencing those symptoms, or as regular health care for your newborn.
Austin Rees is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with extensive continuing education in lactation, tongue tie, and craniosacral therapy in Baltimore. She specializes in Craniosacral therapy bodywork for infants pre- and post-frenotomy (tongue tie release), restrictions due to birth interventions, and sleep using an individualized approach for each client and family.
Austin also teaches TummyTime Method classes in conjunction with the Infant Massage Class at our Baltimore location.
Common medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction improved by CST include:
· Tongue and Lip Ties
· Torticollis (Neck Tightness)
· Difficulty in Latching
· Failure to Thrive
· Chronic Ear Infections
· Reflux/Digestive Disorders
· Upset in the Car Seat
· Difficulty in Tummy Time
· Plagiocephaly (Head Flattening)
· Favor Turning Their Head to One Side
· Favor Nursing on One Side or Feed in One Position