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CranioSacral Therapy

If you're feeling stressed and disconnected with yourself, CRANIO is just what your body needs.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body through the nervous system. It effectivly rebalances the body by unwinding and releasing tension which relieves pain and dysfunction improving whole-body health and performance.

At the heart of Cranial Sacral Therapy, is the promotion of wellness. Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), also known as Craniosacral Therapy, is a non-invasive approach of light manual touch, or palpitation of the skull, spine, and membranes to effect changes in cerebral spinal fluid.

Imbalances or disruptions in healthy cerebral spinal function can occur as a result of various forms of illnesses and physical or emotional trauma. The central nervous system is vital to the functioning of all of the bodies processes.

The Cranial Sacral Therapist feels and observes the cranial rhythm and pulse of cerebral spinal fluid, just as other practitioners listen to the bodies pulse, heartbeat or respiratory system. Through a highly relaxing, gentle touch approach, the Cranial Sacral Therapist effects changes in the cerebral spinal flow, relieving tension, blockages, and disruption in the nervous system.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is performed fully clothed on a massage table in a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The Therapist works with the person being treated for usually an hour.

The touch by a craniosacral therapist is so gentle that you do not even sense much pressure

At the end of the hour most patients will note a feeling of deep relaxation, often a feeling of well-being, at times more mental clarity in addition to reduction of targeted symptoms.
Overall, Cranio Sacral Therapy continues to improve whole body health and performance days-weeks after the session is over.

Change happens when the pain of holding on to tension becomes greater than the fear of letting go.

What conditions can craniosacral therapy treat?

What does craniosacral therapy feel like

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that does not hurt. Like with a massage, you will lie down on a comfortable massage table and will relax. The practitioner will place hands on you and determine where your body needs additional support. Next, the practitioner may focus on one body region. Additionally, they may work on several body regions in one visit. They will gently touch areas that need support. Often, the touch by a craniosacral therapist is so gentle that you do not even sense much pressure. Your job is to relax and focus on peaceful breathing while the practitioner restores movement to your body. In this way, movement is restored to the affected region or body part, which allows for your body to self-heal in an easier way.

  • Lengthening of the spine
  • More space in your head
  • Sense of peace
  • Deep relaxation
  • Expansion in body
  • Sleepiness or a sleep-like state
  • Pain dissipating or melting
  • Grounding or sinking into earth
  • Involuntary twitches
  • Relief from pain
  • Altered state of being
  • Decrease in tension
  • Brief intake and face-to-face conversation about your health and reason for making the appointment.
  • A full assessment of the body through a series of gentle manual craniosacral massage techniques mostly performed on the head, pelvis, and chest.
  • Lying on a massage table fully clothed or lightly clothed under a blanket and sheet for 50-60 minutes while the manual craniosacral techniques are performed.
  • A brief post-treatment conversation and recommendation for follow-up appointments, often 2-4 to begin.

For your first appointment, arrive comfortably dressed. It is good to be hydrated and fed prior to the appointment. However, avoid large amounts of food or fluid 1-2 hours prior. Additionally, avoid large amounts of caffeine prior to the appointment. Afterwards, it is important to drink lots of fluids and be mindful of any needs or changes in your body.

There are very few situations in which CST is not recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes. If you have had a recent severe concussion or brain injury, a doctor’s note may be required.

Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. I typically recommend a 2-3 sessions within a one month period to see what it may do for you. Much like massage, I recommend monthly sessions as basic maintenance/wellness care. And much like exercise, being hydrated, and eating well, you will see more substantial changes with more frequent bodywork sessions.

After a shiatsu treatment the recipient may feel lighter, more balanced, and enjoy a sense of calmness. The body functions more smoothly and the person feels revitalized.

Your experience during the session may include:

At the end of the session, you may:

You’ll have some time to lay on the table, once the therapy is finished, to continue processing the changes before you get up and move into the rest of your day

This is a good time to reflect on the session experience and assess how you feel.


Sessions are 50 minutes to one hour. First appointments are 1 and 1/2 hour sessions, in order to fill out the initial history forms and for Rita to become familiar with you, understand your health matters and unique concerns. There is no additional charge for the longer first appointment.

We do not accept insurance.

Checks or cash. Payment is to occur at the time of appointment. This is necessary to reduce costs for billing and thereby maintain affordable services.

If you do not arrive for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 48 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session, as the appointment time is reserved for you. It is important to provide at least a 48 hour notice (2 business days), so that someone else in need can use the appointment.

Request a therapy appointment online here.