Craniosacral therapy

We are so excited to offer two different services that can benefit the whole family. Julie, our Co-Owner, has been a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner since 2008 specializing in Craniosacral Therapy. She is also a Master Clinical Aromatherapist and currently working on her Master Herbalist Licensing (you can book an Aromatherapy Session HERE)

 
 
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what is craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) as a system of techniques and diagnostic tools that focus on the soft tissue structures that surround the brain and the spinal cord, as well as the nerves.  This light-touch massage, using pressure up to the weight of a nickel, can relax the brain and the body immensely. This soft pressure works well in infants, as their connective tissue is so soft and malleable.

Most sessions include an evaluation of the baby (head to toe) and soft-tissue manipulation in the baby’s mouth (if necessary) and on the head, spine, and pelvis.  There is very little movement during the manipulations, so it may look like the therapist is not actually doing much of anything.  This is because the therapist doesn’t have to use a lot of force to manipulate and relax the soft tissue. 

In a typical pediatric CST session, infants are generally placed on massage table, in the therapist’s lap, or in the parent’s lap. The goal is to first ensure that baby is as comfortable as possible. Afterward, the treatment portion of the session typically consists of hands-on, rhythmic massages across the baby’s skull, jaw, mouth area, and temples.

The massaging tends to be light; it will generally never cause any pain to the infant as no harsh manipulation is ever used. Typical sessions last anywhere from a half-hour to an hour, depending upon the therapist and the issues the baby is having.

 

What Happens After a CST Session?

Many infants will sleep for quite a while after a session, which is normal. Sometimes, infants may smile more often, and in turn, may also cry more often after a session, which is also considered normal. This usually subsides within a few days.

 

 

 
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what can craniosacral therapy help with?

Beyond the deep level of relaxation that CST can provide, moms bring their infants and babies to Craniosacral Therapists for many reasons, including:

  • Birth trauma, such as issues from a vacuum or forceps extraction or an emergency C-section

  • Trouble with breastfeeding

  • Constipation

  • Gastrointestinal pain and acid reflux

  • Colic

  • Not sleeping well, including early days when day and night seem to be reversed for the infant

  • Teething pain

  • Head-shape issues

  • Problems stemming from the birthing process

  • Earaches

  • Blocked Tear Ducts

  • Developmental delays

 
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why book a craniosacral therapy session with us?

Julie has been practicing CST for 10 years, with her specialty being Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy. She learned her technique from The Upledger Institute and is currently furthering her education in CST with The Upledger Institute for CS2 and Somatic Release.

Craniosacral Therapy Cost: $75 for 30 minutes // $140 for 60 minutes. CST sessions take place at our Puyallup Studio

Simply book your session below with our scheduling system, choose your payment method and Julie will be in contact with you! If you have questions before booking, please fill out our contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly.