What in the world is a CranioSacral Therapy and can it help me?

There are many who have benefited from this fascinating healing modality. Here are two success stories.

Mary had beensuffering from migraines for months with no relief. Life was filled withstressors including long days on the job without breaks and often times without even time for lunch. The demands of home and work were overwhelming and medicine was no longer providing relief. Now what? She heard about CranioSacral bodywork and thought she’d give it a try. What could she lose?  After four one-hour very gentle yet precise sessions, the migraines were gone.

Susan woke up one daywith ringing in her ears, commonly known as tinnitus. She had heard about this condition from others and recalled that they had little relief from traditional treatments. She considered her options and decided to try CranioSacral bodywork.

The session was totally different than anything else she had experienced. Her session began with the practitioner placing her hands lightly on Susan’s head to feel into her body’s tissues and determine where the greatest blockages might be. This was followed by an hour of gentle palpations and manipulations designed to facilitate the opening of tissues that were stuck in Susan’s body restoring her body’s natural ability to move.  At the end of the session as Susan spoke with the practitioner, tears began to flow, which is common as emotions are released. Susan left the session feeling relaxed with a much clearer head and the tinnitus was weakened a bit and lowered in pitch.  Susan continued for three more session. By the fourth session the tinnitus was nearly gone. She plans to continue with the CranioSacral treatment for general overall health. She feels the sessions not only impacted the tinnitus, but her wellness, on many levels.

Life’s experiences…physical injuries, emotional and psychological stress, and even birth trauma leave an impression in our cells and tissues creating blockages that may hinder our ability to achieve optimal health and wellness. CranioSacral bodywork is an effective treatment option for a range of illnesses that integrate the body, mind, and spirit to promote health, healing and overall well-being.

Diane Griffin, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Licensed Massage Therapist

Do You Know Why a Lymphatic Massage…

is beneficial for your health? The lymph is like its red brother, blood. It filters foreign matter and removes excess fluid, protein, and waste products from the tissues and transports them to the blood to be circulated and eliminated.

If the lymph didn’t do its job, you would die from protein poisoning within
twenty-four hours.

Unlike the blood, lymph does not have a heart to pump it through the body. It moves along slowly with the help of the contractions of voluntary muscles (a reason exercise is beneficial), squeezes of intestinal muscles, and pulsations of nearby arteries. The negative pressure in the chest cavity provides suction.

External hands-on stimulation helps increase the passage of lymph, especially when it gets backed up.

Lymph collects at nearly eight hundred nodes throughout the body, with two hundred in the neck alone. When nodes become swollen in the neck, armpit, or groin, the areas feel tender.  And, when the ankles, feet, legs, arms, and hands become thick with accumulated fluid, you have edema. Lymphedema also may occur following the removal of lymph nodes due to cancer.

Therapist and doctors report good results for:

  • sprains and bruises
  • puffiness in the face following cosmetic or dental surgery
  • muscular spasms from overuse or chronic tension
  • also figures in the treatment of:  sinusitis, burns, acne, scars, arthritis, emphysema, migraines, tinnitus, trigeminal neuralgia, spinal injuries, and some cerebral disorders

For patients who have undergone such operations as hysterectomy, prostectomy, and mastectomy, clinical evidence indicates that Massage Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) moves fluid when an area can no longer perform this function. If begun before the 5th month of pregnancy, it can serve as a preventive for swelling and stretch marks.

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center has 4 Lymphatic Massage Therapists.  If you would like to make an appointment, please call 610.395.3355.

“I was introduced to the Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The massages continue to be very helpful in my recovery and well being.” Mary 

Research by European scientists confirms the effects of MLD. From the book, “Discovering the Body’s Wisdom,” by Mirka Knaster