Craniosacral work is a holistic healing practice which uses extremely light finger pressure to optimize a movement pattern within the body which is known as the “cranial wave.” Craniosacral work differs from most other modalities by its’ lightness of touch, and the long, attentive duration of each contact. It believes that focus and gentleness are the foundations of healing.
The craniosacral rhythm is the cyclical “wave” of the cerebrospinal fluid which ebbs and flows within the membrane around the brain and spinal cord. The cranial wave is so subtle that it takes trained hands to feel it, and we usually cannot feel our own wave at all. The normal frequency of the cranial wave cycle is from 8 to 14 per minute. The quality and frequency of the wave as it passes through (or is unable to pass through) different bones and tissues in the body is assessed by the craniosacral practitioner, who “listens” to it in order to gauge the need for treatment. (Practitioners also listen to it to sense the effectiveness of their work.) Craniosacral therapy is an advanced skill with multiple levels of training requiring many hours of education and practice. More information can be obtained from the Milne Institute Inc. in California or the Upledger Institute in Florida. Many of the osteopathic medical schools also teach it.
Craniosacral work is being used by osteopaths, massage therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, physiotherapists, dentists and physicians. It can help alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including but not limited to:
- Migraine Headaches
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Head or Neck Injuries from car, sports, work accidents or falls
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems (insomnia, fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, anxiety, TMJ)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Fees for Craniosacral Therapy with Tina Newman:
30 mins. $55 incl. HST
45 mins. $75 incl. HST
60 mins. $90 incl. HST