Craniosacral Therapy and SER

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CST is a gentle technique that compliments the body’s intuitive healing processes via the craniosacral system (comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord). Using a soft touch, often about the weight of a nickel, practitioners aim to release restrictions and create balance to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. CST is derived from osteopathic medical tradition and is increasingly used as a form of preventive healthcare, as well as a treatment for a wide range of health concerns, including headaches and migraines, chronic neck pain, central nervous system disorders, concussions, chronic fatigue, emotional imbalances, TMJ disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD and more.

SomatoEmotional Release (SER)
SER is an advanced technique of CST which aims to release tension in the body while providing a greater sense of balance of mind, body and spirit. Treatments help to make connections to physical and emotional traumas that may be lodged in our tissue. Using verbal cues and dialogue in combination with gentle touch to monitor for changes to the craniosacral system, the practitioner provides support for the client so that they can recall experiences and allow them to process them out of the body.  SER does not require a re-experiencing of a painful incident, but rather offers a way to allow our nervous system and myofascial system to fully process things that verbal or physical therapies alone may not be able to reach. A “release” may or may not occur depending on what each person and their system are ready for, but these occurrences may include spontaneous movement, tears, laughter, tingling, warmth, lightness, visualizations or other sensations.

If you’d like to learn more about the history and science of craniosacral therapy and somato-emotional release, we encourage checking out research articles from the Upledger Institute.

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