Craniosacral Massage Therapy

If you are someone who uses massage therapy as a means of healing then Craniosacral massage may be a therapy that could interest you. Craniosacral massage is a very gentle form of massage therapy that works by aiding the body in its ability to heal itself. It works on the simple theory that removing stress will allow the body the strength it needs to heal itself.

Our body contains many systems which when working properly insure our continued good health. Our cardiovascular system, respiratory system and nervous system are just a few of these various silent workings within our bodies. Craniosacral massage uses the theory that if harmful effects of stress are removed from our central nervous system through the stimulation of our cranio-sacral system then the body itself can relax and be therefore more able to heal itself of whatever it is that ails it.

The craniosacral system includes the bones of our skull and spine down to the base of the tailbone also including the membranes, muscle tissues, and fluids that surround and protect these vital areas.
A light massage is applied to the bones and muscle tissue surrounding the cranium or skull insuring to include the bones of the face and mouth. It is applied down the entire spinal column to the base of the tailbone or sacrum. Hence the term meaning from cranium to sacral.

Craniosacral massage focuses on the gentle manipulation of all the components within this system including the bone, muscle, and fluids that surround and protect the all vital areas of our brain and spinal cord. Using gentle massage the practitioner relieves any restrictions, obstructions or stresses within the cranio-sacral system which in turns relaxes and improves the overall health of the body's central nervous system.

Individuals who suffer from headaches or migraines, chronic back or neck pain, colic, autism, orthopedic issues, chronic fatigue, nervous disorders, fibromyalgia, connective tissue disorders, certain immune disorders, stress related disorders or brain or spinal cord injuries have shown improvement in their conditions when participating in cranio-sacral massage therapy.

A person's sensory, motor and neurological functioning can improve when the correct amount of stimulation or massage to these areas of their body creating thus providing overall improvement in the well being of the recipient.

The vital key to the correct application of this type of massage lies in its "lightness of touch" or very gentle stimulation of stressed areas. When it is applied to areas of compression or stress in the craniosacral regions it very gently relieves any build up of pressure from the infected areas leaving the recipient feeling not only emotionally de-stressed and relaxed but also less physically tense. This elimination of tension gives the body a much needed break so it is then able to more capably work at healing itself from within or so this is how the theory goes.

This form of massage when applied correctly is so gentle that even very young babies benefit from its application. However as in all treatments it is advisable to consult with your local physician before beginning any alternative form of therapy.

Individuals who may be in danger of aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or who have other blood clotting disorders that could be affected by cranium or spinal pressure changes should not participate in this form of therapy. Always consult with your medical practitioner before beginning any new form of treatment for your current health conditions.

About Me: When I was 26 years old I found myself disabled by a rare chronic illness now known as Antisynthetase Syndrome. It falls under the classification of rare diseases and even 30 years later many doctors and specialists are still unsure as to how the illness evolves or to the best treatments for it. Many of my articles deal with my illness and the research I have discovered. I have spent numerous hours researching and using alternative therapies and you will find that many of my articles focus on what I have learned along the way. I hope you find my articles helpful.

Don't forget to take time to play. It is a vital factor in both mental and physical health. When you participate in pleasurable activities like smiling, laughing, exercising or playing, your brain does an amazing thing and releases a little chemical message known as an endorphin. These endorphins are feel good messages that have the power to remove physical and emotional pain. Described alike the drug morphine they travel down the spine and then throughout your body sending a feeling of well being as they go. These endorphins not only have the ability to relieve physical pain but they also have the power to make you feel happy.

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