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Treatment of the Head With CranioSacral Therapy

When I tell people that I am a CranioSacral Therapist, most of them ask me if I do head massage.  While the name “craniosacral” seems to point in the direction of the head, it is very different than rubbing someone’s scalp! CranioSacral Therapy can treat anywhere in the body, from your right big toe to your left ear.  Like chiropractic or physical therapy, you are fully clothed on a treatment table.

CranioSacral Therapy was developed in the 1970’s by an osteopath by the name of John Upledger.  While teaching biomechanics at a university in the Midwest, he discovered that the fluid bathing the spine and brain flowed up and down the body driven by the autonomic nervous system. While listening to this rhythm with his hands, he could detect deep holding patterns anywhere in the body.  He developed a series of light touch release techniques and found that many of his patients were completely healed of their ailments. Dr. Upledger also developed release techniques for the bones of the head.  This was a revolutionary therapy that did not involve surgery or cutting of any kind.  It relied solely on the practitioner and the amazing self healing ability of the human body.  The following are three stories from my experience of working with CS and the cranial bones.

“Joshua” came to me when he was eight years old.  I immediately noticed a pronounced ridge running along the upper part of his forehead and to the sides of his head.  His mother explained to me the Joshua had been stuck in the birth canal for over two months.  He was of normal intelligence, but was extremely hyperactive and inattentive.  After three sessions Joshua’s cranial bones were in proper alignment and Joshua announced, “My bump is gone!”  His mother reported that the hyperactivity vanished and he could concentrate on his school work.

“Karen” came to me after a very bad head injury.  She had fallen from the roof of her house hitting the back of her head.  She had been in pain and suffered vertigo for over four years.  After four sessions Karen had no more headaches, the vertigo was down by 80%, and she was feeling like her old self.

“Jim” had been suffering from migraine headaches for over two years. Nothing seemed to work to get rid of them and he was becoming depressed dealing with the pain.  I treated Jim for three sessions.  He told me that he felt relief after the first session and continued getting better after each one.  By the third time he was headache free.

CranioSacral therapy can be used on any age, from infants to the elderly.  I am profoundly grateful that I found this healing modality and have integrated its techniques within my healing practice. It has changed many lives for the better.  I have received quite extensive training from the Upledger Institute, and I invite you to visit its website at www.upledger.com for more information.  Also, please look up my website at www.ilanisessions.com, or call me at 620-2005.

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