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Reduce stress and anxiety with craniosacral therapy

Whether you’re going through a stressful time or are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you should consider craniosacral therapy. This seemingly simple massage technique was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician, between 1975 and 1983. Since its inception, this therapy has proved helpful in alleviating symptoms of many conditions and has been particularly successful in reducing stress and helping people cope with their anxiety.

How craniosacral therapy works

The craniosacral system is composed of the membranes, cerebrospinal fluid and bones encasing the brain and spinal cord. Craniosacral therapy involves the stimulation of the entire system, which begins with your practitioner massaging your skull and sacral bones.

Since the whole system works together, stimulation of the bones affects the underlying membranes and cerebrospinal fluid. Your practitioner’s gentle touch helps get the cerebrospinal fluid circulating freely again, thereby relieving your symptoms.


What to expect during the first appointment

It’s normal to be a bit nervous going into your first appointment but there’s nothing to be worried about. During an hour-long session, you’ll receive a gentle full-body massage, with particular attention paid to your sacral bones and skull. It’s so relaxing that you’ll likely find yourself drifting off to sleep. Remember, this therapy is about your mind and your body. The meditative aspect is just as important as the massage itself.


After the appointment

Immediately after your appointment, you’ll likely feel much lighter than you did when you first lay down on the massage table. All of the tension and tightness will be gone from your body. Naturally, one session isn’t enough to get rid of all your anxiety, but you’ll find yourself feeling more relaxed and ready to face any stressful situations that may come your way.

Most people start seeing significant changes after three to five visits, so, for lasting results, we recommend coming in for at least a few weekly appointments.


Schedule a craniosacral therapy appointment

Everyone struggles with stress from time to time, meaning that everyone can benefit from craniosacral therapy. If it’s something you’re interested in trying, consider booking an appointment at Clayton Heights Sports & Therapy Center. Whether you need to visit a massage therapist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist, you can count on us to provide you with expert service. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the different services we provide.

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