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Cranial Sacral Therapy is a simple procedure that uses light, therapeutic touch throughout the body, targeting cranial bone movement. It is also called craniosacral therapy.   Cranial sacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from pain.

Massage therapists use selective pressures to manipulate the cranial bones, offering clients the feeling of deep relaxation, both during and after the session. Depending on the areas receiving treatment, cranial sacral sessions can last from 30 minutes to one hour or longer.

Massage usually begins at the cranial base. This is located at the back of the skull where stress and blockage are often attributed to be the cause of headaches and neck and back pain.  By targeting this area of the body, massage can help to open up tightened areas and alleviate pain.

There are many benefits of cranial sacral therapy. Some of those benefits include an increased sense of relaxation, changes in negative behavioral patterns, and a greater capacity to manage life in general.  

This type of massage also helps clients to reduce stress, better manage specific disease symptoms, see an improvement in psychological issues, reduce the effects of past trauma and experience an improved sense of well-being.  

Clinical studies have also found that this type of therapy reduced the incidence of adverse effects in individuals who have suffered traumatic brain syndrome.

Ask your massage therapist about cranial sacral therapy. Your therapist can incorporate this type of massage into your next appointment to help you find relief from head, back and neck pain, and help lessen your stress and anxiety.

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