What It's All About
The CranioSacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which makes up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area.
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch method of detection and correction of restrictions. It encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system. The goal is to make the body free of restrictions and imbalances.
Clients who experience CranioSacral therapy report better overall health and resistance to disease.
Myo (muscle) and Fascia (a web of connective tissue) can get twisted and pulled and cause restrictions in any areas of the body. Because the fascia connects every part of the body, the cause of the pain dysfunction may be some distance from the site of the pain. This treatment is performed using a gentle, slow sustained pressure that follows the body's lead. Emotions can be held in these fascial tissues and may be released as part of the treatment.
Visceral Manipulation is a manual therapy that consists of light, gentle, specifically placed forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the viscera (organs) and their connective tissues. This treatments works with the deepest layers of muscles in the body.
For full painless range of motion to occur at a joint, there must be subtle, gliding and spinning motions that occur between all the joint surfaces. When these important motions are restricted or out of balance, normal range of motion produces abnormal loads to these tissues creating inflammation, pain and further dysfunction. Joint mobilization is the specific, direct application of a gentle manual force directly to the joint surfaces to restore normal athrokinematics (joint motion). Clients report that the effect is often immediate.
Traditional physical therapy is used to treat chronic and acute pain as well as orthopedic conditions. Stress management, proper body mechanics, healthy lifestyle choices and postural alignment are important aspects of treatment. Clients may be given individualized exercise programs that include strength and cardiovascular training, stretching and stabilization exercises.
Neurostructural Therapy - Brain and Spinal Chord Therapy
With a very light and respectful touch, specific structures and physiology of the brain and spinal chord are addressed. The body often aligns itself around these precise structures and they are frequently an unaddressed primary/key tissue restriction. This technique can usually help most clients but specifically those with any brain and spinal chord related pathologies.
Linda teaches yoga classes as well as private sessions. Yoga may be brought into manual therapy sessions if indicated. With proper alignment and awareness of how the body is reacting to postures and breath, everyone can benefit from yoga. Linda believes that people should not have to adapt their bodies to postures, but that postures can be adapted to the body as necessary.