Do you (or does someone you love) suffer from chronic headaches or migraines? Studies have shown that Craniosacral Therapy can help to reduce the intensity and severity chronic headaches and migraines.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
This light-touch modality (the pressure used by therapist is less than the weight of a nickel) helps to release restrictions in the dural tube, the area surrounding your spinal cord, normalizing the cranio sacral system and allowing these structures to function at optimal levels.
Can I try a sample of this work?
Yes! I often finish each massage session with a few cranio “holds” as they are called. If you have noticed me cradle the base of your skull with my fingertips or hold one hand under the back of your head and one hand under your pelvis this is craniosacral (and if you have not noticed because you were floating away in a state of bliss then it worked!) My clients report deep relaxation, reduced stress, some people even report a “bobblehead” feeling after I loosen the tissues in their neck. I also offer sixty, seventy five and ninety minute sessions where we follow a ten step protocol to address all parts of the craniosacral system.
Not able to get in to see me right away? Here are a few self care tips for reducing headache pain at home:
- Apply an ice pack wrapped in a pillowcase or thin towel to your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck.
- Apply gentle, steady pressure to the painful area with your index finger or thumb. Maintain pressure for 10 to 15 seconds, then release.
- Sit, or lie quietly in a low-lit room. Turn on soft music, close your eyes and imagine tension dripping away from your neck and shoulders.
- Try the simple neck release we often do in Pilates and yoga class – lie on your back and gently and slowly roll your head side to side, then make small slow circles.
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood) based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers movement and massage packages for optimal health. To book your next appointment call her today at (503) 705-4762, or click the “schedule and appointment” button to the right ->