For Beginners: Experience and Understand the Fundamentals
Set among wooded acres and a private 15-acre lake, the 58-room Spa at the Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, PA features a 40,000-square-foot spa with a full range of treatments that encourage personal awakening and are geared toward promoting lasting lifestyle changes.
Offering a light yet profound touch that assists the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the body, the 50-minute Craniosacral Specialty Bodywork treatment facilitates a feeling of deep relaxation, greater well-being and pain relief. The practitioner works with the client to explain the benefits of the treatment, as well as gather information on any health issues he or she may be dealing with.
For the Seasoned: Healing with Cranio
With several locations in Manhattan (and additional outposts in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, Los Angeles, and Turks and Caicos), Exhale Spa is a fitness and spa mecca. The Midtown location spans more than 12,000 square feet and includes an area specifically devoted to the spa’s Asian-inspired treatments.
Like the traditional treatment, Exhale’s 60-minute Craniosacral Therapy works to remove accumulated blockages that restrict the flow of cerebral spinal fluids—but the spa suggests consulting with a therapist first to learn more about energy work so they approach with realistic expectations. "I would suggest that craniosacral be reserved for the more seasoned spa-goer,” says Konstantine Varvaris, massage therapist at New York's Exhale Spa. "It's really a detailed healing session that's specific to one's needs; it addresses conditions such as migraines, TMJ, lower back issues, headaches, sinus conditions, vision problems, fatigue, depression and other emotional issues."