Haven’t heard of craniosacral therapy? Also known as cranial osteopathy, craniosacral therapy targets the spine and skull to improve the functioning of the central nervous system and boost the body’s self-healing properties.
Best for: Helps to alleviate everything from headaches and scoliosis to autism and fibromyalgia.
What it treats: Performed by chiropractors, massage therapists and factors, “craniosacral goes beyond treating symptoms, and focuses on locating and healing the sources of problems,” says Robyn Walpert-Rose of Intentional Wellness Center for CranioSacral & Integrative Therapies in Altamonte Springs, FL.
How it’s done: The therapist will place his or her hands on you, as you are lying on your back. Dr. John E. Upledger established a 10-point protocol for sessions (which typically last an hour), in which parts of the head and spine are gently massaged to tune into and affect their functioning. “Treatment is gentle and noninvasive. Generally, the client is clothed and in a comfortable position,” says Walpert-Rose.
How you’ll feel after: Many people report feeling relaxed; some feel light-headed due to an increase in endorphins. “Experiences vary from session to session. At times, it may be very quiet, and you may fall into a deeply relaxed state or even sleep, or there may be dialogue and expression. You may feel a range of sensation, or recall memories or emotions that are pertinent to healing,” explains Walpert-Rose.
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