FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

How does CranioSacral Therapy (CST) work?

The CranioSacral System is comprised of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). The CranioSacral System, therefore, has a direct impact on the proper functioning of the CNS.

As our bodies endure the stresses of everyday life, we develop tension and restrictions in the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord that, over time, begin to negatively affect the CNS. Because the CNS has direct impact on almost every other system in our bodies, the implications are far reaching.

The CST practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the CranioSacral System by testing the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid as it moves through the CNS. Gentle pressure (usually no more than 5 grams, or the weight of a nickle) is then used to release restrictions and allow the body to return to a more homeostatic state.

By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, the body is better able to self-correct. Additionally, function of the endocrine system, digestive system, and immune system are enhanced, leading to a stronger, healthier, more resilient body.

What happens In a typical CST session?

Clients remain fully clothed during CST treatment. It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Clients generally report a feeling of deep relaxation and sometimes feel like they fell asleep during treatment. The sensation of falling asleep is usually your body functioning in it’s self-corrective state and is the time when true healing is taking place. Directly afterwards, people often feel very grounded and comfortable within themselves. If pain has been an issue, many times there is already a noticeable difference in the degree of pain experienced.

What conditions does CST address?

Some examples of conditions that respond very well to CST are:

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Pain, including neck and back, lower back and hips, shoulders
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrom (TMJ)
  • Stress and Tension Related Disorders, including insomnia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Birth Trauma

Is there any condition for which CST shouldn’t be used?

Yes, there are a few situations when CST should not be used. These include any condition in which a variation or slight increase in intra-cranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intra-cranial pressure changes.

How many treatments will I need?

Every person is different and will have a different experience, even if they are being treated for the same issue. Sometimes just one session can make all the difference. However, if the issue is chronic and has been around a long time, it may take two or three sessions a week over a period of time to completely heal. You may notice that with each treatment, improvements are felt for a longer time between sessions. The ultimate goal is to get your tissues to move away from negative patterns and function at a normal, healthy level.

My baby cries all the time and does not sleep. Can CranioSacral Therapy help?

Constant crying and difficulty sleeping can have many causes. CranioSacral Therapy can help release restrictions that may be the result of the birth process. We are very resilient beings, but occasionally our bodies cannot self-correct on their own. CranioSacral Therapy can help infants return to their natural state of being and can help to relieve discomfort so they cry less and sleep more comfortably.

What is a Conscious Transformation Energy Session?

An Energy Session at Shine Studio is intended to be a deeply relaxing experience that allows an individual to experience rejuvenation in a short period of time that would normally take hours of rest. Recipients of Conscious Transformation Energy sessions have reported an increased capacity to manage stress and greater access to states of peace and connectedness. These sessions are designed to harmonize the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. Conscious Transformation Energy Sessions are distinct in the focus on transformation for the individual at all levels.

What will be the outcome of my Energy Session?

As with any program of personal development, such as diet or exercise, it takes consistent application to realize the full benefits of a Conscious Transformation Energy Session. One session can be an extraordinary experience, and many sessions regularly over time create a cumulative effect that can generate remarkable transformation in every aspect of your life. Ongoing sessions powerfully support the creation of new neural pathways to promote overall health and vitality.

Linda will work with your internal energy to not only create an optimal space to relax and de-stress, but also to experience expanded states of awareness and deeper levels of inner peace. Those states can include bliss, love, connection, excitement, rejuvenation and a sense of unity.

If your question about Shine Bodywork Studio has not been addressed here, please feel free to contact me via phone or email to be sure all your questions are answered.