What can I expect from a Craniosacral Therapy/Myofascial Release treatment?
We utilize a “hands-on” approach to treat the whole body. Our method is safe and gentle which involves placing our hands on the affected areas where we see or feel a drag. We then gently engage with the connective tissue to lengthen the restricted area, which creates a melting effect and frees the fascial restriction.
What will I feel during a treatment?
The effects of a CST/MFR therapy session are similar to a therapeutic massage. You might feel relaxed and at ease, or you may experience some slight discomfort initially. We encourage therapeutic pain which may be somewhat uncomfortable but is a “feel good” type of pain which can be a result of your body healing a restriction. We encourage you to listen to your body.
What does it feel like when a restriction is released?
Myofascial Release has been compared to feeling like can feel melting butter, taffy stretching, or molding clay. If you have an exceptionally tight area, you might experience a mild burning sensation similar to a rope burn; however, this should never be outside of your comfort level.
How long will it take before I can expect to get relief?
Your response to treatment will vary depending on several different factors. Each individual has a unique experience that is based on their medical history, current lifestyle, and motivation levels. Your experience and results are also dependent on the frequency and consistency of your visits, your ability to maintain compliant with treatment sessions and assigned home stretching/exercise regimens. You can speed your recovery time by maintaining consistency, drinking plenty of water, eating right, getting rest, being accountable, and taking an active role in your self-care.
What if I am in too much pain for therapy?
If you are experiencing pain that is a sign that it is time for another therapy session to help you get some relief. Your body has become conditioned to a holding pattern that is disrupted by therapy and can result in an initial increase of pain. We are utilizing CST/MFR to create a new, healthier holding pattern for your body and pain generally is a sign that it is time for more therapy to help achieve the new holding pattern which will ultimately decrease pain and increase the range of motion.
What is Tissue Memory?
It is the subconscious remembrance of every traumatic event that may have occurred from in utero to your present day. This can include physical, emotional, or mental trauma. Memories can become locked within the fascial system and can oftentimes manifest themselves in the physical pain that you may be experiencing. Tissue memory plays an enormous role in your healing process and with the help of CST/MFR, the physical and emotional content of any injury, literal or symbolic, can be addressed in a safe and gentle way in a supportive environment, thereby addressing pain on many levels.
How does CST/MFR affect emotions?
Trauma is not always physical. Trauma often takes the form of emotional or mental abuse, loss, rejection, anger, guilt etc. In order to protect our mental health, we’ve learned to bury emotions. These festering emotions later manifest themselves in pain, dysfunction, or disease in the body. In referring back to tissue memory, your body will release and heal from whatever it needs to, when it needs to – as long as you learn to trust your body’s intuition. Sometimes an emotion or a memory will arise during treatment. Your therapist is trained to encourage you to feel through it and keep you safe amidst anything that may surface. This is necessary for healing on all levels.
What are co-treatments?
Each CST/MFR session is typically held with a single therapist but can commonly be scheduled with two or more therapists who treat you simultaneously for a more profound structural and energetic effect.