CranioSacral Therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses a very light touch to balance the craniosacral system in the body, which includes the bones, nerves fluids and connective tissues of the head and spinal areas.
CranioSacral (CST) is ideally suited for: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, chronic middle ear infections, pain and general health maintenance. It is also recommended for osteoarthritis, pneumonia, chronic sinus infections, and gastroenteritis. It is used with other therapies to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, back and neck pain as well as menstrual irregularities. Often CST practitioners report benefits for eye dysfunction, depression, motor coordination difficulties, TMJ dysfunction, hyperactivity, colic, whiplash, floppy baby syndrome and other central nervous system disorders.
Clients are treated fully clothed and lying on a massage table. The practitioner feels disturbances in the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid while noting the rate, amplitude, symmetry and quality of the movement. Once light and very slight pressure is applied to release restrictions in structures around the system the fluid will be able to move freely, thus allowing the body’s natural healing responses to function in a more appropriate fashion.
Beth was introduced to CranioSacral Therapy after removal of an left-sided acoustic neuroma in 1989. Though the neuroma was removed she was left with total left-sided deafness, daily severe headaches, motor coordination problems and left sided facial droop. Prior to the surgery she had worked as a fitness instruction in a YMCA. After the surgery she was unable to walk without assistance from another person, aphasia, could not crawl and the headaches also were accompanied by severe neck pain. Fortunately she met with a neuropsychologist who suggested that she see a CranioSacral practitioner. As a result, after these treatments she was able to return to working though in a different type of work than she was engaged in prior to the surgery. Her therapist moved out of state but suggested she go to The Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to begin her education as a CST practitioner herself.
Beth has been providing CST to clients since 1994. In 1998 she studied massage therapy in State College, PA at Mt. Nittany School of Massage and is currently a licensed massage therapist with a focus in CranioSacal Therapy. She also provides various massage techniques to clients in conjunction with CST or alone as a modality. She studied trigger point therapy in Ithaca, NY, Lymph Drainage through the Upledger Institue, and Myofascial techniques through Advanced -Trainings of Colorado. She also studied Phys. Ed. and Health at Lock Haven State College.