Stress Management & Craniosacral Therapy

By Stewart Snyder

Craniosacral Therapy helps stress management by conditioning the central nervous system. It acts as a massage for the body’s messaging system and balances + optimizes the CNS rhythm.

Continued Craniosacral sessions will re-train the brain to process and reset the fight or flight mechanism.

If you imagine a 10 mile drive. If it’s raining. You get caught in traffic. There’s an accident. The 10 miles takes 45 minutes. You wind up late for your appointment despite giving yourself plenty of time. You get out of the car frustrated and agitated. This continues to affect your appointment and the way you move through the day.

On the other hand, if during that same 10 mile drive, the weather is perfect, no traffic, window rolled down and your favorite song comes on the radio. You arrive early to your appointment and the drive feels like a mini-vacation.

Craniosacral Therapy is designed to give all the messages from your body to your brain – and your brain to every place in your body – a smooth path back and forth. So, your day-to-day feels more like the mini-vacation than the frustration and agitation.

Stress Management Science

Our nervous system is designed to help us get out of trouble; it reacts to threats with a stress response called “fight-or-flight” – coined by Walter Bradford Cannon. A series of neurological events triggers the production of cortisol activating the “sympathetic” nervous system – preparing us to fight a security threat or run from a predator. The flood of cortisol increases blood sugars, blood pressure, and boosts energy.

Once out of danger, our Parasympathetic nervous system returns our system back to balance reducing the affects of the cortisol boost.

The Nervous System consists of:

  • the brain

  • the spinal cord

  • the nerves that run throughout the body

The Central Nervous System is typically considered the brain and spinal cord. Both the Sympathetic nervous system and the Parasympathetic nervous system originate in the Spinal Cord.

The Spinal Cord sits in a flexible “skin” called the Dural Tube. The Dural Tube and the Brain contain a fluid – Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). CSF is created by the brain, becomes spent, and is reabsorbed.

We know that our current lifestyle is no longer compatible with our evolution. We just don’t have saber tooth tigers to run from anymore – and our threats to security have more to do with finances than other people – and fist-fighting simply isn’t a socially acceptable response to a parking ticket.

In other words, there’s nothing to trigger the Parasympathetic nervous system back into “control.”

Evolution built this amazing system and our current lifestyle is out of sync with it.

The Theory

The health of your nervous system determines the quality of your human experience.

The Cranialspinal System is proposed to have a pressure-stat model for Cerebrospinal Fluid. That is, it turns on the production of CSF until the system is “full,” then turns the production off until the system is “low.”

This low and full cycling creates a palpable pulse.

The quality of this pulse’s rhythm, strength, and balance determines the overall health of the Central Nervous System. CranioSacral Therapy reads and adjusts this pulse creating a well-functioning nervous system. A well-functioning nervous system is able to turn off the fight-or-flight mechanism and employ the Parasympathetic nervous system.

What People Say:

[CST] improved my ability to move in this world and for that I’m am grateful.

I left feeling relaxed and much more balanced. As an anxious person, being able to relax for a full hour is truly a gift!

[CST] is settling down my overactive system, allowing me to recover rapidly from any experiences that spark anxiety.

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