Craniosacral Massage Therapy in Austin
Craniosacral therapy is a very specific technique that has a wide range of benefits. Two of our amazing advanced therapists, Monica and Liz, are trained in this special therapy. Craniosacral therapy may be light and gentle, but it is extremely effective. It will likely feel a bit different from the typical massages you are used to, but if you are open to see what mental, physical, spiritual experiences you can have on the table, definitely give this therapy a try.
*Craniosacral Therapy appointments available only with our therapists Liz and Monica
What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?
Craniosacral therapy is likely much different from other types of bodywork you may have experienced. This form of therapy uses a distinct, intentional light touch on the head (cranium), spine (down to the sacrum), and whole body to bring you back to balance. This light touch can stimulate subtle, yet profound effects on the physical body and the mind.
A craniosacral therapist learns to read and listen to the body with their hands. This allows them to tap into underlying issues, areas of weakness, or blockages that may not be obvious to us. The focus of CST is the meningeal membranes that surround the brain, spinal cord, and skull. Through these structures, cerebrospinal fluid flows to nourish our nervous system. CST works to stimulate this essential fluid and to maintain the proper alignment of these membranes and structures. This has a great effect on the brain and nervous system, and therefore improves the function of the entire body.
What are the Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy?
Overall, craniosacral massage therapy is an effective therapy for releasing emotional and physical pain, stress, and tension. Here are a few conditions that benefit from CST:
Migraines and headaches
Mood disorders like anxiety or depression
Irritable bowel syndrome
Disturbed sleep cycles and insomnia
Neck and back pain
Recurrent ear infections
Trauma recovery, including trauma from whiplash
Issues in pregnancy
Who Needs Craniosacral Therapy?
Because CST has such a wide range of benefits and can help to “iron out” physical or energetic kinks in the whole body, anyone could try craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy is so gentle and effective that even infants can have this massage!
Consider CST if you have tried other therapies for your health concerns but haven’t made the progress you were hoping for. You might add CST into your general health care regimen as a protective and preventative measure. Craniosacral therapy also works remarkably well when paired with other therapies like massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care.
Is Craniosacral Therapy Safe?
Yes! Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle and non-invasive therapy. The therapist works very intuitively and intentionally as she listens to the body’s needs with her hands. Craniosacral therapy feels like gentle pressure on the head and spine, but is quite different from massage. This pressure releases the tension caused by compression in the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. While the experience of CST is very mild, there are big changes happening!
Get Started with Craniosacral Therapy
At Mantis Massage, our talented therapists Monica and Liz are here to help you heal fully and gently with their specialized CST training. Your true health is our ultimate goal, and we can’t wait to see you fully rejuvenated with this natural and amazing therapy. Call one of our Austin offices today to get started with transformative craniosacral therapy!