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WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

Eve Kodiak is trained in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, which was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger. Dr. Upledger was involved in extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

WHAT CONDITIONS BENEFIT FROM CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

HOW IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY DIFFERENT AT THE LYDIAN CENTER??

Craniosacral therapy is a tool used by many different kinds of practitioners: massage therapists, physical and occupational therapists, MD's, chiropractors, dentists, et al. Each practitioner of CST places it within the wider context of his or her own modality.

Eve Kodiak is a kinesiologist, who places her craniosacral work within the context of the "balance" framework originally developed by Dr. Paul Dennison under the name of Educational Kinesiology, or Brain Gym®. She has found that the effectiveness of almost any bodywork is greatly enhanced when used as part of the bigger picture accessed by the balance protocol. This works in several ways:

1. Efficiency: clients often present complex issues, and practitioners have to make choices about which avenues to pursue, and the timing of each one. The balance process helps tailor the session to the specific neurological needs of each client.

2. Clarity: The balance process, and muscle checking, gives us more checks and balances to insure that we are following the right therapeutic path

3. Integration: The balance process helps insure that integration of the craniosacral work into ordinary life will be gentle, incremental, and easily absorbed by the client's system.

4. "Homeplay" Sometimes clients are given simple movement activities to do during the days and weeks following their sessions. These "Brain Gym's" help to integrate and stabilize the craniosacral work.

In addition to her work as a kinesiologist Eve Kodiak is also a concert pianist and interested in the healing properties of sound. Cranial bones can be moved by methods other than palpation. Vibration is a powerful tool for relieving cranial stress and relaxing the nervous system. Eve often uses various vibrational techniques to enhance craniosacral work, including tuning forks, singing, and personal piano music. (See sound healing for more information about these techniques.)

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND LYDIAN CHIROPRACTIC

Eve Kodiak has worked closely with Dr. Lydia Knutson since 2001. She understands the Axial Stability Method of chiropractic, and has styled her own craniosacral work to extend and enhance it.

Axial Stability Method is a powerful, deep structure technique that puts the body in order. However, sometimes the soft tissue holds traumatic memories and old habits, which are experienced as muscle tightness or headaches or other pain. Craniosacral therapy can build on the structural integrity established through Axial Stability Method, by releasing tension and blocks stored in the craniosacral system.

Although it uses a very gentle touch, craniosacral therapy is a powerful modality, and a practitioner who is unfamiliar with Axial Stability Method can counteract the effects of the work of Dr. Knutson and her colleagues. Eve Kodiak makes sure that her work dovetails with Axial Stability Method in several ways:

  1. She strives for sacral-occipital balance in each session, so that the work "holds" as the client moves through their normal daily activities
  2. She is alert to when a client's symptoms suggest a structural problem that is best addressed by the Axial Stability Method of chiropractic, and refers these clients back to Dr. Knutson and her colleagues
  3. She confers with Dr. Knutson and her colleagues about shared clients