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The Low-Down On Craniosacral Therapy

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a single spa treatment that we haven’t tried and totally fallen in love with. From deep tissue to reiki to cupping, you name it, We’ve done it. And while our personal preference has always swayed towards hurts-so-good reflexology, the idea that light-touch work can be just as beneficial definitely piqued our interest.

It’s the latest bodywork to hit the wellness circuit, craniosacral therapy seems to all the craze of the late. And after doing a deep dive, it’s not hard to see why.

What is craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a type of bodywork that uses light-touch to restore the balance of the nervous system. It works to reduce the restrictions in the body that contribute to chronic pain. It’s a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique typically used by osteopaths, chiropractors, and massage therapists to manipulate the joints and treat disease.

How does it work?

Craniosacral therapy was developed by an American osteopathic physician nearly a century ago. During the treatment, the therapist uses gentle pressure on the hands on the feet, hips, ribs, and head to measure the rhythm of the craniosacral system. Once they find an area of tension they work the fascia to release any tensions that may be putting any kind of pressure on the nerve. In comparison to other massages, you can honestly barely feel anything. And the release is totally euphoric.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of craniosacral therapy range from physical to psychological—and are said to relieve a vast variety of conditions. From the obvious (like migraines, sinus infections, and neck pains) to psychological (like depression, trauma recovery, and insomnia).

Where can I get it?

A plethora of alternative healthcare centers now boast craniosacral therapy, so it’s not too difficult to find. If you’re in Los Angeles, try Craniosacral Clarity in Brentwood or Sacred Knots in Silver Lake. Or if you’re in NYC, we recommend Kaiya Healing Arts in Flatiron or Haven: Massage + CranioSacral Therapy if you’re in Brooklyn.

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