Craniosacral therapy


Lynne Donnelly, CST, EFTCert-II

SeLynne Donnelleyrvice: EFT, craniosacral therapy
Description: I provide light-touch hands-on healing work for relieving physical and emotional restrictions. Very relaxing while allowing the body to reach its healthiest state.
Number of sessions offered: Determined on a per client basis
Phone: 360.544.8445


What is craniosacral therapy?

by Lynne Donnelly, CST, EFTCert-II

A head-on car crash in 1997 left me with severe whiplash — limited range of motion and a lot of pain in my neck. I was visiting the chiropractor several times a week and not getting any better. When a friend suggested I see her CranioSacral therapist, I said, “Cranio–what? I can’t even pronounce that!”

But she convinced me, and a few days later I found myself lying on a massage table while the therapist held my head for an hour. At least, that’s what it felt like he was doing. My head twisted and turned — painlessly — like I was an owl. At the end of the hour I knew two things: 1) My neck felt much better, and 2) I wanted to learn how to do this! I spent the next two years learning the ins and outs of CranioSacral therapy and getting certified by the Upledger Institute, the most well-known training source for CranioSacral therapy.

The CranioSacral system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, the cerebral spinal fluid that feeds and cushions them, the membranes surrounding them, and the bones of the skull and spine — essentially, your central nervous system and supporting structures. If something is out of whack (the technical term) here, it can affect you anywhere in your body.

One client had been suffering from severe sciatica (shooting pain down the back of her buttock and leg) for 15 years. I worked first on her hip and leg, and she got immediate relief. The pain came back later, and so did she. On her second visit, I discovered one of the bones on the top of her head was compressed. She remembered having kitchen cabinets fall on her head when she was building her house, about a year before the sciatic pain started. We released the bone that day, the pain went away, and it never returned. It had taken about a year for that displaced bone to displace another, which moved another, and so on until one squeezed her sciatic nerve.

CranioSacral therapy uses very light touch (about 5 grams, the weight of a nickel) to release restrictions in the body. Bodies are essentially self-healing. A bruise, a cut, even a broken bone will heal on its own. When something doesn’t heal or pain persists, we look for restrictions that are keeping the body from healing and gently help it release those restrictions. We use such light touch that it seems impossible to get changes. But a light touch doesn’t engage the body’s defense mechanism, so we can often get deeper changes than heavier touch, which causes the body to tense in protection.

CranioSacral therapy also provides tremendous stress relief. Since stress is a factor in 80-90% of illnesses and pain, anything that helps reduce stress improves health. My clients report an overall feeling of relaxation, reduced stress, and greater ease when they finish a session.

I have worked with hundreds of clients with all kinds of physical pain — headaches, joint pain, MS, back pain, TMJ, restless leg, sinusitis, post-polio syndrome — and emotional pain. We often store emotional pain in our bodies, and releasing it allows the physical part to heal. With gentle, non-invasive techniques I can help release or reduce pain of all types. You have nothing to lose but some pain. Come see how good you can feel!