Craniosacral Therapy is a natural complimentary medicine, alternative health therapy, that brings the body to a deep space of restoration; so that it can release tensions, stresses and traumas that have been stored in the cellular tissues of the body from physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual trauma.
Craniosacral Therapy was birthed out of osteopathy and believes that the body operates as a unit and has the ability to self-organize, self-correct and heal itself.
As a craniosacral therapist, Ashley is able to facilitate this process of self-healing by listening to the craniosacral rhythm, the movement made throughout the body by the cerebral spinal fluid, and feel for restrictions, held within the craniosacral system. The brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system are heavily influenced by the craniosacral system - the dura matter - membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Everyday your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Over time these stress and strains build up, creating stored traumas in the body. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten, distorting the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions in the movement of your cerebrospinal fluid. These restrictions can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of gentle touch. With a light touch, Ashley uses her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. The pumping motion of this fluid creates a subtle pulse (detected through the palpation of the bones, muscles and fascia) similar to that of a heartbeat, which can be felt throughout the body. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. Through feather light touch Ashley is able to facilitate the release of these restrictions so that the body can self-correct and heal, in order to operate at its highest potential. The natural rhythm of the craniosacral system is restored, blood, and oxygen flow are improved, toxins are removed more efficiently, and brain cells function more effectively as they are able to receive the nutrients they require. The simplest way to explain the process is to imagine that your entire nervous system shuts down allowing for rest, restoration and reorganization similar to the act of rebooting a computer.