Cranial sacral massage or craniosacral focuses on the areas of the cranial region, spinal column and sacrum. Depending on the area being worked on, it uses a light or firm touch. Massage work at Body Smirks on the cranial surface stimulates the hair follicles and increases blood flow to the head allowing the brain to receive more oxygen.
Cranial sacral massage techniques cover:
The nervous system
Benefits of Cranial Sacral massage therapy include:
Treats temporomandibular joint disorder which is the inflammation of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull
According to the National Headache Foundation, approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Often, migraines are triggered or exacerbated by stress and poor sleep. In a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that participants who received bodywork like Cranial Sacral Therapy had better quality sleep and fewer migraines than participants who didn't. Effects even lasted up to three weeks after therapy ended.
"Many people don't realize we have muscles on our scalp. Those muscles are responsible for making our facial expressions, and there can be a lot of tension there, especially when staring at a computer all day or when we are under a lot of stress. Not only that, but the scalp tends to get ignored on a daily basis. It's tension we're not usually aware of. Many people feel that tension melt away when their head is massaged." ~Melissa Wheeler, Massage Therapist and Teacher Training Coordinator at the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, California