Helen Sutter

Get relief with CranioSacral Therapy; a different massage modality near Lanesboro, MN

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my therapy or bodywork session take place?
What should I wear for my session?
What parts of my body will be worked on?
What will the therapy or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the session?
How will I feel after the therapy session?
What are the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy?
Are there any medical conditions that would make CranioSacral Therapy inadvisable?

Where will my therapy or bodywork session take place?
Your therapy or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.  On occasion, the practitioner may have you seated in a chair.

What should I wear for my session
The CranioSacral Therapy techinique does not require one to get undressed.  Wearing loose, comfortable clothing is fine.
 
What parts of my body will be worked on?
The main focus will be the head and neck, but may include shoulders, arms, abdomen and/or legs.  On occasion, the inside of the mouth may be worked on.

What will the therapy or bodywork feel like?
CranioSacral Therapy is so gentle that practitioners have been known to use it on newborn babies and the elderly who may be bedridden.  It is relaxing, with light touch and gentle pressure.  As a release takes place, some clients might feel brief, tingling sensations in their face, head, arms or legs.  Some clients might replay or "relive" a physical motion they experienced during an accident, yet they will not relive any pain that was associated with the accident.  Some clients become so relaxed that they briefly fall asleep. 

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, application of pressure to specific points, and more.  Helen's method uses light touch and gentle pressure.

What should I do during the session?
Prior to the session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming bodywork. During the therapy, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they feel sensations in their face or other parts of their body.  Occasional twitching of hands and feet is common.  If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the therapy session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Many express a feeling of reduced pressure in their head. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days or weeks. Since toxins are released from your tissues during CST, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following a session.

What are the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy? 
CranioSacral Therapy works to release or "unwind" restrictions found in people of all ages.  Babies suffering from colic or adults suffering from acid reflux will especially benefit from an abdominal release.  Toddlers and adolescents suffering from chronic ear infections will benefit from a session as their temporal bones are gently worked on.  Teens suffering from sports injuries or "growing pains" will benefit from a full session.  Even adults suffering from arthritis will feel relief in their sore joints.

Are there any medical conditions that would make CranioSacral Therapy inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems such as seizures, stroke, bleeding on the brain or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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