1. What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle manual therapy that uses a light touch. By using light touch it helps inhibit the Sympathetic Nervous System and activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS).

The PNS is the body’s rest and restore state. Most people are unable to reach that state on their own. Activating the PNS allows the practitioner to feel the craniosacral rhythm and use it as a guide to restricted areas in the body.

What are restrictions?

Restrictions in the body can be any number of things. Adhesions, scar tissue, knots, impingements, chronic pain, trauma, emotional energy cysts to name a few.

Restrictions can be released in a number of different ways. A release can be softening or lengthening of the muscle. It can also present itself as a muscle twitch, body adjustment, deep breaths, eye flutters, or stomach growls.

Who can benefit?

Everyone! Anyone from an infant to the elderly can benefit from this technique. In this blog, I will specifically be talking about pelvic floor health.

2. What is the Pelvic Floor?

The Pelvic floor helps to stabilize the core, hold back urine and supports the organs in the pelvic region. The muscles of the pelvic floor are both voluntary and involuntary. Pelvic floor dysfunction is the inability to control the muscles of the pelvic region.

3. How CranioSacral work helps the Pelvic Floor?

It can bring focused attention to certain areas like the pelvic floor. The pelvic diaphragm release helps heighten the client’s body awareness in this area. As you continue through a full body session releases occur where the body deems necessary.

Some of the pelvic floor dysfunctions that may benefit from this treatment are:

  • Bladder Urgency/frequency and IC
  • IBS
  • Pelvic pain
  • Emotional Difficulties/Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Holding on to past events/memories,
  • Low libido
  • Infertility
  • Pain during pregnancy
  • PCOS
  • Irregular Menstrual cycles/cramping

After a session

I have personally seen/felt releases while treating a client. A complete pelvic shift has happened, temperature change, muscle twitch, softening of the tissue, and crying, to name a few. All of which is normal. A way to let go and heal.

 What you can expect after a session

  • No/less cramping
  • Better urinary control
  • Less tension/pain
  • Better body awareness
  • Emotional Releases

Continued sessions and orthopedic work with a Physical Therapist for optimal benefits are suggested. Having a counselor available is also another form of therapy to use in conjunction with Craniosacral work. 


Ashley Gaytan LMT is a licensed Massage Therapist at Mettler Center. 

Call 217-356-6543 to schedule a massage or a free 30-minute personal training consultation.

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