Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, few systems have as much impact on the central nervous system as the craniosacral system.
Extending from the bones of the skull, face and mouth down to the sacrum and tailbone, the craniosacral system consists of the membranes, bones and and fluids that surround, protect and nourish your brain and spinal cord. These fluids run through all of your connective tissue, delivering nutrients from the blood and removing toxins from your brain.
The role of this system is so vital that even the slightest imbalance or dysfunction within it can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological problems of all kinds.
By encouraging movement of cerebrospinal fluid --the life-giving water of your spine and brain--CST creates the conditions for your body’s natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress and trauma.
This scientific and intuitive approach to total well-being is not a “cure”, it is a catalyst--encouraging the body to self-regulate and heal itself.
"I first saw Maureen for CranioSacral Therapy in 2011 for neck and shoulder pain as well as immunocompromised issues that often incapacitated me. I had been to several doctors, including a neurologist and an arthritis specialist, and I had also tried physical therapy. Maureen helped me beyond measure, by utilizing craniosacral techniques to relieve my pain and the stress of my pain. She also taught me relaxation skills and showed me restorative yoga poses to practice at home to relax my tight muscles. I have since seen her for other issues, most recently for TMJ. In these sessions, she did mouth work, releasing the tension in the joints in my jaw. It took 4 sessions, and I can now eat without any involuntary spasms, and I no longer have jaw pain. I feel blessed to work with such gifted CranioSacral Therapist."
"Maureen was so reassuring and helped me to know what was going on during our CranioSacral session. I had 3 or 4 treatments from Maureen and over time the pain from my herniated disk abated and I was relieved. I am really grateful to Maureen for these treatments which gave me relief from pain and helped to make me feel better in general. Maureen gave me the boost that I needed when my body wasn't doing it for itself. I would recommend CranioScacral Therapy from Maureen to anyone!"
Like your cardiovascular or circulatory system, your craniosacral system follows a rhythm. It’s pulse, though more subtle and difficult to feel, is as tangible as your heart rate.
Similar to how a cardiologist might investigate the heart or the lungs, a craniosacral practitioner focuses on the cranial bones, spine and sacrum. By applying a light touch to the bones and fascia of these areas, the practitioner can monitor the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress.
Once a source has been determined, the therapist assists the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissues to help the body self-correct. Light touch is often all it takes to remove a restriction around the central nervous system. Other times, CST can be combined with complementary therapies to help restore the body to its optimum level of functioning.
Though a physical practice, there is an energetic and intuitive component to CST. It takes presence and deep listening for the practitioner to follow the client's body and allow it to show where the restrictions need to be released.
Also, because it works along the spine, CST follows the pulse of energy that flows between the head and pelvic area. In ancient meditation and healing, this same area houses our Chakra system—a line of energy centers that are focal points in the health and vitality of the mind, spirit and subtle body.
"In the fall of 2016, I was looking for a new therapist to help me deal with the trauma I have had in my life with the military and with childhood abuse. I came upon Maureen's website and saw that CranioSacral Therapy deals with stress and trauma. The part of the process that surprised me is that the gentle touch of CranioSacral therapy can be so healing. CranioSacral Therapy has helped to alleviate stress from both my body and my mind. It is easier for me to feel relaxed and make better decisions. I sleep better than I have for years. I recommend this therapy to any military person or anybody who has a physically demanding or stressful job."
"Maureen intuitively guided me through treatments that reconnected my mind and body. She helped me to release the tension in my jaw, shoulders, pelvis and other areas that I didn't even know that I was holding onto physically. I also felt more focused, in the moment, at ease with my past, and
What Can Craniosacral Therapy Help Me With?
CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to help alleviate the following issues:
CranioSacral Therapy is also a safe approach for children and infants who have experienced early stress, including birth trauma, colic, and reflux—and is helpful for school age children who experience headaches or back pain from orthodontia (or other causes), school anxiety, or generalized anxiety.
"My CranioSacral sessions with Maureen have helped to alleviate my low back pain and migraine headaches. Her presence, knowledge and skillfulness create an atmosphere of trust and peacefulness. Maureen's approach guides the body, mind and heart to release, shift and heal. Her light-filled touch is subtle, soothing and effective. During each session and after, I appreciate the sense of being deeply connected to my higher self. Discomfort is transformed and replaced by a sense of ease and light-heartedness. I highly recommend Maureen to everyone seeking to explore CranioSacral Therapy."
~ Lauri Deary, RN, RYT, Longmeadow, Ma.
Rooting Down. Reaching Up.
Maureen Elise Quinn
Restoring Body, Mind and Spirit