Emily has been trained through the Upledger Institute in CST work through their basic program and their Obstetrics and Pediatrics training. You can learn more about them at Upledger.com
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle form of hands-on bodywork that directly works with the membranes of the Central Nervous System and its related structures (the brain, spinal cord, sacrum). This system holds fluid to maintain these structures and this fluid moves much like your blood, breath, and digestion; meaning it has its own rhythm. A CST practitioner can feel this rhythm throughout the body and notice where there are restrictions in the facial layer of the body due to physical trauma, holding from stress, or repetitive patterns. (You can imagine the fascia as the shiny or white layer of tissue between the layers of skin and meat in chicken, it is continuous with no beginning or end.)
To effect this tissue, CST practitioners "follow" the rhythm that is felt and assist it to unwind or resolve from the area of tension. An additional benefit of this work is its direct effect on the "fight or flight" response of the nervous system. Many clients express feeling like their nervous system was "rebooted" like your computer or cell phone and now the programs we run in our brain are no longer dealing with the build up of spam. Scientifically speaking, CST work does reset the nervous system and gives it a new base line so we are more able to deal with the stress that is continual in our lives.
From a physical trauma perspective, when the fascial layer becomes twisted or tightens due to a physical trauma (car accidents, concussion, birth, etc...) CST practitioners are able to feel where this tension is being held and get to the core of these traumas. Unlike other forms of work, CST addresses this in a very gentle way, so for those that are experiencing intense sensitivity or inflammation this work is ideal (children, trauma/abuse survivors, headaches/migraines, PTSD, etc...).