Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy Near Me

With the fast pace of life, high level of stress, traffic congestion, and environmental factors, it is no wonder that more Los Angelenos are turning to alternative and holistic treatment modalities to address a variety of health issues. At Holistic Healing Heart Center, we are pleased to offer Los Angeles residents and visitors professional craniosacral therapy at our Burbank and Valencia – Santa Clarita offices. If you are wondering, “Is there a professional CranioSacral therapy center near me?” we invite you to learn about this modality, how it works, and why a licensed doctor performs CST at our Burbank and Valencia offices.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body by complementing the body’s natural healing processes. CranioSacral Therapy supports the central nervous system and one of the most important body structures, the craniosacral system. Using a soft touch with very light pressure, a craniosacral therapist helps release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. This is achieved by relieving compression in the bones of the head, the sacrum, and the spinal column. Over the course of a 30 minute session with a trained CST practitioner, you can expect relief from pain, and improvement in general wellness and performance. CST is also used as a preventive health measure for its ability to boost resistance to disease. It is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

How Does Craniosacral Therapy Work?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle and interactive process between you and a trained CST practitioner. At the core of CST is the notion that the practitioner listens and responds to the body. Over the course of the day, the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord absorb stress and strains. Your body can only withstand so much tension until your tissues begin to tighten which ultimately compromises the brain, spinal cord, and nearly every other system in your body. CranioSacral Therapy helps release tension to allow the body to heal and self-correct. During your session, your local Los Angeles CST therapist will monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system and synchronize their gentle touch towards areas that need support.

What Conditions Can Craniosacral Therapy Address?

CST works by relieving compression in the head, neck, and back. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. It’s also helps restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves. Craniosacral therapy can be used for people of all ages. It may be part of your treatment for conditions like:

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Autism
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Infant and Childhood Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Many Other Conditions

Craniosacral Therapy vs. Massage

Craniosacral Therapy is different from massage. You do not disrobe, and no creams or oils are used. It’s a form of light-touch body work that enhances your body’s natural healing processes to improve the operation of your central nervous system. The distinctive light-touch of this practice improves the body’s ability to take better care of itself by strengthening the resistance to disease and enhancing your health and well-being. While some massage centers offer CST as an option, it is important to seek CST treatment with a licensed therapist.

Side Effects and Risks

The most common side effect of craniosacral therapy with a licensed practitioner is mild discomfort following the treatment. This is often temporary and will fade within 24 hours. There are certain individuals who shouldn’t use CST. These include people who have:

  • severe bleeding disorders
  • a diagnosed aneurysm
  • a history of recent traumatic head injuries, which may include cranial bleeding or skull fractures

CST Procedure and Technique

When you arrive for your appointment, your practitioner will ask you about your symptoms and any preexisting conditions that you have. You’ll typically remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Your session will last about 30 minutes, and you’ll begin by lying down on your back on the massage table. The practitioner may begin at your head, feet, or near the middle of your body. Using approximately five grams of pressure, the provider will gently hold your feet, head, or sacrum to listen to their subtle rhythms. If they detect it’s needed, they may gently press or reposition you to normalize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids. They may use tissue-release methods while supporting one of your limbs. During the treatment, some people experience different sensations. These may include:

  • feeling deep relaxation
  • falling asleep, and later recalling memories or seeing colors
  • sensing pulsations
  • having a “pins and needles” (numbing) sensation
  • having a hot or cold sensation
  • muscle twitching and involuntary head movement

CranioSacral Therapy Los Angeles At Holistic Healing Heart Center

Dr Galina MahlisAt our Burbank holistic medical center, you will be seen by our Naturopathic Doctor,  Dr. Galina Mahlis. Dr. Galina Mahlis is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut, where she received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. The four year medical program included intensive classroom instruction along with 1200+ hours of in-residence clinical training, a medical internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, and numerous private practice internships with top professionals in the fields of Naturopathic, Allopathic, and Integrative Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, along with completion pre-medical coursework from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Los Angeles Craniosacral Therapy Cost and Specials

At our Burbank and Valencia / Santa Clarita offices, the price is $75 for a 30 minute CST session.

Do you offer special packages?

You may purchase a 4 session package for a discounted price of $200.

Is there an initial consultation fee?

In the first session we spend some time going over your concerns and discussing what CST is. While some Craniosacral Therapists charge an initial fee for the consultation, here at Holistic Healing Heart Center, there is no extra free.

How many sessions will I need?

Patients can feel a difference after 1 session, depending on your main concerns and wellness goals. Our CST practitioner usually recommends a minimum of 4 sessions.

How often should my CST sessions be scheduled?

In the beginning, we prefer to have you come in for 1 session per week. As time goes on, your sessions can be less frequent. For maintenance, you may choose to come in once or twice per month.

What if my health concerns are severe?

If your health concerns are severe, you may choose to schedule more than 1 session per week. As always, please share your concerns and health history with your CST practitioner, so we may best determine the optimal treatment schedule for you.

CranioSacral Therapy Client Stories

CST Patient Case #1 from Dr. Galina Mahlis N.D.

I met Laura when she was referred to me after a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at 55 years old, but instead of giving up after learning of this life changing illness, she jumped into action and started seeing various practitioners to help her navigate this new fact of life. She came to me for Craniosacral Therapy. At her first session I learned that although the physical symptoms were very uncomfortable, the stress associated with them was even worse. I began by assessing her body and the energy that was radiating from her whole being. There was clearly an imbalance, and it was not only physical, but mental and emotional as well. At the end of our first session together, she was hopeful. She stated that she had felt a “release” during the treatment and although she could not really explain it, she knew that it was something she needed more of. When I saw her for her second session a week later, she told me that the pain she was experiencing in her legs had slightly improved but that also she was feeling mentally “lighter” and overall better. As we continued our weekly, or sometimes b-weekly sessions, there was an improvement in her MS symptoms. She was walking better, feeling less pain, but most importantly, she was not as stressed and anxious. She kept coming in for regular sessions and we were building on our work together with each treatment. The last time I saw her, she was miles and miles away from where she started and was very pleased with the improvement in her quality of life.

Patient Case #2 from Dr. Galina

A 79 year old woman came to see me after the death of her husband. He had passed away a few months before and she had a difficult time processing this loss, which also resulted in frequent headaches. She came for treatment almost every week. It was clearly very deep-seated grief and at first it was difficult to break through the wall that she built up in order to allow herself to get through every day. The longer she kept it up, the more difficult it would be for her to live her life fully. After a few sessions together, she finally let me in. By following her mind and body as it worked through the restrictions, I was able to guide energy to where healing needed to occur, both emotionally and physically. I only worked with her for a few months, but during that time she was able to get back to her “normal” self, whatever that meant to her. She started turning that grief into positive memories and both her sadness and her headaches lessened over time.