Richard Popp

CranioSacral Therapy & Alternative Healing

 

CranioSacral Therapy 

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is an exceptionally safe and gentle form of bodywork using a very light touch to encourage your body and central nervous system to balance and heal itself.  Your central nervous system controls all of your other body systems including respiratory, cardiac, and digestive systems.  

The CranioSacral System

The craniosacral system is at the core of your central nervous system.  It includes cerebrospinal fluid and tissue which surround your brain, spinal cord and sacrum (tailbone).  This fluid moves and is used to protect, nourish and remove waste from your brain and spinal cord. 

How does CranioSacral Therapy work?  

The CranioSacral Therapist is trained to tune into your  craniosacral rhythm to feel obstructions and restrictions in your body which affect the quality and symmetry of the craniosacral rhythm. 

Corrections can then be made by gentle traction, holding and encouraging tissues to release tension, thus allowing the body to correct itself.  Other bodywork modalities may also be incorporated to help facilitate a release. 

History of Cranial Therapy

In the early 1900’s, Dr. William G. Sutherland discovered the craniosacral system in the human body.  He developed a system of examination and treatment called Cranial Osteopathy.

In 1975, Dr. John E. Upledger led a team of researchers to further study the craniosacral system.  He incorporated and refined Dr. Sutherland’s techniques developing his own protocol for evaluation and treatment.  In 1985, he founded the Upledger Institute, INC.® which is a health resource center located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and is recognized worldwide for its therapeutic services, clinical research and educational programs.      

Dr. John Upledger's Discussion on CranioSacral Therapy:

"One can travel from the most peripheral aspects of the body to its core without ever leaving fascial tissue: hence, it is clear that restrictions in normal fascial mobility anywhere in the body can compromise the functioning of the craniosacral system...

Quite often, abnormal tension from the peripheral fascias ...(can) not only impair the function of the craniosacral system but may often contribute to the development of facilitated spinal cord segments that ultimately devitalize segmentally related viscera.  This, in turn, can create neuromusculoskeletal problems that self-perpetuate.

In CranioSacral Therapy, the practitioner continually evaluates the craniosacral system and all body fascias, searching for areas of compromised mobility.  This ongoing search allows the therapist to assess the degree of free mobility that may or may not be present.  It also involves a whole-body evaluation of energy patterns and cysts.  Once such abnormal patterns are located, the therapist may eclectically employ any and all techniques that may be useful in re-establishing optimal freedom of motion to any restricted areas that are found...

It is my belief that motion is health, and statis results in disease.  Such motion can range from the movement of interstitial fluids and transmembrane ionic and molecular transport, to gross joint motion and even energy flow.  It is the CranioSacral Therapist's job to continually work towards restoring freedom of motion to all body tissues.  In this way, the therapist makes wise use of body tissues to naturally restore health and inner balance." *

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SomatoEmotional Release®

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that helps rid the body of physical and emotional trauma. 

Dr. Upledger and biophysicist Zvi Karni, Ph.D. discovered that the body sometimes retains traumas by isolating them in the body.  These areas of accumulated trauma, called  “energy cysts,” inhibit normal energy flow.

The body has to work harder around these areas and over time symptoms may develop.  SER works to locate and free the body of energy cysts.  For example: the body may need to move into the same position it was in when the trauma was first induced in order to release the energy cyst and restore tissue mobility and function. 

Lisa Upledger, D.C. releasing energy cyst in shoulder

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Dr. John Upledger's Discussion on Energy Cysts:

"Energy cysts are essentially regions of foreign energy that are disorganized, obstructing the normal conduction of microelectric currents through these regions.  These disorganized energies may be thought of as entropic.  They are usually from nonphysiological sources such as external trauma, pathogenic organisms or severe emotional shock.  The body, unable to discharge these foreign energies, alternatively minimizes their effects by compressing them into the smallest possible volume.  The CranioSacral Therapist's goal is to discharge all discovered energy cysts." *

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Other Healing Modalities

Brain Curriculum:  Techniques used to improve proper functionality of brain and central nervous system.  It is effective for releasing brain trauma from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lymph Drainage Therapy:  Light touch techniques used to enhance lymphatic circulation.  Effective in helping tight muscles to release.  Lymph Drainage Therapy is also helpful for wrinkles because it:  removes toxins, regenerates skin tissue, re-oxygenates the skin, alleviates edema, relaxes facial muscles and tonifies the skin.

Visceral Manipulation:  Techniques designed to release  abnormal tension around organs to help restore proper  function.  Has been effective for incontinence (leaky bladder), hiatial hernias and acid reflux.

Energy Healing:  Effective for releasing stored trauma and accelerate healing. 

Bodywork Techniques:  Various bodywork techniques used to release tight, neck, shoulders, hips, TMJ muscles and lower back issues.

What to expect during a CranioSacral Session.

Clients remain fully clothed and recline on a massage table.  It is recommended to wear loose and comfortable clothing.

The therapist will use a light touch to evaluate and treat.  Individual experiences will vary.  You may feel sensations of tissue releasing or you may get deeply relaxed and fall asleep.

Improvements may be felt immediately or gradually over time as your system rebalances. 

Some Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy: 

Brain Disorders, Alzheimer's, Autism, Dementia, Parkinson's

Brain Trauma via Football, Hockey, Soccer, War, etc...

Car and Accident Trauma

Central Nervous System Disorders

Clears Chemicals and Toxins from Brain and Body.

Opens Clogged Ears and Sinuses

Depression and Postpartum Depression

Ear and Hearing Problems

Emotional Difficulties

Eye and Vision Problems

Fibromyalgia

Head, Neck and Body Pain

Headaches and Migraines

Strengthens Immune System

Detox Liver

Personality Changes

Post-Surgery Dysfunction

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD

Sciatica

Stress, Lowers Cortisol 

TMJ (jaw pain ) and Tight Jaw Muscles

Vertigo

And Many Others ...

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CranioSacral Therapy for Babies and Infants

Birth is not an easy process on the baby whether it's an "easy" delivery or not.  Restrictions induced in the body may later manifest into problems such as: learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, ear infections and many other issues.

CranioSacral Therapy is well suited for infants because it is such a light touch therapy and non-invasive to the baby's sensitive body.  The therapy is designed to find and gently release restrictions so the body can self-correct itself. 

Releasing restrictions in the cranium and body will allow better flow of cerebrospinal fluid, blood and nutrients to areas that may have been malfunctioning, allowing the central nervous system and body to heal. 

The younger the child the more rapid the corrections.   

Some Issues CranioSacral Therapy is Beneficial for Babies and Infants: 

Abnormal Fears

Aphasias

Attention Deficit Disorder

Autism

Birth Trauma     

Bowel Problems

Chronic Otitis

Colic

Difficulties in Ears Draining

Dyslexia

Erb's Palsy

Excessive Crying

Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome

Hearing Problems

Hydrocephalus  

Hyperkinetic Behavior 

Klumpke's Palsy

Learning Disabilities Problems

Motor-Coordination Difficulties

Pylorospasm

Seizures

Sensory Processing Issues

Social Skills

Spasticity

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Sleeping Problems

Speech Problems

Strabismus

Torticollis

Vomiting

And Many Others ...

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For Fees and Locations click here:  Contact Info.

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To learn more about Dr. John Upledger, CranioSacral Therapy,  and the Upledger Institute, INC.® visit Upledger's web site:    Upledger                   

 

John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.

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U.S. Government Studies on CranioSacral Therapy:

U.S. CST Studies

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Articles on the Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy:

Articles

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U.S. Government Studies on Massage Therapy:

U.S. MT Studies  

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Richard Popp has been Upledger Certified since 1999.

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*  'Massage Today' March 2004, Volume 4, Number 3, Page 21.

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