How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments necessary varies greatly depending on the severity of the condition and how chronic it’s been for you. Typically speaking, the longer you’ve had something and the more severe it is, the longer it’s going to take to improve. For most clients, I recommend starting with a series of 6-8 weekly treatments (sometimes twice a week to start) to allow time for the therapy to work and your body to heal. After that initial series, we reassess and if you’ve improved enough we move to every other week. Then every third, etc. Those who opt to supplement with the recommended lifestyle and self-care will get better faster. The goal is to get you to a point where your primary complaints have resolved, where we then move onto a once-a-month ‘tune-up’ for your treatments and long term wellness plan with the self-care.
How often will I need to come?
It depends on how acute the symptoms are and the severity of your condition. If you rate your condition at a 8/10, 9/10 or 10/10 (with 10 being the worst), then I’ll recommend that you come twice a week. If you rate your condition as a 7/10 or below, then most likely once a week. The goal is to get enough improvement during a treatment series that upon reassessment, you’ll be able to come less frequently.
How long will I need to come?
It depends on far you want to take it… how good you want to feel… how healthy you want to be. Some people come in with pain, for example, and just want to feel good enough to do a certain activity again- pick up the kids, play golf or tennis, ect. Others are interested in a complete overhaul and view craniosacral therapy as more of a long-term part of their healthcare. For most people, I recommend after their chief complaints have improved, that they continue to come in once a month for a tune-up as part of their self-care regimen. Those who do feel more balanced emotionally, have more energy, better digestion, improved sleep, don’t get sick as often, etc.
How long is each visit?
New client appointments are 75 minutes and follow-up appointments are about 60 minutes. I leave 90 minutes for each initial visit just in case it’s needed.
If your concerns are more chronic or I feel your body needs more time to make changes at the beginning, I may recommend scheduling 90 minute sessions as follow-ups until we see a significant shift in how you feel. If you’re traveling a distance, I recommend a 1.5 hour session for optimal treatment.
Do I need to do anything in preparation for my first visit?
Make sure you arrive on time so that you can get the most out of your appointment. You’ll receive a digital intake form prior to your session to submit so you don’t have to remember to bring paperwork. For craniosacral therapy, it’s good to have some food in your belly (but not overly full), refrain from wearing fragrance (as many people are sensitive), and wear loose and comfortable clothing with easy access to your neck.
Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance. Due to the limitations of being a solo practitioner with very limited support staff, I am unable to respond to any requests from insurance companies for records, receipts, forms or reports. I value my time and my clients and find my skills are most beneficial helping clients to feel better. If insurance is a major priority for you, I recommend researching licensed physical therapists or chiropractors that take your insurance and are certified in this work and offer it as a component of their care.
When will I notice improvement?
Many notice right after the first treatment. For others, it takes a few. I find almost everyone finds their stride after the third treatment. For true shifts, I usually recommend 5 or 6 sessions.
Are there any side effects?
It’s very rare to have a reaction, but if someone is releasing a lot of trauma or shock (say from surgery and anesthesia or an emotionally stressful event or accident), they may feel a temporary increase in discomfort within the first 48 hours, or say they “feel off” for a little while after. The body is adjusting. I’ve had some clients say that the areas we worked on felt tender the next day, like they had deep tissue done in that area. That’s most likely the effects of myofascial release. :) Positive ‘side effects’ may include: emotional balance, increased energy, weight loss, improved sleep, less pain.
Do you work with kids?
Yes! Children of all ages can benefit from this gentle, non-invasive essential healing session. Your child will enjoy a calmness and greater focus which will enhance integrated sensory proficiencies. Sessions take place in a quiet setting with the child resting on a treatment table or engaged in play while the child’s parent is present.
Childhood conditions that may be relieved through craniosacral treatments include:
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic ear infections
- Speech Disorders
- A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.
- Impaired Immune System
- Reflux and Digestive Disorders
- Sensory, motor or neurological disabilities
Concussive symptoms such as:
- Headaches or migraines
Body aches and pain
Vomiting and nausea
Inability to concentrate
Behavioral issues and more
Do you work with teens?
Yes! I’m passionate about helping teenage girls begin their reproductive life in a healthy, safe, empowered way, and support and encourage them to adopt self-care habits that will last them for a lifetime. I create a welcoming space where teenage girls can feel comfortable discussing their changing bodies while learning how to stay healthy and happy.
I use craniosacral therapy as well as acupressure, yoga, lifestyle modifications, and essential oils to offer solutions to the many and various issues faced by teenagers, including:
- Digestive Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Irregular Cycles
- Painful Periods
- Sports Injuries and Stress
Is craniosacral therapy right for me?
This approach to wellness will resonate with you if:
You believe in the importance of taking care of yourself.
You value your health and want to feel your best.
You're interested in an alternative to medication.
You're aware that the physical and emotional aspects of your well-being need an equal amount of care.
You care about getting to the source of your problem so that you can address it at the root.
You believe that diet and lifestyle contribute to physical and emotional health.
You know that life is precious and understand that it’s up to you to take a stand for yourself.
You feel it's totally worth it to invest in excellent self-care.
You're passionate about your physical health as a vehicle for emotional and spiritual growth.