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CranioSacral Therapy works with the entire body, can address a wide range of difficulties, and is ideally suited to work with challenges involving the central nervous system, especially the cranial nerves.

People see me for:

Concussion / TBI recovery
Headaches
Cognitive function – concentration, memory, learning challenges
Visual processing dysfunction, Light sensitivity
Vertigo / BPPV , Tinnitus, Auditory Distortions
Swallowing difficulties, airway dysfunction
Neck pain / stiffness, Whiplash recovery
Stress / tension related problems
Acute injuries  – pain, swelling, inflammation
Chronic issues – pain, inflammation, fatigue
Vagus nerve issues – “high alert”, digestion / elimination
Low back pain and injury, Sciatic Nerve pain,
Those mysterious or nagging things you’ve tried “everything else” for…

The work is ideal for encouraging release of abnormal tensions, creating more “room” for your body structures on a micro to macro level, and promoting optimal fluid, energy and information flow. Because the work is so gentle, it does not tend to trigger the body’s defense mechanisms; we can work very specifically and very deeply with hard-to-access and even quite vulnerable structures. Risk is minimal. Results can be subtle… or quite dramatic.” – Karen Russell

How can I know whether CST can help me?

Schedule a 15-minute consultation and we’ll explore what’s possible so you can decide what’s best for you. Free. No obligation. In clinic or by phone.


What is a CranioSacral Therapy session like?

Kate Mackinnon, a colleague who practices in the Bay Area, does an excellent job explaining the basics of CST and what a typical session may be like. Different CranioSacral therapists will practice differently, depending on their background, specific training, and even personality.

I’ve spoken with Kate, am very familiar with her approach to treatment, and know that our training and style of practice are similar. What she presents here will give you a good idea of what to expect when you come in to see me.


CST is so gentle; how will I know if the work is having any effect?

The work is subtle, but the effects can be quite noticeable and symptoms often resolve very quickly. Because cranial work is so gentle, we can work with tissues which otherwise might be too vulnerable or difficult to reach. Many times people feel immediate relief, saying they feel “more space”, more relaxed, or simply that “something’s” different or better – even if they can’t quite put into words precisely what has changed.

The way we assess the health of the tissues and decide where to work is ideal for leading us to the source of difficulties, rather than simply addressing the symptoms it produces. By improving conditions at the source of the dysfunction “upstream”, any associated symptoms tend to resolve themselves “downstream”. – Karen


How often would I need to come in?

I get asked this all the time. As you may have guessed, there is no single “right” answer to this question. Everything depends on how your body processes the input from the sessions and that is influenced by many factors. Still… I have noticed some things in my 15+ years of practice and, based on those observations:

How often should I see Karen Russell for Craniosacral Therapy?

If you are coming in with hopes of seeing marked improvement for a particular issue, I would suggest:

Scheduling a block of 4 sessions within a 6 week time period.

This might seem like a lot,  but doing this serves several purposes:

  1. it gives you a chance to see some results in a short period of time
  2. it allows you to build some momentum with the consistent care
  3. it gives you enough time, input, and experience to decide whether you feel this is the right approach for you at this time.
  4. You get a really great discount that way. 🙂

After that, people tend to schedule with “as needed” timing. When something crops up, they make an appointment to address that specific need.

If you have NEVER had CranioSacral work before and just want to see what it is like, schedule a single appointment. Often you can feel a lot… and tell a lot… from just that initial session. You’ll be in a good position then to know how to proceed.

One other thing to consider:
Many, particularly those with long-term chronic concerns, look at their CST sessions as “preventive maintenance” and find that scheduling on a regular basis (once every 3-6 weeks) works really well for them.


Want to learn more about CranioSacral Therapy?

I’ve posted some more in-depth information for those of you who like to dive in. Click here to learn more.

Karen C. Russell , LMT – Bellingham WA – Cascade CranioSacral Therapy

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