“If you listen to the patient, they will tell you what is wrong. If you listen even harder, they will tell you how to fix it!” - Oliver Titrud, DC. (1926-2013)
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on approach that involves “listening” with your fingers and your energy to the body’s subtle rhythms and any patterns of restriction, which can be felt and treated physically and energetically. The emphasis of this treatment is to encourage and enhance the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities by removing the obstacles to cure, allowing the body to do more of its own healing.
The effects of working with people using CranioSacral Therapy have been enhanced by my recent addition of an Amethyst Biomat which, when heated, emits healing far infrared rays and negative ions. Combining these two modalities brings tremendous health to the body.*
CranioSacral Therapy has its roots in osteopathic medicine from the early 1900’s. The craniosacral rhythm, or the “Breath of Life,” can be sensed through this light touch therapy. This rhythm comes from the flow of cerebrospinal fluid beginning in the 4th ventricle of the brain, looping around the spine and back again to the brain. Affecting this rhythm helps to balance the energy of the body from the inside out. As the energy from the practitioner’s hands interacts with the energy in the body, connective tissue becomes relaxed, allowing this energy to flow freely and releasing restrictions to the body’s extraordinary healing powers.
Practically speaking, relaxing music is playing as someone walks into my office. Calming essential oils provide instant relaxation. The person lies on their back on the massage table, taking off only their shoes. My assessment begins at the feet and shins, and follows anywhere from the sacrum and lower back to the cervical spine and head to any joints needing healing. The client experiences deeper and deeper relaxation, warming where the hands are placed, subtle fluttering in the tissues and releasing sensations, even releasing in other areas of the body not being worked on. Many people sleep (even snore!) and others have releases of emotions that were stored in the body. Most often, balanced is restored, pain is diminished, range of motion increases and relaxation is welcomed. Often I get …”I can’t believe that worked just with using your hands at such a light touch!” Or, “I don’t understand what you just did, but I don’t care. I feel so good!”
Examples of CranioSacral Therapy Use:Sports injuries to joints or bones, pulled muscles, car accidents (usually spinal injuries), head injuries, anxiety, stress, epilepsy, autism, ADD/ADHD, colic, effects of orthodontic braces, headaches, migraines, depression, anger, ailments to the organs and vertigo.
An Amethyst Biomatproduces high quality far infrared rays by means of super fiber and natural amethyst. The far infrared rays penetrate 6 inches into the body, benefiting muscles, blood vessels, lymph glands and nerves.
Many people experience lower than normal (98.6) body temperature, causing a decrease in enzymatic activity, metabolism and immune function. It has been shown that when the body temperature is decreased by ONE degree, the immune functions decrease by 36%, metabolism decreases by 12% and enzymatic reactions decrease by 50%. One hour on a Biomat three times per week has been shown to increase blood circulation, strengthen the cardiovascular system, burn calories, control weight, stabilize high or low blood pressure, improve dementia, help diabetes, improve healing of spinal injuries, heal wounds, and reduce stress and fatigue. It has also been shown to aid in the overall treatment of degenerative diseases, especially cancer.
Examples of Amethyst Biomat Use:Relief of pain from spinal disorders, improvement of epilepsy, hepatitis, rheumatism, headaches, chronic kidney inflammation, lumbago, sciatica, hypertension and insomnia, quicker healing of infections and improved imaging results for cancerous tumors.
“My life in the winter time means skiing 50+ hours per week with a backpack, patrolling the slopes. This takes a toll on my body, as every year at the end of the season I suffer from severe shoulder pain … did I mention both of my shoulders are separated? I searched the realm of Ellicottville for a remedy, but nothing seemed to work. I was introduced to Dr. Kristina Barlow and she prescribed CranioSacral Therapy. During the treatment I experienced a state of deep relaxation and wonderful healing. I was hesitant at first, but after just one session I literally felt 100% better. I am free from my chronic shoulder pain and can’t explain in words how grateful we are to have this Dr. in the house!” - Justin Latimer
“Cranio is like meditation for the deepest parts of your body. Muscle tension and emotional tension get magically melted away. It’s like nothing else and is one of my favorite experiences. If I could get it every day, I’d probably be a Zen master or a guru of some sort.” - J.
“My first time on the Biomat was during the acute phase of the flu. I used the mat for 3 hours and slept soundly. My fever and chills were gone and I slept like a baby that night. The infection only took 2 days to run its course.” - K.
“Stuff gets stuck in our cells and builds pressure. Stuff like stress and emotions that we don’t deal with, which we have all come to realize lead to disease. I love to walk in nature, listen to music, even just get alone and journal. But, there is nothing else like Kristina’s CranioSacral work for me. Tension that is impossible to let go of just “gets gone” with her touch. When I get back up after the treatment I am lighter, freer and way “brand newer.” If I won the lottery, I’d get it done every day!” - Julie Sergel.
“The CranioSacral therapy puts me right to sleep. It takes me into a deep relaxation and I feel great afterwards. I can feel the energy moving around. It’s quite the therapy!” - Zak Fisher.
“There is a kind of monkey trap used in Asia. A coconut is hallowed out and attached by a rope to a tree or stake in the ground. At the bottom of the coconut, a small slit is made and some sweet food is placed inside. The hole at the bottom is just big enough for the monkey to slide in his open hand, but does not allow for a closed fist to pass out. The monkey smells the sweets, reaches in with his hand to grasp the food and is then unable to withdraw it. The clenched fist won’t pass through the opening. When hunters come, the monkey becomes frantic but cannot get away. There is no one keeping the monkey captive, except the force of his own attachment. All that he has to do is open his hand. But so strong is the force of greed in the mind that it is a rare monkey who can let go. It is the desires and clinging in our own minds that keep us trapped. All we need to do is open our hands, let go of ourselves, or attachments, and be free.” - Author Unknown.
Many people absolutely love their experience with CranioSacral Therapy combined with the Amethyst Biomat, but some, on the other hand, seem to walk away unaffected. Often with energy medicines (homeopathy, reiki, biofeedback, the energy of herbs, etc.) or lifestyle modifications (diet, exercise, spirituality, relationships, career, honesty, etc.) there has to be openness in the heart and mind of the person experiencing the change. This means that courage needs to be ignited to overcome the fears that stepping out of your box instills.
“When you have walked to the edge of all the light that you know, and are about to step into the darkness of the unknown … Faith is believing that one of two things will happen … That there will be something solid to stand on … Or, you will be taught how to FLY!” - Author Unknown
*This information is NOT intended to “treat,” “cure,” “diagnose” nor be a substitute for the proper diagnostic assessments prescribed by your doctor. Naturopathic doctors are educated as general practitioners but are not PCPs, so please consult with your doctor. Refer to your own doctor, the M.D.s at Northtown Orthopedics in Ellicottville, 6133 Jefferson Street, 699-8224, or Dr. Douglas Schindler, D.C. (at the same location), 699-6372 (an excellent chiropractor!)