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CranioLand: Welcome to the Healing Power of You!

by Gretchen Belenchia

CranioLand: I don’t know if I coined the term or not, but I use it often to describe the wonderful space people enter when they receive CranioSacral Therapy.

I’ve been there many times while on the table – that in-between state of awake and asleep - a place where one can actually snore or involuntarily move and be completely aware of it while still not waking up.

As you may have noticed, you pass through this space yourself as you drift off to sleep. I believe this is a very powerful place where your mind can get out of the way and let your body’s healing wisdom take over for a while.

CranioSacral Therapy can maintain this in-between alpha state for quite some time. Some patients do indeed fall completely asleep, but some can stay in CranioLand for over an hour. This is a space is where you can take a step back from yourself, yet still be present.

CranioSacral Therapy is a beautiful modality that really showcases the body’s ability to heal itself. As Chinese Medicine practitioners, we use the principles and different types of therapies of TCM along with CranioSacral Therapy in our treatments.

This combination can create a powerful space for the patient to heal. As Cloud Gate practitioners, we believe that we are facilitators of healing.

We provide the space energetically, by balancing the body or releasing qi (chee) restrictions in the body through acupuncture, tuina, and craniosacral, but it is up to you to decide what you want to do with this space of balance and more freely-flowing qi.

If this sounds daunting and like a lot of work – well, it can be, if you only let your mind give input. But if you let your body take the lead for a time, it knows exactly what to do.

It will still be work, and you may feel tired after the treatment. But you will also feel better in a deeper place in your body. You also may not be sure quite what happened during the treatment, but the more bodywork treatments you receive, the more awareness you will gain.

CranioSacral Therapy is a great modality for headaches and migraines, jaw pain, insomnia, back and neck pain, digestive disturbances, male and female reproductive health, and upper chest restrictions effecting the heart and lungs. (This is the short list.)

If you haven’t had a CranioSacral Therapy treatment, I encourage you, wherever you are, to try it out. And if you’re in the Broomfield-Denver-Boulder area, contact us for more information on how CranioSacral and TCM treatments can open the gate to better health for you. We offer free, no-obligation 30-minute consultations if you would like to talk with us and see if we resonate with you.