Gentle Healing with Craniosacral Therapy Bodywork

Have you ever wanted to try Craniosacral Therapy but don’t know what to expect? This modality is quickly gaining popularity worldwide as we learn more about its healing power.

What is Craniosacral Therapy Massage?

PortlandMassageTherapyCraniosacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that works directly on the tissue surrounding the central nervous system to re-balance the body and clear up restrictions. This tissue is known as the craniosacral system, and is made up of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. The craniosacral system has its own rhythm, much like the heartbeat or the lungs’ breathing rhythm.  This rhythm can be felt throughout the body. Craniosacral practitioners use a series of gentle manual techniques to increase circulation and mobility within these systems, engaging the body’s own healing capacity and bringing the body back into balance. Most of the touch occurs on the head, neck, spine and pelvis.

What are the Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy is used as a health treatment to help build resistance to disease and to alleviate pain associated with the following:

  • Body pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional trauma
  • Headaches/migraines
  • TMJ
  • Pre and post- surgery recovery
  • Motor coordination impairments
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Postpartum symptoms
  • During pregnancy

What does it feel like?

PortlandMassageTherapyCraniosacralCraniosacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that does not hurt. The experiences and sensations that are felt during a treatment include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lengthening of the spine
  • More space in your head
  • Sense of peace
  • Deep relaxation
  • Expansion in body
  • Sleepiness or a sleep-like state
  • Pain dissipating or melting
  • Grounding or sinking into earth
  • Involuntary twitches
  • Relief from pain
  • Altered state of being
  • Decrease in tension

What does a first appointment look like?

  • Brief intake and face-to-face conversation about your health and reason for making the appointment.
  • A full assessment of the body through a serious of gentle manual craniosacral massage techniques mostly performed on the head, pelvis, and chest.
  • Lying on a massage table fully clothed or lightly clothed under a blanket and sheet for 50-60 minutes while the manual massage techniques are performed.
  • A brief post-treatment conversation and recommendation for follow-up appointments

How many appointments are necessary?

PortlandMassageTherapistThe number of appointments can vary depending on your health needs. It can vary from 1 -3 appointments initially and then follow-up appointments as needed. It is best to make 1-2 appointments a week apart in the beginning of your treatment plan.

How long has Craniosacral Therapy been around?

Craniosacral Therapy dates back to the early 1900s when William Sutherland, an osteopathic physician, discovered that the bones of the head move. In 1970, another osteopathic physician, John Upledger, witnessed a rhythmic movement of the craniosacral system during a spinal surgery. He then created the Upledger Institute to teach practitioners about Craniosacral Therapy.

Are Licensed Massage Therapists the Only Practitioners that Do This?

Craniosacral Therapy is gaining popularity as a healing modality and more types of practitioners are seeking training in it. It was first popular with Osteopathic Doctors and over time has become widely used in both alternative and allopathic medicine.

It is practiced by a variety of health care providers including but not limited to:

1. Massage therapists
2. Acupuncturists
3. Chiropractic Doctors
4. Osteopathic Doctors
5. Naturopathic Doctors

If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping, body pain, or simply want to try Craniosacral for the first time, consider scheduling your first appointment today.


PortlandMassageTherapistTalula Kana, LMT is a Craniosacral Therapy practitioner at Heart Spring Health. She is level II certified in Craniosacral Therapy and offers her clients an intuitive and caring approach to this work. For the last 3 years Portland Monthly magazine has selected Talula as one of Portland’s top Complementary Medicine providers. Talula is passionate about the work she does and loves to share her knowledge and understanding of the body, mind and spirit connection. 

Call 503-956-9396 to schedule a Craniosacral Therapy appointment with Talula Kana at Heart Spring Health’s natural medicine clinic. For more information visit




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