Finding balance with Craniosacral Therapy


Lori is a co-worker of mine. She runs Pause Massage Therapy out of my personal training studio. After I beat up my clients in a workout they go and see Lori’s therapists to feel good again.

The biggest complaint I get from Lori is the amount of noise I make when I am either working out myself or training a client. She says I am the one they mostly hear in the massage rooms. I guess her clients have a hard time trying to relax when I am grunting out reps in a workout or when I am singing to my clients during their training session. I don’t realize how much my voice carries in the studio. 

Lori has been with us for nearly five years now. Not only is she a great person who I look forward to seeing everyday at work, she is also very good at what she does. Enjoy her article.

During the past twelve years of my massage practice, I’ve treated a wide variety of clients with a great number of conditions and diseases. I have also suffered from chronic illness myself for many years. I realize now that during my first few years of practice I did not truly understand how much the mind, body and spirit are connected in each of us. But after going through my own journey of healing, and now assisting others on theirs, I do believe that there is never “true balance” in any of us, if we are not well in our minds, body and spirit alike.

After seeing my own Craniosacral therapist about four years ago, I soon learned how much of my chronic pain was attached to old emotional traumas. These therapy sessions showed me why my body held such negative patterns, and only then did I see many of my symptoms begin to dissipate. Not all conditions and diseases have emotional traumas attached to them, but it is so often the case that, when we don’t feel well emotionally, we often suffer physically, and vice versa. After four years of providing Craniosacral Therapy (CST), I see how, in the end, a “balance” is all we seek for optimum health and wellness, and clients will release as they need to, when they need to.

The concept of CST is perhaps unconventional and often difficult for people to wrap their head around. Believe me, I was originally skeptical about it too. But after working on a variety of clients, from newborns to even a few seniors (an 84 year old to be exact), I see client after client moving on, achieving far better health in all domains, mind, body and spirit. I witness how clients experience healing on the inside and out. In the end, it is really each person’s “inner physician” relaying information to the therapist to guide the healing process.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the physiological body system called the craniosacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, in turn improving the functioning of their overall health.

CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician Dr. John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983. Dr. Upledger’s CST techniques are taught all over the world to physicians, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and more.

The following are some of the medical conditions that CST is increasingly being used to treat:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Colic
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post Surgical Complications

To learn more about Craniosacral Therapy and to access interesting facts and articles, Google “The Upledger Institute,” or email me.

Lori Ellaschuk, RMT, CST

Lori graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Grant MacEwan College in 1999. She began her career working with two chiropractors for four years which she enjoyed very much, but due to a motocross injury, had to take some time off. At that time, she trained and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-A), but after a couple of years realized how much she missed doing massage. She then became owner of Pause Therapeutic Massage Inc., and now has five other talented therapists working for her. Lori has also has been instructing massage for the past four years at both Lakeland College and CDI.

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