Here’s what should be in textbooks:
Your bones are not fixed, your brain is not a device, and your nerves are not hardwired. A healthy nervous system is one that moves.
And when we can identify what’s not moving, we’ve gotten closer to the root of the problem.
Hello and welcome to the new paradigm. You’ve researched nontraditional therapies. You’ve tried a few. Your symptoms get better, or they get worse, or both.
You know that something feels stuck. And you’d like to just get rid of it. Or at least make it predictable enough to schedule around. You have intense obligations and grand plans, and when you can’t show up for your very important people like you used to, it’s annoying.
I know the feeling.
I first got into this work because of my own lingering, treatment-resistant health issues. I saw such compelling results with Craniosacral Therapy that I was drawn to pursue it, and I’ve been investigating it ever since.
Over the past 7 years I’ve learned that the body has a clever way of holding on to past trauma. It seems counterintuitive, but the flexible structure of your body/mind/spirit is meant to create adaptions to your lifelong stresses and strains, even from birth. And it takes a remarkable amount of energy to maintain them.
Here’s where effective manual therapy, especially good Craniosacral Therapy, can help.
By (gently) helping you remove those obstacles, we allow your system to devote more attention to repair and optimal function.
When the system can move better, everything responds better.
“I slept better last night than I have in forever. I think you’re magic. Looking forward to next week. Thank you.” –Julia
What kinds of conditions can be helped by this work?
There’s a growing number of conditions that can be helped by using skilled Craniosacral Therapy. At the top would be headaches/migraines, chronic pain and TMJ problems. But there’s more.
I’m not going to list them all here, but I did make this chart to help illustrate why people usually come in to see me for Craniosacral Therapy.
Do you see yourself somewhere on this wheel? More or less? Then I’d venture to say you’re in the right place.
You’ll find more on my Craniosacral research page that contains:
- 17 research papers that established the mobility of cranial bones
- 12 recent studies that demonstrate clinical effectiveness in reducing pain and increasing quality of life
- 37 minutes of client stories and outcomes on video
Your body knows how to heal itself.
When you truly invest in this concept, I believe you’ll go far. And it’s not just for you… it’s for the people you serve, too.
Together we’re en route to this mutual goal. Like waves, one session builds upon another. We’re harnessing the great percentage of what’s already moving well in order to facilitate even the tiniest shift that’s needed. Sometimes the smallest act creates the biggest change.
“Hillary rocks! Her presence and tenderness are quite comforting and she created a safe space that empowered me to dig deep.” –Bre
What’s it like to work with me?
This is an excerpt from Richard Gelertner. When I saw him he had an acute spinal disc issue and couldn’t walk without sharp pain in his lower back:
“I consider Hillary’s treatment of this problem, beyond question, to have been a turning point in my recovery. I highly recommend both her specific discipline, and also her personal talent as a practitioner thereof.”
And here’s a note from a colleague of mine, Robyn Scherr, CMT, CST-D, from whom I received a lot of guidance:
“Hillary is a therapist I highly recommend. I felt supported and celebrated and seen and heard, and not once pushed or pulled or coerced. She stayed with me, and gently kept me on track. Hers is a table I’d leap on without hesitation.”
To read official testimonials from clients, you can visit the testimonials page.
Is this body work or energy work?
Yes to both. I’m licensed in Washington State as a Massage Therapist and I work with tissue, fluid, energy, all of it. As Dr. Upledger used to say, “Where does the body end and the mind begin?”
How often should I come in?
It depends! I encourage you to be curious about how your body responds to the initial treatment and to follow your internal timetable for continuation. Whether it’s a regular maintenance schedule or intensive craniosacral care around a short time period, the best treatment plan is when you decide what’s best for you.
What does it feel like?
It’s tough to describe what Craniosacral Therapy feels like because often it feels like accessing a place beyond words. Many people are surprised by the depth of relaxation they can reach so quickly. Some people feel like they’re falling asleep, but not quite. “Strange” sensations are quite normal. Of course not all sessions are alike, and feeling something is not a requisite for positive results, but those are a few ways to describe what a first experience might be like.
What to wear?
Wear what makes you comfortable. Preferably something that’s easy to move in, such as yoga‑type clothes. While this is a hands‑on therapy, you’ll remain completely clothed. I’ll ask you to remove shoes and jewelry before getting on the table. Please do not apply colognes or fragrances before you arrive.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my first session?
Under ideal conditions you’ll give yourself extra time to arrive and get settled in the waiting area beforehand. There’s a simple health history form to fill out which you may print and complete ahead of time. There’s a restroom available and water. When we meet we’ll discuss your specific goals, your progress, and how to get the most out of your therapy. I also recommend that you take extra time for yourself afterwards for reflection and re‑integration.
Any questions that weren’t addressed here?
Send a quick note and we can discuss ASAP.
Whether it’s persistent pain, stress, injury, or something else… I’m dedicated to helping you find another layer to explore. I look forward to working with you soon. .