CranioSacral Therapy (CST), NeuroMeningeal Therapy (NMT) and Visceral Mobilization (VM) are treatment modalities that your therapist may chose to utilize during your treatments at Shine, as almost anyone, from newborns to seniors, can benefit from it. CST and NMT are gentle yet powerful methods of detecting and correcting the alignment and function of the nervous system and surrounding tissues while VM works with the internal organs and their surrounding tissues. All three approaches seek to improve the alignment, symmetry and mobility of these systems. The delicate balance of these complex systems can be compromised by trauma, surgery, postural compensations, infections and even minor injuries. Dysfunctions in these systems can create a cascade of negative effects anywhere in the body that may even present years after the initial event. 

CST, NMT and VM sessions at Shine take place in a quiet, private setting and can last as little as a few minutes or up to an hour. The client remains clothed or respectfully draped while comfortably resting on a treatment table. By carefully palpating (or "listening") with the hands to feel for tissue alignment and motion restrictions, we trace an imbalance to the original source of dysfunction. Gentle, firm and specific manual techniques are then used to release and rebalance that area. CST, NMT and VM do not take the place of empowering movement, breath, and postural retraining, so these manual therapies are always used in combination with movement education to create the most healing outcomes for our clients. What you experience during your own session is highly individualized and based on your body's unique response to each technique. Clients generally leave feeling more relaxed, aligned and present in their bodies. By releasing tensions in these systems, the body is better able to heal and make intuitive self-corrections even weeks after the conclusion of the treatment. 

Individual's with the following symptoms tend to respond very well to CST, NMT and VM: headaches, migraines, clenching and jaw dysfunction (TMD), tension, sinus pressure, tinnitus, vertigo, and spinal impairments (including herniated disc, whiplash and muscle strains). In addition, orthopedic injuries including chronic spinal pain, painful menstruation, gastrointestinal dysfunction, and breathing impairments respond very well to these techniques.