CranioSacral Therapy is a profound form of healing, that is gentle, hands on and works with balancing the central nervous system. Most people find CST deeply relaxing and effective at reducing stress, enhancing overall health and alleviating a range of medical conditions associated with pain and dysfunction.
During a CranioSacral Therapy session Melissa will lightly touch and work with different areas of your body including the face, head, spine and pelvis. The clothes are left on throughout the process and the body is supported in a comfortable position with the aid of blankets and cushions on a raised table.
60 minute session $80
75 minute session $100
90 minute session $120
*If finances are an issue please contact Melissa for a reduced rate.
Includes talk time at the beginning and end of the healing session.
To book please email Melissa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you book in a health intake form will be emailed to you. Please fill this in and return before your appointment.
I completed CranioSacral Therapy I + II in Christchurch, through the Upledger Institute International, during 2009 and 2010, followed by SomatoEmotional Release I + II during 2018. I have been a teaching assistant for CST I in 2019 and 2020, and during February of 2020 I completed the Applications of SomatoEmotional Release Course in Christchurch. As of September 2021, I am proud to be a Certified CranioSacral Therapist! 2024 presents the opportunity to teacher assist CST II in Christchurch. I am grateful 🙏 💜
Further information on CST from the Upledger Institute’s brochure, as it explains it so well!
Why is CranioSacral Therapy so important?
CST is a light touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system – the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
You endure stresses and strains, and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten, and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system and nearly every other system in your body.
CST release those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using gentle touch, starting with about the weight of a 10 cent piece, practitioners evaluate for strain patterns. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.
By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CST has been shown to naturally reduce pain and stress, strengthen your resistance to disease, and enhance your health and well-being.
And because it’s so gentle, CST has been shown to be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
What conditions can CST help with?
It has been shown to help a full spectrum of pain and dysfunction, including:
- migraines and headaches
- chronic neck and back pain
- stress and tension-related disorders
- motor-coordination impairments
- infant and childhood disorders
- spinal cord injuries
- post-concussion symptoms
- chronic fatigue
- central nervous system disorders
- learning disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- orthopedic problems
- and many other conditions.
For more information on CranioSacral Therapy you can visit the Upledger Institute’s website.
“Melissa came highly recommended to me by my sister. I am healing a root canal naturally (my optimism that the body can self-heal is second-to-none) and discovered intense and consistent holding in my jaw, that I’d been living with so long, I’d lost awareness of it. From the first session, I knew her work was worth the 30 minute drive (each way). Melissa engaged with some extremely deep physical holding while cradling the emotions and memories associated with those old holding patterns. I always felt safe and respected and her work continued to unfold over the weeks following each sessions. For the better part of a year I travelled to her and it has been a very special experience. I have learned a lot from Melissa and overall, I am enjoying a lightness from years gone by. It goes without saying; I would recommend any seeker of healing, to book in with Melissa.”
~ Megan Barnacle, Christchurch
“At first I didn’t think anything was happening, then I started to feel warmth and tingling through different parts of the body. My big wins were the extra movement gained from one long term injury in my hip/leg and also a shoulder surgery. This movement has held on, unlike other treatments I have tried before where my body kept returning to it’s stiff old way of being. It has been a couple of months since my CST session with Melissa and I can say I still have the extra movement gained from Melissa’s expert hands. I would recommend this non-invasive way of healing. Have confidence and trust, just do it, you will be impressed!”
~ Leeanne Cummings, Rangiora
“I have been going to Melissa for the past 4 months for Craniosacral Therapy and have been absolutely blown away with the results. My body has been thanking me from the first treatment and is positively singing now! My legs are now moving freely, whereas before I was a bit knock kneed. My posture is better and I leave the CST session feeling connected: mind, body & soul. Melissa creates a warm, comfortable and cosy environment. It is a totally relaxing time and I have fallen asleep at some point in every session! I do not fully understand CST but I do know the results – they are fantastic! I would highly recommend just giving it a go and seeing the amazing results for yourself.”
~ Di Silverman
“Melissa emerged me into an hour of total relaxation as she carried out her gentle CST on me, I left feeling refreshed and grounded. In the following days I noticed that my legs and feet were no longer sore. I also found that my usual headaches have lessened. I would totally recommend Melissa and her CST as a gentle and non invasive treatment for pain or even just as a treat to enhance your general wellbeing”
~ Melinda Salisbury
“I’ve found CST to be beneficial for me with my back injury and subsequent arthritis. At first I was a bit doubtful, as I couldn’t see how such a simple procedure could work. However I have found that CST, in conjunction with the gentle Yoga movements Melissa has taught me, has made a significant difference in my daily life.”
~ Ann Rich