Here are some descriptions of some of the modalities offered at Leaning Cedar Therapy. Not all Therapists and Bodyworkers are trained in the same techniques, so please check if you are unsure, that you are booked in with the correct person.

What are Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Fascial Release and how can they help you?

Cranial Sacral Therapy is a non-invasive, light touch modality that is based on the movements and structures of the cranium, spinal cord, sacrum, cerebrospinal fluid and the connecting membranes. With CST, the practitioner feels for the Cranial Rhythmic Impulse and waits for the body to use its own healing ability to move into a harmonious state. Essentially, we are ‘holding space’ for the body to release stored emotions, adhesions and imbalances that it no longer needs. CST is safe for all ages and can treat a variety of different conditions including but not limited to immunity and general health to hip, neck and/or back pain, migraines, depression, and emotional issues and can even get as specific as conditions like Bell’s Palsy. Some clients experience emotional releases as well as physical releases as the body unwinds the restrictions, which leaves the body feeling lighter, more balanced and at ease.

Visceral Manipulation is a technique specific to the organs within the body. Each organ has a job important to our homeostasis, or internal balance, and when not functioning properly or in dis-harmony, can create pain and discomfort to the specific area or in other parts of the body. By ‘feeling’ the condition of the organ the therapist can encourage improvement to its movement and function, releasing the discomfort and freeing the client from pain. Many conditions can be treated such as digestive issues, support to the liver following major medical treatments like Chemotherapy, urinary incontinence, adrenal depletion and many more! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ holds a positive and negative emotion. When these are not in balance a person may feel that emotion more than usual. Visceral Manipulation can also help release the emotion the body no longer needs and bring harmony to the client again.

Fascial Release involves the entire body as one large envelope of connective tissue that surrounds, encloses and supports all its parts. Incorporating Fascial Release to the treatment helps approach each session from all angles of the restriction that the body is holding.

Each treatment with me is completely specific to each client at that moment. The release can be extremely subtle to quite emotional, but is usually quite profound with very little pressure.

Acupuncture: What is it and how can it help you?

Ancient Medical Wisdom in the Modern World
Despite being thousands of years old, the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to be an effective and practical method of treating illness. Chinese theory explains an energy of the body known as Qi (pronounced “chee”), which flows throughout the body in distinct pathways or meridians. Each meridian shares its energy with a specific organ of the body thereby creating an energy system. For the body to function efficiently both Qi and blood must be in sufficient supply and flow evenly through each of these organ systems. If an imbalance occurs acupuncture provides a means of regulating the flow of Qi and blood thereby re-establishing a balance of energy.

While initially shrouded in mystique, there is now mounting scientific evidence of the effect acupuncture has on the biochemistry of the body. Studies have demonstrated both physical evidence of these energy pathways and a probable biochemical mechanism by which acupuncture works. Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, natural morphine-like hormones in the body that help relieve pain, promote relaxation and aid the body in restoring its natural healing abilities. Acupuncture uses very fine gauge sterile disposable needles.

Due to its ability to balance and regulate body function, acupuncture is a valuable treatment for a wide variety of conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as being an effective treatment for both acute and chronic medical problems involving the digestive, respiratory, neurological, reproductive and musculoskeletal systems, as well as for conditions such as headaches, insomnia and addictions.