Karen L. Jaeger P.T.
2701 International Lane
Madison, WI 53704
You should wear comfortable loose fitting clothes. You will only remove shoes, glasses, contacts, dentures and large jewelry. Usually you lie on your back on the treatment table, but may be in other positions.
Children sometimes aren't able to lie still for the full 30 to 60 minute session without distractions like toys, story tapes, snacks and chances to sit up and otherwise move around. As a pediatric physical therapist, I move with the child and maintain the craniosacral therapy process.
There are many different responses to craniosacral therapy and each session can be different from the next. Sometimes you might feel little or nothing. Other times you might have increased awareness of body sensations and a sense of changes happening in the body, such as unusual tactile sensations, increased deep breathing, increased bowel sounds, increased urge to drink water, talk, or express feelings. And then other times, you might go into a state of deep relaxation, seeming to fall asleep or actually falling asleep.
The therapist will sometimes ask you questions during the therapy session, like "What's happening with you, what are you feeling or what are you thinking." Your focus on what is happening can assist in allowing your body to make the changes your body wants to make.
The kinds of changes we see during a craniosacral therapy session include a number of different things. One that occurs is the opening of the energetic pathways we call meridians much as is done in acupuncture. Another change is release of tension and stored stress. Sometimes the patient experiences this as a relief and other times there is a temporary heightened sense of what the stress is such as, to name a few, anxiety, frustration, sadness, or pain. We call this somatoemotional release. Another occurrence is softening and relaxation of connective tissue. This can be experienced as heat and tingling as blood and other fluids return to areas that have not had adequate hydration and nutrition. It can also be expressed as increased mobility, or a feeling of greater relaxation and well being. And finally, but very importantly, there is an increased sense of vitality, hopefulness and interest in being more fully engaged in what life has to offer.