CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands -on technique, pioneered by Dr. John E. Upledger.

Though named for the bones, the cranium and the sacrum, the craniosacral system consists of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord, and the fluid that nourishes and protects these.

The membrane (known as the dura) attaches inside the skull, around the opening at the base of the skull and is continuous to the tailbone.  The cerebral spinal fluid within the dura is produced and reabsorbed through the system creating a “pulse” or craniosacral rhythm of 6-12 cycles per minute.  The craniosacral rhythm is distinct from the cardiac pulse or respiratory rhythm and can be felt throughout the body. 

Assessing the craniosacral rhythm, how strong it is, how it feels from one side of the body to the other, enables a CranioSacral Therapist to pinpoint where restrictions are in the body. Using this evaluation tool, the therapist is better able to address the core of an issue rather than solely the symptoms.

The CranioSacral system is accessed and treated using the bones and connective tissue around it. An imbalance at the core of the system can telegraph to the more superficial tissues, and injury or trauma in the bones and tissues can create dysfunction in the CranioSacral system.

The process of CranioSacral Therapy works to bring balance back to the whole system. Releasing chronic tension patterns and enhancing fluid motility allows the body’s own healing mechanisms to operate more effectively.

A CST session is performed with the client fully clothed, lying on a comfortable massage table.

Safe and effective for infants, children and adults, CST can be useful in addressing many conditions including:

ϖChronic pain

ϖHeadaches

ϖFibromyalgia

ϖChronic Fatigue

ϖTMJ

ϖRheumatic conditions

ϖPost-Traumatic Stress disorder

ϖADD/ADHD

ϖScoliosis

Acupuncture

Having evolved over thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the oldest continually practiced medical modalities in the world. A treatment involves the insertion and manipulation of flexible, hair-thin needles at specific points along the body's meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free way to promote the body's remarkable self-healing abilities. It is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve overall health and wellness.

CranioSacral Therapy

Massage

Therapeutic massage can relax the body and mind allowing the opportunity to release emotional, mental, and physical restrictions that can build up over a lifetime.  Manipulation of the musculature allows the muscles to breathe again, re-oxygenating the tissue so the blood, lymph, water, and cerebral-spinal fluid can move more efficiently and support its environment as it is supposed to.  Massage may be helpful for many conditions including:  arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel, headaches, TMJ, bronchitis, depression, insomnia, myofascial pain, sports injuries, and scar tissue. 

 

EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy

Lynda Sowbel is a clinical social worker, with a doctorate in social work, and is a Board Certified Diplomate.

   

She has been in practice and provided licensing supervision for new professionals for over twenty years in Frederick, seeing individuals, families, and couples.

  

She specializes in working with adults who are struggling with childhood issues,GLBT issues, bereavement and grief, relationship issues, anxiety,chronic illness, stress and life transitions. 

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Offering Multiple Paths to Wellness – Customized based on need or preference.  We build success by meeting you where you are with your medical nutrition needs.  Issues addressed include Eating Disorders - with emphasis on Obesity and Binge Eating; proper use of supplementation; dealing with a Dual-diagnosis or Multiple Chronic Diseases.  The latest peer-reviewed, evidence-based research is complemented by a compassionate approach.

Rolfing

Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.


Therapeutic Skin Care


Yoga