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What is cranial sacral therapy?   
  by Soma Sexton on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cranial-sacral therapy is a gentle, yet powerful hands-on approach for restoring connectivity in the body. It is a holistic, soothing way to target pain, eliminate stress, and release “blockages” within cranial-sacral-based systems.

Using soft touch, no heavier than the weight of nickel (>5 grams), your Cranial-sacral therapist will note the state of the tissues in your central nervous system and release any detected blockages or restrictions. This will break up tension, enable connectivity between key systems, and inspire optimum health and performance. 

By normalizing the environment around your brain and your spinal cord in this way, Cranial-sacral thereby improves the body’s ability to self-correct, restore critical balance, fight pain, prevent and/or minimize disease, and address other types of discord that may exist.

Cranial-sacral therapy has its roots in osteopathy and was discovered by osteopathic physician Dr. William Sutherland (1873-1954). In his research, Sutherland uncovered the existence of movements or “rhythms” that initiated within the brain, traveled through the cranial sacral system to the sacrum, and throughout the tissues around the central nervous system. He concluded that these movements are the body’s innate life force, which he called the “Breath of Life.”

Sutherland’s discovery was further developed by another cranial-sacral pioneer, Dr. John Upledger (1932-2012), who was also a biomechanics professor at Michigan State University. 

Through his research and clinical testing, Upledger expanded upon the science behind this complementary therapy, growing its credibility worldwide. He also founded the Upledger Institute International, which remains a global leader in cranial-sacral resources and instruction today.

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Cranial Sacral Therapy Patient Reviews


After just several sessions, I noticed relief from my TMJ. I also experienced a new level of relaxation from the treatments and the refreshingly free, yet rare feeling that comes with letting go of anxiety and stress. Even if I had tried to hold on to stress and anxiety during a session, Soma's healing hands and intuitive healing have now led my body to do what it's really needed. The result? Greater peace and greater balance. She's amazing!  Katie Roberts, Hood River, OR



Soma's Cranial Sacral Therapy seems almost magical. Not only is she able to set me in a state of uttermost relaxation during her sessions, her methods are extremely effective.
How can a subtle touch heal anything? In my case, she was able to ``cure`` my reoccurring headache. I suffered years of feeling a constant pressure on the outside of my head, where conventional doctors tried recommending everything including MRI and serious painkillers.

She is knowledgeable, very professional and extremely attentive. She truly listens. I would highly recommend Soma to anybody searching for an unconventional therapist, deep long relaxing massage or an alternative to a handful of Ibuprofen....

Soma, I Love what you do!!!



I have had several Cranial Sacral Treatments with Soma in the past year. She has a very quiet, gentle touch which was especially calming. One of my sessions I was experiencing a lot of tension in my jaw from a previous Chiropractic adjustment. Soma was still in school and just so happened to be studying the jaw. About 24 hours after my session with her the tension subsided.

She is very passionate about her newly discovered calling and is excited to create a business for herself that encourages peace, gratitude and balance in her the world...and in the body. Why not start with ``the head first``.

Maryanne Hammer



To date I have had the pleasure of receiving the healing hands of Soma Peterson on three occasions for Cranial-Sacral therapy. Unfortunately, I can not say that I received these treatments for any specific reason or ailment. What I can say is this therapy is like nothing I have ever experienced. I know of nothing else that can bring about such relaxation, clarity of the mind and sense of well being. It seemed as though every nerve in my body and thought in my mind had been reset to a perfect state of calm. Soma has an energy, presence and touch that is nothing short of magical. ~ Kim