Job Title: Craniosacral Therapist
Education: BA in Psychology, Hamilton College MEd in Elementary Education, UMass boston
Previous Experience: I worked as an elementary school teacher for nine years, worked as a yoga teacher for five years, then I became more interested in health and healing and the mind/body/spirit connection and began studying craniosacral therapy.
Job Tasks: Craniosacral therapy is a light touch approach that create a sense of peacefulness, relaxation, and grounding. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole body performance.
A typical craniosacral session takes place in a quiet, private setting. The client remains fully clothed and reclines on a massage table. The therapist begins by gently touching the client's body to monitor the rhythm of the craniosacral fluid, the fluid which flows in the spine. Where there is tension in the body, the craniosacral rhythm will be weak. The therapist goes to that part of the body and with a gentle touch releases the fascial tissue. By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, the therapist can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system. A craniosacral session is usually and hour or a bit longer.
Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only hankdle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. This can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system of your body. Craniosacral therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, craniosacral therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I enjoy it and it helps people. My job is very rewarding in that it does change people's lives and makes them feel so much better and healthier. Also, I love doing my job. It is relaxing and I get to be in the present moment. I work one-on-one with people, and I like that too. I don't like a lot of noise or distractions.
The worst part of my job is that it is not always easy to fill all my time slots with clients. I know that this will improve with time. It is a new business that I have started, and all businesses. take time to get going and profitable.
Job Tips: You need to be patient and trust that clients will come to you. Also, you need to be able to focus and be in the present moment to do this job well. Your mind should be focused on the client, not distracted by your thoughts. In additon, you need to be a grounded person to do this job. If you have not worked through your own emotional issues, it will be hard for you to help other people.
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