Craniosacral & Gua sha Facial

Craniosacral & Gua sha Facial

What is craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a drug-less, non-invasive, type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum. This can soothe pain, reduce stress and relieve tension. As a result, cranial mobility is restored and nerves are free from restriction. 

What is a gua sha facial?

A gua sha tool is a smooth stone that is used to glide along the skin to relax tense muscles, encourage blood flow, and stimulate the lymphatic system. A gua sha facial offers results in skin healing, pain relief, and subtle face changes/ face sculpting. 

How does it work?

Recovery is just as important as performance. Cranio-sacral therapy engages the nervous system to dialogue from an overstimulated/dysregulated state to a calm/restful state. Using cranio-sacral techniques, it takes on average 30 minutes for the body to go from a sympathetic state (fight or flight/freeze) to a parasympathetic state (rest & digest). Gua sha massages the muscles of the face, scalp, and neck to integrate this relaxed state. 30 minutes of gua sha will increase nutritious blood flow and release tension. This treatment is best for you if you want to focus on mental well-being, promote skin healing, release stress tension in the neck, jaw, and face, and return to feeling like yourself from the inside out.

Who can benefit from Craniosacral Therapy and Gua Sha Facial?

Anyone can benefit from craniosacral therapy and gua sha facials. However, those who experience brain aneurysms, meningitis, or acute severe infections should consult with their doctor prior to treatment. For botox or fillers, Gua sha facial is not recommended until 2 weeks after injections.

It may be apart of your treatment for conditions like:

  • Migraines and headaches

  • Mental well-being 

  • Constipation 

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 

  • Disturbed sleep cycles and insomnia 

  • Scoliosis 

  • Sinus infections 

  • Neck pain 

  • Fibromyalgia 


  • Trauma recovery, including trauma from whiplash

  • Mood disorders like anxiety or depression

  • Difficult pregnancies 

  • Reproductive health 

  • Face surgery / dental procedure rehabilitation

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Allowing the body to self-heal without medicine


The aim of a Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is to optimize the self-healing mechanisms of the body.

The frequency of treatments is based on the initial assessment and treatment. The decision on how often you will need treatment is based on allowing enough time between visits to allow your body to integrate the changes that occur from one treatment to the next.

While very often being used to treat back pain, osteopathic treatment is effective in a wide variety of health complaints. Osteopathy has been successful in treating the following:

  • Acute or Chronic Pain
  • Digestive Problems
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Respiratory Difficulties
  • Postural Problems

It can also successfully treat migraines, dysmenorrheal, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, vertigo, pain and diseases.

Osteopathy is an established recognized system of healthcare which relies on manual contact for assessment and treatment. It integrates the whole body, including the mind with emphasis on allowing the body’s intrinsic tendency for self-healing without pharmacological use.

Osteopathy views a person as a single unit comprised of body, mind, and spirit. In the osteopathic perspective, one needs to treat the whole person. Instead of viewing the body as a machine, osteopathy looks at pain as the result of complex interactions between physical factors as well as psychological and social factors, also referred to as the “biopsychosocial” approach. The perception of pain is not merely a response to physical injury, but is also related to the patient’s own emotional framework as well as their physical and social environments.

An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner works to build a trusting relationship with their patient to help understand if there are other non-physical factors that could be contributing to their chronic pain condition. This allows the practitioner to develop a more comprehensive pain management and reduction plan to help their patient find relief.