Friday, February 12, 2016



The longest running game show ever (according to Wikipedia) was the original “What’s My Line?” where experts guess the contestant’s profession. Of course, the contestant was chosen for his or her “distinctive” (read: obscure) profession. If the experts didn’t guess correctly within the allotted time the contestant won. I want to be a contestant on that (extinct) show. I would win. I would sooo win.
I am a Craniosacral Therapist.

Here are some basics about Craniosacral Therapy:
·         The essence of Craniosacral Therapy is that internally, within each of us, is the wisdom to heal ourselves.
·         Craniosacral Therapy is fluid-based. Human beings are about 60 - 70% fluid.

·         The name, Craniosacral Therapy, comes from the two biggest pools of cerebrospinal fluid (surrounds the brain and spinal cord) in the body. One inside the head, the cranium, and one in front of the butt bone; the sacrum.
·         Craniosacral Therapy evolved from osteopathic (bone-centered) medicine. Interesting that a fluid-based therapy was born from a practice focused on the hardest tissue in the body.

·         Sessions are generally sixty or ninety minutes.
·         Adults lie on a massage table and relax, or focus on slow, deep breathing. Children may be on the table, in their mother’s arms, or playing on the floor.
·         Clients stay fully clothed.
·         I rest my hands very gently on them, as gently as if greeting the surface of a still pond. Through my hands and fingers I “listen” as people’s bodies move through their healing.
·         Some sensations are felt by the client, some by me, and some by both of us.
·         Common sensations clients have during a session: floating, sinking, lopsidedness (as if one hand is big and one is small), tingling, heat or pulsing, sadness, anger, fantastical dreams or old memories. They may see colors, even with eyes closed. Often people relax into a light sleep.
·         While all our life stresses are similar (relationship, work, identity issues, grief, etc.) the diversity of ways bodies process are infinite and fascinating.
·         People seek cranial for a wide range of issues: acute injury, car accidents, depression, migraines, concussions, chronic pain, anxiety, sleep issues, digestive issues, life or career path, preventative care, etc.

·         My primary job as the therapist is to listen, provide a safe container, and support.
·         My ability to guide people through these diverse experiences is based on my naturopathic and craniosacral education, and my life experiences, my skills, and my intuition. I unapologetically use everything I got.
·         Craniosacral Therapy has many benefits—from pain relief and calming, to deeply relaxing and profoundly healing.
·         Because it’s gentle, inexpensive, safe and effective, Craniosacral Therapy is growing rapidly.

A practical note: Saying ‘Craniosacral Therapy’ is a mouthful. Some of my clients call it cranial or ocean-wave therapy. Kids often call it the head/butt stuff.
For more information about craniosacral therapy or my practice, Oceana Bodyworks, please go to my website—
Thank you


  1. Hi, Jana. I just subscribed to your blog, and look forward to learning more about your practice, and your forthcoming book.