Fascia is one of the “soft tissue” components of the connective tissue of the body. Soft tissue also includes tendons, ligaments, skin, nerves, blood vessels and muscles, but it is the fascia that envelopes and interpenetrates them all, providing protection and support.
The fascia itself can become restricted and bound, leading to pain, muscle tension and compromised neural and blood flow. These patterns of restriction can become quite engrained and they can begin to “pull” tissues from other regions of the body, into themselves. The longer this goes on, the more involved the restrictive pattern becomes.
Fascial work aims to unwind this restriction, through specific manual holds and the application of carefully directed force into the center of the restricted area. Depth of pressure varies greatly in fascial work, dictated by where the restriction is met in the body. Usually, the superficial layers unwind first, leading to the deeper, more central core of the contraction.
At Kula, we strive to stay on the body’s schedule of release, only moving deeper as it allows. While people may experience a little bit of pain, it is important for a person to be able to breathe with ease, which then facilitates the release of the tissue. In this way, the client and the practitioner move through as many areas of the body as time allows for, integrating subsequent treatments into a longer term treatment plan.
The Craniosacral system of the body is comprised of four main components; the membranes (or meninges) which surround the central nervous system, the bones of the cranium and the sacrum which attach to these membranes, the fascia which radiates out from the membranes to all parts of the body, the cerebro-spinal fluid (a vital fluid produced in the central nervous system).
As the life force moves through the cranio-sacral system, these structures move in a rhythmical, cyclical pattern, much like the expansion and contraction of respiration. In a healthy body, this movement will be free, full and even. Disturbances to health of any kind, will be reflected in corresponding aberrations in this movement. These disturbances can then be palpated by a sensitive practitioner, presenting as torsions, drag or other such influences.
Through various manual holds, coupled with the clear, focused intention of the practitioner, an unwinding of these disturbances can be facilitated. Then as each point of restriction is released, the smooth, balanced motion of a healthy system is restored. This allows the original physiological disturbance (neurological irritation, vascular constriction, tissue contracture etc) to be released. This is how such a seemingly light therapy can have such deep results. Mostly, people just comment on how deeply relaxing cranio-sacral therapy is. Cranio-sacral therapy can take a full treatment of one hour or more, or it can be incorporated into a fascial treatment.
60 minute massage appointment RMT $105
90 minute massage appointment RMT $155
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Cancellation/Missed Appointment Policy: Kula Wellness Centre requires 24 hours advanced notice when cancelling. If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the treatment as booked.