Craniosacral FAQ’s

Craniosacral Therapy and Emotional Healing with Linda Lazar Allen

Who can benefit from a session?

Does Linda work with children?

What  conditions can it help?

What should I expect during a session with Linda?

How many sessions do I need?

What are fee’s for a session, and what form of payment is accepted?

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

What is the advanced Brain technique Linda practices?

What is Emotional Healing ?

What is Heart Centered Therapy?

Is craniosacral recommended during pregnancy?

What is Acupressure?




Who can benefit from a session?

Most people potentially can benefit from sessions. Because this work supports the brain and nervous system, it is effective in assisting the prevention of many chronic conditions, including stiffness, sleep problems, memory loss, inflammation, immune imbalances. It also addresses injuries, even those that occurred long ago, including perinatal/ birth trauma,  that you may have no idea was still affecting you.

Most people at some point have had head or tailbone injury from sports, falls, or car accidents.  This work  strengthens your whole body system on a multitude of levels. Due to its gentleness and effectiveness, many people include CST as a part of their personal wellness programs. They report having more energy, sleeping better and being sick less often.

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Does Linda work with children?

Linda works with adults, teens, children and babies. She is known for her special connection with the children she works with, and many parents tell her that their children ask to come back and see her. Gentle and non-invasive, craniosacral therapy is effective in ways children can intuitively recognize. Read more about Linda’s pediatric work and conditions it can help with.

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What will it help

CST strengthens your the immune system, calms the central nervous system,  improves function of the brain, and releases tissue restrictions from physical and emotional trauma. Because CST balances the whole body, many people also include it as a component in their personal wellness and preventative care programs. It helps with such diverse conditions as:

♥ Emotional distress (anxiety, stress, depression, worry, etc.)
♥ Traumas (falls, accidents, physical, sexual or emotional abuse,
loss/grief, surgeries)
♥ Concussions and head/brain trauma
♥ Migraines and other Headaches
♥ Chronic and Acute Neck and Back Pain
♥ Support through Life Changes
♥ Nervous System Disorders
♥ Injuries (including motor vehicle & sports injuries)
♥ Vertigo, Tinnutis, Menieres, TMJ problems
♥ Joint Pain
♥ Immune System Support

Special issues for children Linda has successfully helped include:

♥ Sensory Processing Disorders
♥ Headaches
♥ Birth Trauma
♥ Colic, Tantrums, Irritability
♥ Sleeping Problems
♥ Nursing/latching difficulties
♥ Emotional fears, Anxiety
♥ ADD/ADHD/Learning Disabilities
♥ Injuries (accidents, sports injuries, etc.)
♥ Children with Special Needs, Autism Spectrum
♥ Developmental Delays
♥Neurological Dysfunction
♥Proprioceptive/Balance issues
♥Immune System support
♥Stress

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What should I expect during a craniosacral session with Linda?

There is no predetermined treatment protocol, the work honors and listens to the body’s innate healing wisdom. Sessions usually last about 45 minutes to an hour. Clients relax on the table  fully clothed, but without shoes.  What you experience from your own session is highly individual. Clients may experience subtle sensations, like floating, deep relaxation, sometimes even some discomfort in different parts of the body as the trauma moves through the body.  There are times when a deep, meditative state of consciousness is contacted, when the mind gets out of the way to allow the system to reorganize in some profound way. If your system is tired, you’ll relax and rest, which is deeply healing in itself. For deeper emotional work, along with gentle touch, Linda will also guide clients in dialoguing techniques.

Although many may feel immediately better, the body can take up to a week to integrate the changes as unnatural forces from restrictions are released and the body puts itself back together in more natural, balanced and health way. Bringing the body back into balance and thus resolving symptoms happens quickly in some cases and not so quickly in others. Some conditions are cumulative and don’t necessarily resolve over night. The process for healing can be incremental, and the work is often subtle.

Imagine the process of detoxification: If you have lots of “toxins” in your body (past emotional and physical traumas, etc.), it will take longer to clear them. Also, people with many “toxins” built up may experience effects similar to a physical detoxification as the body rids itself of these patterns, reorganizes, and repairs past traumas. These effects can last 24-72 hours, followed by amazing healing and relief of pre-therapy symptoms. During this time it is important to nurture oneself and acknowledge the symptoms so they will release, not refreeze in the body. Remember that this is a positive and desirable healing process for the whole person.

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How many sessions do I need?

The number of sessions is extremely variable, and depends on what your goals are, what symptoms you suffer from, the complex layers of injury and trauma that may mask the original cause of problems, and how readily your system responds to this therapy.While a onetime session can be given for deep inner peace, a series of treatments is recommended to get the full benefit of the therapy and its cumulative effects on the whole body.  As a general rule, three to ten sessions will have a significant impact on most people’s health, and in some cases only one session can make a dramatic difference. Often, people receive regular sessions for longer periods of time, followed by an occasional tune-up to maintain health.

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What are fee’s for a session with Linda Lazar Allen, and what form of payment is accepted?

Initial consultation and session, 45-60 minutes…..$120

Standard session, 40-45 minutes……………………..$95

*Extended session 45-60 minutes………………………$120

*Some emotional healing treatments may require longer than a typical 40-45 minute session to allow time to complete the processing and provide full benefit.

Payment is due at the time of visit and may be paid by cash, check or credit card.  We do not take insurance, but an invoice with insurance coding can be provided upon request to turn in to your insurance company for reimbursement.


What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.  Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system — and the performance of nearly every other system in your body. CranioSacral Therapy(CST) releases those tensions allowing the entire body to relax and self-correct.

CST is a gentle method of detection and correction of restrictions and imbalances in the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body; including the central nervous system, cerebrospinal fluid, dural tissues, and the bones of the cranium, spine and sacrum. The craniosacral system directly impacts the central nervous system, therefore an imbalance within the craniosacral system can cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. Common causes of imbalances are physical injuries, emotional and psychological stresses, birth trauma and toxicity. CST strengthens your the immune system, calms the central nervous system, improves function of the brain, and releases tissue restrictions from physical and emotional trauma.

CST is is very unique among treatment modalities because it can have a tremendous therapeutic effect on the brain and nervous system. Due to its gentleness and effectiveness, CST is excellent for adults,children and infants.

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What is the advanced Brain technique Linda practices?

Building on craniosacral therapy, the  brain and neurology training is a profound advanced level therapy that releases brain trauma and trauma from tissue anywhere in the body. Developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, it addresses very specific neurological structures of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. This technique helps identify, access and release structural and energetic lesions. tension patterns and trauma that stress the body. The body often aligns itself around tissue microstructures in the brain and spinal cord, and they are frequently unaddressed key/primary tissue restrictions. Many of these restricted structures are repeatedly one of the most important components of somatic dysfunctions. For this reason,  advanced brain therapy is helpful to most people, but specifically helpful for any brain and spinal cord related pathologies, including closed-head injuries, whiplash, headaches, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, sensory dysfunction, cross dominance, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

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What is Emotional Healing ?

A specialization of Linda’s practice is working with emotional traumas of the soul and spirit to safely release old patterns in our tissue’s that are blocking progress or causing physical pain. Research has shown that sometimes structural pain will not subside until the emotional components are cleared first. The feelings around illness have to be addressed before healing can begin.

Her emotional healing work gently helps us uncover and release the traumas we hold, as well as reveal the gifts  within so we can understand why it had to happen. Therapeutic imagery, dialoguing, acupressure and soft touch techniques help you reach higher levels of consciousness where old patterns from life’s experiences and relationships are safely transformed and released,  without reliving the trauma.

Each time we experience an emotional trauma, trivial or life shattering, it is stored in the body. Tissue holds memory of both physical and emotional trauma.  Repeated sense perceptions/coping mechanisms from situations in life also become hardwired in our brain and body, emerging as unconscious responses.  When we cling to these once-helpful perceptions after they cease to be useful, they can reemerge as sources of pain and dysfunction.

The depth reached through the therapies Linda practices quickly and gently resolve even the deepest rooted traumas.  Heart Centered Therapy is the core therapy Linda uses to facilitate Emotional Soul Healing, integrated with Somato Emotional Release, therapeutic imagery and emotional balancing acupressure to take clients on a sacred journey of healing that lovingly transforms reactions to life’s experiences and initiates change. These techniques promote the discovery and gentle release of the restrictions that contribute to pain and dysfunction.

Linda’s emotional healing work offers the opportunity to reformulate emotional responses, beliefs, and life decisions into newfound insight, wisdom and strength.

Awaken the wisdom of the heart.

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What is Heart Centered Therapy?

Linda primarily uses Heart Centered Therapy (HCT) for her emotional healing work. HCT is a beautiful modality developed by Alaya Chikly that helps you connect with the wisdom of your heart to reach higher levels of consciousness. The heart naturally knows how to heal our consciousness and dissolve beliefs that may have held us in pain, confusion and/or separation. Research has shown that sometimes structural pain will not subside until the emotional components are cleared first.

With HCT, Linda skillfully guides you through soft touch and masterful dialoguing techniques that identify and transform the emotional component of disease and discomfort in the body, the related trauma, as well as the ancestral patterns that have sustained wounding within the immediate family and the family lineage.  Inside this gentle and respectful process is a very direct, straightforward approach that pierces straight to the core of an issue.

Limited perspectives and blocks dissolve as one learns to discern the difference between information perceived from the mind that can intensify trauma, and higher information received through the wisdom of the heart that directs the healing and reveals inner truth. As our core being is healed, disassociated consciousness reintegrates. In wholeness, we can reclaim and fulfill our purpose in life.

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Is Craniosacral Safe During Pregnancy?

CST is safe and highly recommended during pregnancy, because it calms the nervous system of both mother and child.  During pregnancy, a baby does not know the difference between mother’s thoughts and feelings of its own, so when Mom’s system is soothed and balanced during pregnancy, the baby gains huge benefits.

A woman experiences dramatic changes in her body during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery.Many pregnant women also find sessions with Linda help them feel more comfortable during pregnancy, addressing the concerns and discomforts arising from these changes, especially sciatic, nerve and back pain. Another important goal of a pregnancy  session is to gently improve mobility in the mother’s pelvis so her baby can more easily assume an ideal position for birth. This can promote a timely, easier birth for mom and baby.

Postpartum treatments focus on  realignment of the spine and pelvis and nurturing the mother’s body back to harmony.   Sessions help  facilitate healing on all levels.

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What is Acupressure?

Linda is certified in and has advanced training in Jin Shin do (Compassionate Spirit) Acupressure for Emotional Balancing. Using traditional Chinese acupuncture points, this ancient technique uses finger pressure rather than needles to stimulate the flow of energy throughout the meridians and autonomic nervous system. Meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up, creating imbalance and pain. Long known for its ability to alleviate physical pain, the ancient healing art of acupressure also relieves stress and emotional pain. From day-to-day pressures to life’s most significant trails, traumatic events cause the body to shut down and keep negative feelings “stuck,” resulting in physical ailments and emotional imbalances. Acupressure is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, self-treatment and preventive health care. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops vibrant health.

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