How Cranio-Sacral Awareness can help
you become aware of the tensions creating your Migraines—
so you don’t have to create them
“You can’t imagine the relief to no longer have migraines.”
There are a number of different kinds of migraines my clients have come in with: cluster headaches, sinus headaches, migraines that last for days and migraines so bad they have to stay in bed in a dark room till it lifts. What I’ve noticed while listening to these client’s bodies is that the surrounding membrane system is also very tight. We largely keep all internal structures especially within the head out of awareness, except sometimes our breathing and heartbeat…or if pain has developed. But awareness can develop for our inner spaces including our spine and head.
As you can see in this image, the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, folds inwards along the top of the brain making a strong verticle tissue layer. Inside this layer are two major sinus passages that drain blood from the brain, the saggital and inferior saggital sinus. When these are badly restricted migraines can be the result.
If you notice in the full body image, this membrane system goes all the way down the the bottom of the spinal cord where it attaches to the sacrum. What I’ve found is that by releasing restrictions throughout a clients Craniosacral system, including lower back tensions, tensions even down into the ankles, this can help release tension throughout the entire craniosacral system including the head. What is great about this approach and holistic, whole body awareness, is that by learning how to relax ones lumbar spine, stretch it, be flexible within it, is often the hidden key to reducing ones migraines.
Lastly, part of the work I do with clients is help them find ways to keep their body craniosacral system open and spacious so they can reduce their symptoms with self-care. This can include guided meditations specifically for each client that clients record with their cellphones and can play back often at night before sleep.