CranioSacral is very light touch manual therapy. The touch is generally no more than 5 grams of pressure, or the weight of a nickel. In a world where we are used to thinking of deep massage as effective, it can be difficult to wrap our heads around the lasting effects of gentle work. CranioSacral therapy targets the release of connective tissue and works because of the viscoelastic quality of connective tissue, meaning that it is fluid-like and maleable with gentle, sustained pressure but becomes solid under quick, hard pressure. You can think of silly putty, how you can tease it apart into long strands if you work with it gently but that its only choice is to break if you jerk it apart. Connective tissue is similar so responds to the gentle touch of a practitioner.
Reiki, the Japanese energy work, is a gentle healing modality where the practitioner acts as a conduit for universal energy, passing it on to others. The kanji Ki comes from the Chinese Qi, which means life force or universal energy and Rei, which means sacred so Reiki is the sacred energy of the universe.
A Reiki session is deeply relaxing and restorative and often brings the receiver to a profoundly meditative place. In the session, the fully clothed receiver lies on a massage table and the practitioner holds her hands in a series of positions, either on or just above the receiver’s body, passing the sacred universal energy on to the receiver.
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