What should I do to prepare for our CranioSacral therapy session?
Please wear lose comfortable clothing to allow for more freedom of movement and greater comfort during the session.
What if my baby is sleeping or needs to nurse during our CranioSacral therapy session?
I will work around you and your baby’s needs in the session. I can work with your baby in my lap, in your lap, while nursing, sleeping in the car seat, etc. Wherever you and your baby are in the rhythm of your day is fine!
How does a CranioSacral therapy session begin?
At the beginning of every session I do a nonverbal check-in with you and your body. This allows me to get a sense of what is happening in your system and what your body may need in this moment. Afterwards, we’ll talk about your health, both past and present, and your intentions for the session. This is a time for you to share anything that may be going on in your life and your body. The combination of what I feel from your body and what I hear from you, will guide us in our work together ensuring that we get to the most prominent things for you during the session.
How many CranioSacral therapy sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you may need is generally dependent on the severity of the issue and the length of time you have been dealing with it. However, every body is different. I will say that most people notice a difference in their symptoms after the first 1 or 2 CranioSacral therapy sessions.
Generally, after the first or second session we will have a better idea of how many sessions you will need to meet your health goals.
How should I take care of myself after a CranioSacral therapy session?
It is a good idea to not schedule any strenuous activity for at least the next 24 hours after your session, and sometimes for 48 hours. Your body will be processing and integrating a lot of new information, as well as building new pathways of movement. If you exert your body too soon, there is a good chance that you will habitually engage the old ways of doing things, thereby overriding the new emerging pathways. By giving yourself some time and space after the session your body will have a chance to integrate and strengthen, forming more productive and easeful ways of being and doing.
What can I do?
Take a walk outside. Walking is great for integrating new information as well as oxygenating your blood. Be gentle with yourself. Sometimes emotions that have been stored in the tissues of your body find their way out during or after the session. This is energy in motion, and for some, part of the healing process. As much as you can, allow this to happen. It will pass leaving you with a lighter, freer feeling.
Some people occasionally experience a worsening of their symptoms after a CranioSacral session. This too can be part of the healing process and is usually soon followed by marked improvement in overall well-being. Even still, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this process.
What can I expect in a Holistic Pelvic Care™ session?
Your initial treatment session will generally be the longest (approximately 90 minutes) where Sirena will take a brief history and discuss your goals for treatment. This is also the time where she will discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the therapy itself as well as any questions you may have about pelvic anatomy. Next, Sirena will begin with some external palpation techniques and then, if you are comfortable, she will continue with internal palpation techniques to evaluate any existing trigger points as well as tension patterns within your pelvic bowl. Her assessment is used to guide your individualized Holistic Pelvic Care™ treatments, which may incorporate the use of gentle intravaginal massage, myofascial and trigger point release, CranioSacral Therapy, as well as energetic balancing techniques.
Follow-up sessions are generally shorter (approximately 60 minutes) once the initial goals have been established. Each follow-up session will begin with a brief re-assessment but will focus primarily on treatment. The frequency and duration of treatment sessions can vary based on the severity and chronicity of your symptoms. Generally, you can expect anywhere from 1-6 sessions depending on your treatment goals.
Each session ends with a review of simple and effective self-care techniques so that you can nurture yourself through your personal healing process and create a deeper connection to your female center. Depending on your sensitivity and needs, external energetic healing may be indicated before internal work is incorporated into a treatment session.
What effects will I notice after a Holistic Pelvic Care™ session?
Women describe a greater sense of well-being in their core. They report feeling more relaxed, centered and supported, with improved sensation, increased libido, and increased strength in their pelvic muscles after receiving Holistic Pelvic Care™. Due to this therapy’s unique ability to revitalize a woman’s energetic center and increase blood flow within the pelvis, women often report significant improvements within a short number of sessions.
Is Holistic Pelvic Care™ painful?
No. Holistic Pelvic Care™ is gentle and respectful form of pelvic therapy that follows the lead of the body. It should never hurt and the response of a woman’s body guides the depth and direction of the hands-on work. Although Holistic Pelvic Care™ is gentle, the effects are profound.
About Sirena Masket CranioSacral
Sirena Masket offers CranioSacral Therapy at her conveniently located East Bay office in Rockridge and serves clients from Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville and San Francisco. Sirena is a trained Holistic Pelvic Care practitioner and enjoys supporting women during their conception journey, postpartum and menopause. She loves her eclectic practice of working with Men, Women, Children and she particularly loves to support moms & babies. Phone sessions are available after the first session.