Sastun Center

Art Kent, NCTMB

Massage & CranioSacral Therapies

Art holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Park University and attended the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics (NMSNT) where he completed an 800 hour program in massage and natural therapeutics in 1990. Art is nationally certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB), a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners. He began his training in craniosacral therapy at the NMSNT and has continued his development through the Upledger Institute. Much of Art’s practice has been focused in pain management and “system balancing”. Art is also a yoga instructor and a theatrical lighting designer.

Life is always in motion. On a deep level all living tissue “breathes” with the motion of life. This motion produces a rhythm that can be palpated by sensitive hands. For a CranioSacral therapist this motion is called the “cranial motion”. The cranial motion is produced by the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid through the ventricles in the brain into the spinal cord. In CranioSacral, these rhythms are expressions of health with in the body. Through stress and trauma these rhythms can become blocked in areas indicating an imbalance in the system.

For example, if you were to injure you’re ankle it would cause you to walk and move in way to avoid being in pain. If the injury took a long time to heal the new posture and movement to avoid pain would feel normal and become an accepted pattern for your body. The new posture would cause other areas to compensate and fatigue. Over time the body would accept this new posture as a necessary pattern and remain until the muscles were restored to a state of balance.” This is the principle of how CranioSacral works. Trauma or stress causes an imbalance somewhere in the body, the body compensates and new patterns form. These new patterns cause a shift at different areas in the cranial motion, over time these blocks cause more shifts to occur causing pain anxiety and other symptoms including deteriorating health.

In CranioSacral therapy the intent is to restore the body to a state of balance by taping into the body’s own self-healing capabilities. This is done in a non-invasive way by gently encouraging the body to rediscover the innate rhythms of the cranial motion. CranioSacral takes a whole person approach to healing acknowledging that all systems are interrelated. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be effective in acute and chronic conditions.

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