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Tessa Waring CST

Meet Tessa Waring

Our Licensed Craniosacral Therapist

Tessa is a Craniosacral Therapy (CST) practitioner who began her studies at The Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA and completed her training at the Upledger International Institute, the original school of CST. Her goal is to help people suffering from chronic pain and debilitation, who may feel at the end of their rope when it comes to treatment options. Much like the Gonstead method of chiropractic work, her work addresses not only the bones and tissues of the body, but also the nervous system as the regulator of tension and integrity within the body. In her free time, she likes being in nature, caring for her bonsai trees, pampering her cat, Flamenco, and has recently jumped head first into performing improv comedy around Portland. WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY? Just as your heart pumps oxygenated blood to your organs and tissues, the craniosacral system (your brain and spinal cord and their surrounding tissues) has its own pump, called the craniosacral rhythm, to move spinal fluid around your brain and spinal cord. CST is based on the principle of working *with* this natural internal rhythm, rather than trying to force change without regard for this delicate system of self-regulation. Over the course of our lives, and before we are even born, certain events and injuries can impact the bones and tissues surrounding our brain and spinal cord, and result in restrictions and unevenness in the craniosacral rhythm over time. Restrictions in the flow of spinal fluid are not as immediately life-threatening as an interruption in your blood circulatory system, but they can be related to debilitating conditions that may build over time. While the full breadth of these are still being studied, it can include headache, migraine, fatigue, psychiatric conditions, developmental delays, auto-immune conditions, and dysfunctions in the nervous system. A Craniosacral Therapist evaluates the quality of the craniosacral rhythm at various points on the body, and uses gentle techniques to correct restriction and asymmetry, and promote full, even flow of spinal fluid.  


1 Hour Treatment $95 1.5 Hour Treatment $140