Judith Sanford Cranial

Your Body, Your Gift
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Our bodies are our most basic gift. Why not spend the time you have with yours in as much comfort and ease as possible? It is so much easier to enjoy life, develop your talents and contribute positively when you are at ease in your body.
Tension and restrictions can affect mood and vitality by inhibiting function, as well as causing pain. Each of us is unique and within each of us is a blueprint for health. By listening to your body it is possible to find your path back to balance and wellness.

I graduated from McGill University in Montreal, BA in English and Philosophy and then trained for three years at the National Theatre School of Canada. After working long enough in the theatre I realized I would need a second source of income. I soon received my first massage, to recover from the devastating discovery that I was the World’s Worst Waitress. Wisely, I switched to massage therapy and my second choice soon became my first. I count myself lucky to be spending my working years in this rewarding and endlessly fascinating field.

Since training in Toronto, Canada in 1976-77 I have gone on to do extensive education in CranioSacral Therapy, Lowen Systems, Lymph Drainage, and many other modalities, including Muscle Energy and Reiki III. My work reflects an integrative approach to the body’s extraordinary ability to self correct and heal. In individual sessions I may use a combination of these skills.

Licensed in Oregon since 1990, I am a member of the American Massage Therapist Association.  I have a full time private practice in Ashland, Oregon. I work in Medford one day a week.

OR License # 3306

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CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch technique that has a beneficial effect on your central nervous system (CNS) which consists of your brain and spinal cord. The craniosacral system includes the bones, soft tissues, and fluids that protect your CNS. Almost every structure and function in the body is influenced by your brain and spinal cord so any dysfunction in your craniosacral system can have a profound effect on you. Delicate manual techniques locate, assess, and release problem areas and improve the form and function of your CNS.

Some Specific Benefits for Infants and Small Children

  • Colic relief
  • Sensory development benefits
  • Aid for resolution of learning dysfunctions
  • Easing growth spurts
  • Help with CP and other neurological challenges
  • Improved sleep

Biovalent Systems Developed by Frank Lowen LMT – This work assists a system of regulators and rhythms in the body to re-establish balance of:

  • Neurological communication
  • Energetic and bio-electrical function
  • Hormonal and visceral (organ) function
  • Immune response
  • Fluid pressures (fluids around and in cells, blood, lymph, and cerebrospinal

These subtle techniques help the body in anatomically specific ways to re-establish health at the cellular level. Much of the communication in our bodies happens through rhythms and if our tissues, joints, or fluids are encumbered by tensional stress or imbalanced fluid gradients these rhythms will be compromised. Then we experience the decrease of function that shows up as symptoms or chronic conditions. With this approach your body gets assistance with what it is already trying to do, in a language that it can easily interpret and put to use. Your inner resources can coordinate again to maintain your miraculously complex and interconnected activity of health.

The touch is gentle. The results usually happen faster than with other techniques and last longer. I and my clients have been amazed at some of the changes that have happened. Useful for chronic and acute conditions.

Lymph Drainage works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system, and promote a state of relaxation and balance within the autonomic nervous system. Due to the nature and role of the lymphatic system, lymphatic drainage can prove beneficial in many conditions as well as in preventive health maintenance.

Useful for:

  • Reduction of swelling
  • Detoxification
  • Deep relaxation to aid healthy sleep patterns
  • Relaxation of hypertonic muscles and muscle spasm
  • Breast health massage and instruction on self care
  • Regeneration of tissue – from aging, after burns, after surgery
  • Reduction in symptoms of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain

Sessions are most effective when the techniques are applied directly to the skin. The client is draped at all times for warmth and privacy. Sessions often integrate muscle energy, massage manipulations, Reiki and my fascial release. All techniques are appropriate from infancy through old age.

30 minute, 60 minute and 90 minute appointments are available.
At your first appointment, expect a 15-20 minute structural assessment.

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first appointment.

Please call or email for fees and scheduling. Phone: (541) 840-3348
Email me through my contact form below.

Judith Sanford Cranial is located at:
300 E. Hersey St. Ste. 1
Ashland, OR 97520

If you cannot give 24 hour cancellation notice, please plan to pay half the fee.

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