Craniosacral Therapy with Tina Meyers

I enjoyed two sessions with Tina Meyer, DD, LMT this month at MindSpa focused mostly on Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and Guided Stretching. I had two prior treatments with Tina in July where she focused on Massage and Energy Balancing. You can read my prior report dated July 27. The prior treatments were wonderful and they gave Tina and me an opportunity to get to know each other better as she was assessing my overall health.

As it turned out, I was dealing with a minor medical issue this month in connection with my two treatments. Tina was able to focus on the issue with a high level of skill based on her experience and education.

My issue was acute pain in my right foot and specifically on the inside edge near the base of my big toe. This is the third time I’ve had pain in the same area over the last 3 to 4 years. The pain comes suddenly and it’s fairly intense for about 4-5 days before it gradually disappears over another week. My typical response is to place a spacer between my big toe and his next door neighbor before wrapping it with sports tape. The spacer straightens the big toe which relieves the pressure (pain) in the area where the two toes connect.

It’s difficult to diagnosis foot pain and especially for older people. The causes can include arthritis (inflammation of the joints), tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons), nerve damage, diabetes, gout (a form of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals), sesamoid fracture, hallux rigidus (a stiff big toe which is a form of degenerative arthritis), and other causes.

I’m 60 years young and I’ve jogged more than 10,000 miles. No doubt that amount of pounding over many years has stressed the structure of my feet and perhaps other parts of my body. Welcome to middle age. I’m probably dealing with early arthritis. It’s one of the reasons I swim laps and walk regularly, which is gentler on my feet, ankles and knees than jogging.

Tina used CST and Guided Stretching to alleviate the pain. Her treatment carried over the next few days to speed up my recovery. In the future, I will book an appointment with her the minute I feel that unwelcome twinge in my foot that an episode might be on the way.

Few of us layman are familiar with CST so I wanted to give you a quick primer. CST is a noninvasive hands-on approach that releases tension held in the body. It’s a gentle and nurturing process. Tina slowly rotated my head and neck and she also worked on my spine and pelvis. You can learn about the CST procedure online and its history helping people of all ages. The most important thing I can tell you is the treatment was relaxing and I felt immediate relief. So was the Guided Stretching; not only of my foot, but also my legs and pelvic area.

Getting a treatment with Tina or any of the professionals at MindSpa is an educational experience. I always learn new things about the human body and the healing process. As I reflect on my four sessions with Tina this summer, I’m impressed how she “connects the dots” between how I’m feeling and how the human body works. Her knowledge explains why she spent time focusing on my pelvic area and spine even though the pain was in my foot. Her awareness of anatomy and how various systems connect reflects her depth of knowledge.

You can learn more about Tina on the Our Team page and more about Craniosacral Therapy on the Services page. Consider combining a future body work session with Tina or one of the other team members with a visit to the floatation tank or far infrared sauna. I wrote prior articles about both experiences in April.