Therese Wenner: Cranial Sacral

If you haven’t heard of cranial sacral work before, you’re not alone. Dr. Gloria Horsley interviews Therese Wenner at the National Alliance for Grieving Children conference, and discusses the benefits of this form of therapy. Based in Olympia, Washington, Wenner has a private practice that focuses on cranial sacral therapy. For those in grief, this can be very calming to your entire system. Many people need a lot of calming, but may not know where to turn. This is a form of therapy that deals with the core system in your body—the central nervous system, but accessed in a gentle and subtle way. It’s totally non-invasive.

As such, it can be beneficial to people of any age, from newborns to the elderly. When you’re stressed, trying to relax in a hot tub doesn’t always work. If you still can’t come down, cranial work can “drop you into a deeper place.” It’s very soothing according to Dr. Horsley, who’s undergone this form of therapy. Plus, when she lost her son in a car accident, she found out first-hand just how stressful this situation can be (and the importance of therapy).

Finding Your Best Fit

Cranial sacral therapy isn’t just for the bereaved, but this demographic may be a fantastic fit for it. Anyone who has a lot of stress, or simply wants to introduce more calm into their life, can benefit from it. It may even be covered by your insurance carrier, so make sure to check. Otherwise, many specialists like Wenner offer payment plans, financing, and some even offer a sliding scale fee.

Reach out and test various therapies to see what connects with you. There’s certainly no harm in trying, and you just might uncover an option that can make your life and your world infinitely more enjoyable.


Gloria Horsley

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Dr. Gloria Horsley is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent. She started "Open to Hope" to help the millions in the world with grief. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over 20 years. Dr. Horsley hosts the syndicated internet radio show, The Grief Blog which is one of the top ranked shows on Health Voice America. She serves the Compassionate Friends in a number of roles including as a Board of Directors, chapter leader, workshop facilitator, and frequently serves as media spokesperson. Dr. Horsley is often called on to present seminars throughout the country. She has made appearances on numerous television and radio programs including "The Today Show," "Montel Williams," and "Sallie Jessie Raphael." In addition, she has authored a number of articles and written several books including Teen Grief Relief with Dr. Heidi Horlsey, and The In-Law Survival Guide.

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