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CranioSacral Therapy available in Fillmore County

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

After feeling the relief first-hand of CranioSacral Therapy, Helen Sutter decided to learn the practice to help others heal too. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Anyone who suffers from constant or reoccurring ailments will tell you that they would do just about anything to find relief. Helen Sutter of Lanesboro, Minn. understands that feeling and is here to help.

In a 1992 roll-over accident that took the life of a close friend, Helen received a concussion, four fractures in her neck, and whiplash both above and below the fractured area. After surgery on her neck, the fractures healed but she continued to suffer from daily headaches, dizziness, and short-term memory problems.

After two years and trying several options including physical therapy to find relief, Helen decided to try something she had heard about six months after her accident but she had kind of dismissed which was CranioSacral Therapy.

Following her first session she had relief and after the second visit she had even more relief. Her headaches were less frequent, less intense, and didn’t last as long. Helen decided she would love to help people find relief in the way that she did.

In 2000 Helen received training for Level 1 CranioSacral Therapy and in 2002 was trained in CST/Myofascial Therapy. She has seen through her training and her personal experiences both giving and receiving therapy how much it can help people with a wide variety of conditions.

In 2012 Helen opened a CranioSacral Therapy business in her home near Lanesboro, Minn. to have the opportunity to help as many people as she can. Helen will also travel to other locations if needed and also offers her services at About Face in Winona, Minn.

Watching a breech baby turn during a session, using this therapy on a 93 year-old man who was in hospice care who eventually moved out of hospice care, and having some clients experiencing headaches come for one session and not need to come back as the headaches had been relieved, are only a few of the positive outcomes that Helen says she has seen from CranioSacral Therapy.

An even more personal experience Helen has had as a CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner has been with her 10 year-old son, Erik, who just finished three years of chemotherapy treatment. During this time Erik was suffering from insomnia, was irritable, would become nauseated, could not settle down and relax, and also suffered from heartburn from the steroids, Helen said. The therapy helped to ease Erik’s symptoms, which is why Helen wants to keep her prices reasonable so parents can afford to bring their children for therapy.

Helen is a CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner who can ease many symptoms and conditions with this relaxing and non-invasive therapy. CranioSacral Therapy uses light touch across the head and other parts of the clothed body to start the process of releasing restrictions in fascia.

Helen explains that fascia is one continuous piece of connective tissue that surrounds the brain, spinal cord, all muscles and organs. She compares fascia to a spider web where, if an area gets pulled on, it will affect the fascia in other areas of the body causing symptoms. Fascia can be one layer thick or up to 20 layers thick.

According to Helen’s website,, energy from the force of a trauma or injury often does not leave the body and can remain blocked in our tissue, forming energy “cysts.” CranioSacral Therapy provides an avenue for that blocked energy to be balanced out while the excess is dissipated through the practitioner’s feet. In other words, as Helen explained, “Muscles have memory” from accidents and other trauma and this therapy can release those memories. Helen has seen clients that, at the time of that release, have made the same motion as when the trauma occurred.

The following is a list of symptoms/conditions that CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to improve:

•Acid Reflux


•Bell’s Palsy

•Breech Pregnancy

•Chronic Neck or Back Pain


•Earache & Tinnitus

•Eye-Motor Coordination Problems

•Facial Pain

•Chronic Bloody Noses due to Facial Injury

•Brain Injury


•Headaches & Migraines

•Insomnia & Anxiety

•Jaw Pain & TMJ Issues

•Loss of Smell or Taste

•Poor Digestion


•Joint Pain

•Vertigo & Lightheadedness


Helen’s general technique is to begin on the client’s head, where, as her website explains, “application of this modality can free up limitations of nerve function and blood flow, while improving cerebrospinal fluid movement” and it’s where she “gets the best results the quickest,” Helen said.

From there she moves onto the shoulders, neck, and wherever else she feels the client could benefit including chest, abdomen, legs, toes, etc. Helen states that while performing therapy she is “observant of them and their bodies to know where to go to next” to help in any way she can. She begins with any recent injuries first and then will proceed with any older issues or injuries.

CranioSacral Therapy can be beneficial for children and adults. Helen worked on her youngest child when he was two hours old. There are many situations where this therapy can be helpful with babies including when the child’s ears are sticking out more than normal. Helen explains that this condition may be due to the temporal bones being tilted slightly forward after the birthing process. She states that she can get a really good result with a baby especially if therapy is done as soon after birth as possible and has seen the child’s ears lay back in a more normal fashion following therapy. Helen also works on moms and babies in the same session as she realizes even though the umbilical cord has been cut there is still a connection between the two.

For those who are skeptical about CranioSacral Therapy Helen suggests they “just try it” and see what results they have. She finds that her clients get a better night’s sleep, a more restful sleep, and feel less pressure in their head. Often people do not realize they even had pressure in their head until after receiving therapy.

Since starting her business Helen says that the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce has been very supportive and she has a client base but would like to expand that base and is willing to travel to other locations if necessary to perform her services.

Helen would also like to expand her therapy service to local bed & breakfasts and resorts, so they can offer therapy to guests, as well as to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Rates for CranioSacral Therapy in the Lanesboro Area are $40 for adults and $20 for children age 15 and under. In the Winona area the rates are $55 for adults and $35 for children age 15 and under. The initial session may last anywhere from 50 - 90 minutes. Subsequent sessions, if needed, may last up to 45 minutes. Hours are Monday - Friday by appointment and Helen is very flexible with her schedule to accommodate clients needs.

For appointments and directions to her home-based office phone (507) 208-8002. For more information visit Helen’s website at

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