Margaret Balhoff has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist, and 20 years specializing in craniosacral therapy (CST)as a registered craniosacral therapist (RCST) with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America. Margaret also utilizes other manual therapy skills, including Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Strain-Counterstrain (SCS), and Visceral Manipulation (VM) which are osteopathic methods that address dysfunction or strain in joints, muscles or organs. These methods help improve function and reduce pain through improving motion and/or balance in these tissues. Margaret specializes in addressing issues related to birth, perinatal, and attachment and has completed the two-year craniosacral therapy training designed to address these issues.
CST can have a profound influence on the health and development of babies and children, including cognitive & motor development, feeding/digestion, sleep and bonding with parents/caregivers. This work is especially valuable when there has been a difficult birth process with medical interventions (e.g., forceps or vacuum delivery, emergency C-section, prematurity/NICU) or prenatal influences (drugs/alcohol, or stress on mother).
Margaret practices from a holistic approach, and believes in the body’s inherent ability to heal, and to find its way back to balance and resilience. Integrating mind, body and spirit is essential to overall health and well-being. During her career as a physical therapist, Margaret has observed the effects of stress and other emotional factors on physical and mental health. This had led to a personal study of psychology, trauma, relaxation training, mindfulness and other methods for addressing emotional effects of pain and stress. She has seen the benefits of craniosacral therapy for mood regulation, including relief of anxiety and depression. CST helps to down-regulate (calm) the autonomic nervous system, which affects mood as well as sleep. Margaret is currently working towards a Masters’ degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Regis University (graduation anticipated in May 2020). In addition, she is enrolled in a 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing, which is a body-centered approach to trauma.
Craniosacral Concussion & Spine Physical Therapy