CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral therapy is a light touch therapy that engages the natural healing ability of the body to clear imbalances resulting from stressors. In doing so, this therapy also alleviates pain and discomfort in the body.

Our primary CraniosSacral Therapist, Catherine Whelan, BS, LMT, CST works with individuals of all ages and from all walks of life. Her specialties include chronic headache and migraine relief, TMJ syndrome, pediatrics, and relief and release of long held trauma or injury. CAtherine has a history of success with people who are experiencing long term challenges that have not had success with traditional treatements.

David Paad, CNM, RN works works with newborns and infants, he also works with adults and has a special interest in pregancy and post partum CST.

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"My neck hurt the other day, and it really was a problem. Then I realized it used to hurt like that, and worse, every day. And now it doesn't." ~A.M. More Client Reviews


"The beauty of CranioSacral Therapy is that it works gently to facilitate the free flow and ease of movement of all the body's fluids, membranes, muscles and fascia."
John Upledger, DO

CranioSacral Therapy has facilitated relief from migraines, chronic low back pain, physical and emotional trauma, sinus problems, chronic pain and long-term unresolved health concerns for adult clients. For pediatric clients, her practice specialty, she has facilitated relief from birth trauma and nursing problems, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. Parents report a significant improvement in behaviors and temperament after their children receive CranioSacral Therapy.

Clients report significant shifts and personal changes from their sessions, and CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to be effective for the following:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Colic
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

"I did it! I ran a mile and a half today, and my knee doesn't hurt at all. I made love to it the whole time, thanking it for what it was doing, and it feels great. I can't stop smiling!" ~J. H. More Client Reviews

CranioSacral Therapy

Whether it is nursing issues, reflux, sleep issues, colic, behavior, attention or other issues of childhood, the gentle, non-invasive work of CranioSacral Therapy can facilitate amazing changes. It is a holistic, drug-free approach to health that recognizes and supports the shifts the child needs to make within their body for comfort and wellness.

Our small ones have not lost their connection to their deep internal healing mechanisms and CST is a very effective method for accessing this system. Lasting changes are often reached in a very short time with babies and small children.

David is wonderful with the newborns and infants, as well as their moms during pregnancy. Catherine has worked with children of all ages and is the therapist we recommend for school aged children.

    Parents often seek out CranioSacral Therapy for:
  • Challenges at birth – long labor and pushing, use of instruments, C- Section
  • Breastfeeding challenges – tongue tie, lip tie, poor latch, need for nipple shields
  • Colic and tummy concerns
  • Fussy, grumpy baby
  • Torticollis – baby’s head tends to only lay to one side
  • Unhappy baby
  • Sleep issues
  • Head shape concerns
  • Simple desire to improve wellbeing for the baby

"First session of craniosacral therapy for my son. I'm still wrapping my head around the technical terms of what CST is but to SEE what it did for my son in just that one session was wonderful. He was so relaxed. And what a happy (and hungry) little boy afterwards! We are very excited to continue our sessions with Laura (Alex)!" ~A.W.

"I could not ask for more tender and loving care of my twins, The changes that I have had and seen within my daughters physically has been a healthy and grounding start to a better future. We will always be within Alchemy's care, even if the drive becomes longer than our current two hour excursion each way." ~K.H. More Client Reviews

CranioSacral Therapy for
Pregnancy and Birth

We view the mother and the baby in utero as individuals, while honoring that they are functioning as one during pregnancy. CST brings ease and balance and can aid both mother and child in having the experience of a successful delivery. Women positioned safely and comfortably often relaxing deeply. CST strengthens the body’s ability to take better care of itself and can help to alleviate:

  • Chronic neck back and joint pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Morning Sickness
  • Stress and tension related problems
  • Fatigue
  • Challenges with conception
  • Many other conditions related to pregnancy and the effects on mother and child as pregnancy develops

David Paad CNM, RN works with our pregnant clients, combining his depth of understanding and experience with pregnancy as a Midwife with his skills as a CranioSacral therapist.

"Catherine brings a wonderful presence to her practice. She is a unique mix of fun, quick, warm, confident and open. I felt extremely comfortable with her from beginning to end. Her enthusiasm and desire to help me in the way I wanted made for a really incredible session. I can’t recommend her highly enough." R.B.

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CranioSacral Therapists

Catherine Whelan, BS, LMT, CST

Catherine Whelan, BS, LMT, CST

Alchemy is very pleased to welcome to Catherine, our very experienced, new CranioSacral Therapist.

Catherine Whelan, LMT, CST is an advanced level CranioSacral Therapist with her techniques level certification who joined Alchemy in 2017. She is Upledger trained and has excellent touch and communication skills.

Twelve years of experience accompany Catherine to Alchemy, she started with a Kineseology degree, followed that with some of the best training available at Boulder College of Massage, and she has continued her education at the highest levels in CranioSacral Therapy as well as Visceral Manipulation. Catherine is also a frequent teaching assistant and study group leader.

Health is a lifelong journey with an ebb and flow; the more gentle mindfulness we can bring to the journey, the more likely we are to succeed. Catherine understands the challenges and obstacles life can present and wants to help you succeed on your journey of conscious health and wellness.

David Paad, RN, CNM

David Paad, Rn, CNM David is currently a Midwife at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Women’s Health Associates and a part-time CranioSacral Therapist with Alchemy Healing Arts Center.

While David anticipates that he will continue to catch babies for quite some time, he also has completed significant training in CranioSacral Therapy. David's practice has a focus on infants and newborns, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as adults.

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Alex J. Puma (Laura Inman Mitchell), LMT, CST, NCBTMB, LLCC

Alex J Puma In case you missed the August 2017 news. Alex has moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland to pursue graduate studies in the Anthropology of Conflict at Queen's University, zee will also be working there as a CranioSacral Therapist.

Alex is missed. We know changes in life are a given. We, too, work to accept and embrace these as members of a healing community. Yet even after much discernment and preparation, there is bittersweet mixed in with such exciting news.

Both Alex and Amelia encourage you to learn more about Alchemy's current CranioSacral Therapists - Catherine Whelan and David Paad.