Craniosacral therapy (CST), or cranial-sacral therapy, is a form of gentle, hands-on bodywork focused primarily on the concept of "primary respiration" and regulating the flow of fluid in the nervous system by applying light touches to a patient's skull, face, spine and pelvis. Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upledger in the 1970s, and is loosely based on cranial osteopathy.
Practitioners of craniosacral therapy assert that there are small, rhythmic motions of the cranial bones attributed to cerebrospinal fluid pressure or arterial pressure. The premise of CST is that palpation of the cranium can be used to detect this rhythmic movement of the cranial bones and selective pressures may be used to manipulate the cranial bones to achieve a therapeutic result.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
The touch of the therapist is extremely soft; generally no greater than 5 grams, to release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. The therapist lightly palpates the patient's body, and focuses intently on the communicated movements. A practitioner's feeling of being in tune with a patient is described as entrainment. Patients often report feelings of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session, and may feel light-headed.
CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
What conditions can Craniosacral Therapy address?
Migraines and Headaches;
Chronic Neck and Back Pain;
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders;
Infant and Childhood Disorders;
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries;
Central Nervous System Disorders;
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;