Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and non-invasive hands-on approach to healthcare. It focuses on manipulating the craniosacral system, which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord. Osteopath Dr. John Upledger developed CST based on the concept that the craniosacral system has a rhythm similar to the respiratory and circulatory systems.
CST is rooted in the belief that the craniosacral system plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and balance of the entire body. It is based on the idea that the cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord, has a rhythmic pulsation that can be felt and manipulated.
A trained craniosacral therapist uses a light touch to palpate and assess the craniosacral rhythm. This gentle touch lets the therapist perceive any system restrictions, imbalances, or tension. They will use a very light touch, often described as palpating or gently holding various body parts, including the skull, spine, and pelvis.
The client usually lies fully clothed on a treatment table (unless integrated with theraputic modalities offered within the same session). The therapist begins by placing their hands on specific body areas, such as the head, spine, or pelvis, and tunes into the craniosacral rhythm. They may also gently hold or cradle various parts of the body to facilitate the release of tension.
Release of Restrictions
As the therapist identifies areas of restriction or imbalance, they use subtle manual techniques to encourage the release of tension and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes. This may involve gentle pressure, traction, or holding positions to encourage the body to self-correct.
CST is a holistic therapy acknowledging the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit. By addressing restrictions in the craniosacral system, practitioners believe they can influence and improve overall health and well-being.
Enhancing Fluid Movement
The goal of CST is to enhance the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the craniosacral system. This fluid plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and function of the central nervous system.
Balancing the Body
Craniosacral Therapy aims to identify and release restrictions or imbalances in the craniosacral system. By doing so, it promotes overall health and well-being.
Central Nervous System Support
Practitioners believe that by improving the functioning of the craniosacral system, treatments benefit the central nervous system, potentially addressing various conditions related to nervous system imbalances.
Craniosacral Therapy is used to address a variety of conditions, including headaches, migraines, chronic pain, stress-related disorders, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, and musculoskeletal issues. It is also employed as a complementary therapy for emotional and psychological well-being.
Clients may experience deep relaxation during a CST session. Some report a sense of warmth, gentle pulsations, or a release of tension. The overall goal is to enhance the body’s ability to self-regulate and promote a state of balance. The gentle manipulations are designed to create a sense of ease in the body, promoting a state of deep relaxation.
**Craniosacral and Marma Therapy are core treatments seamlessly integrated into every bodywork session.