Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy

What is it?

Craniosacral therapy, also called CST, is a very gentle non-invasive hands-on approach to therapy. It is a method of alternative medicine to enhance the body’s natural healing processes. It is used by acupuncturists, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, nurses, dentists and doctors.

Experiences during a CST session may differ greatly from one session to another. At times a client may feel a sense of deep relaxation. At others he may recall hidden memories or express emotions. In general CST helps the body to resume its natural healing process.

How does it work?

CST involves assessing and addressing the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can be restricted by trauma to the body such as accidents, nervous tension, etc. By gently working with the spine, the skull and its cranial bones, diaphragms and fascia, the restrictions are eased and the movement of CSF through the spinal cord can be optimized. Even misaligned bones can be restored to their proper position.

Benefits and conditions treated

Here are some conditions that may be treated with CranioSacral Therapy:

  • anxiety
  • whiplash
  • asthma
  • insomnia
  • attention deficit disorder
  • autism
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • TMJ syndrome
  • neck and back pain
  • depression
  • headaches & migraines
  • learning disabilities
  • sciatica
  • poor digestion
  • stress
  • an absence of general well being

Craniosacral therapy is so gentle it is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly.

Preparing for your session and expectations

In a CranioSacral Therapy session you usually lie down fully clothed on a treatment table. Please wear comfortable non-binding clothes. Pants are suitable. Athletic cotton clothing is ideal.

A session usually lasts for one hour.

Contraindications and precautions

There are certain situations where the use of CST is not recommended. These conditions are:

  • recent brain hemorrhage, stroke, aneurysm or other preexisting bleeding disorders.
  • recent puncture in the craniosacral system.
  • recent fracture of skull bones, vertebral column or ribs.

If you have any concerns about CST please consult with your physician first.