What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle, light touch approach
that releases tension in the central nervous system so that every
other system in the body can relax, self correct and free itself of
pain and discomfort.
Craniosacral Therapy releases tension deep in the fascia of the body to relieve pain and dysfunction as well as improve whole body performance. The craniosacral system has a a strong impact on the central nervous system. When the body endures stress and pain, it affects the soft tissues and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord, which compromises the function of the central nervous system and the performance of all other systems in the body.
Craniosacral Therapy releases the tension and allows the entire body to self-correct. Using a gentle touch, practitioners evaluate the internal environment and release any restrictions found in the body. By freeing the central nervous system to perform at it’s best, CST naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens the body’s resistance to disease, and enhances health and well-being. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.
What Will My CranioSacral Therapy Session Be
CST can be performed with the clients fully dressed lying
comfortably on a massage table, or techniques can be incorporated into
a traditional massage. A typical CST session takes about an hour to an
hour and half. The therapist first feels the
throughout the body to determine where restrictions might be and then,
by placing his/her hands gently on different parts of the body and
head, the therapist will assist your body in releasing restrictions.
Since the practitioner uses such a light touch, your body does not see
it as a threat, and your nervous system relaxes. When your central
nervous system is in this relaxed state, healing can occur.
During the session some clients can feel the tissues in their bodies moving,
others simply feel relaxed.
The Craniosacral System
The craniosacral system extends from the skull or
the cranium down to the tailbone or sacrum.
consists of the membranes, soft tissues,and fluid that
surrounds, supports and protects the brain and spinal cord.
Few body systems have more impact on our central
nervous system than the craniosacral system.
Each person has a craniosacral rhythm, resulting from
increase and decrease of cerebrospinal fluid produced and reabsorbed
in and around the central nervous system (brain
and spinal cord). It can be palpated by the hands.
The subtle rhythm can be felt by a practitioner
trained in CranioSacral Therapy. This regular rhythm can be felt all
over the body. It is similar to the rhythms that can be felt when the
pulse of the heart is evaluated.
The craniosacral rhythm, when felt in different parts of the body, can be
used to diagnose asymmetry or unbalanced motion, which can suggest
that normal body functions may be disturbed. When body functions are
disturbed, symptoms may develop. A practitioner in CranioSacral
Therapy can usually help the body reestablish balanced motion with
gentle subtle techniques.
Some of the conditions CST addresses:
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord
Fibromyalgia and other
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
Neurovascular or Immune
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder