What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on the wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. This therapy stems from osteopathy, which is an approach that emphasizes the role of the musculo-skeletal system in health and disease.
In a typical sixty to ninety minute session, the client lies quietly, fully clothed, while the practitioner makes light contact at specific points around the head and neck area, torso, knees, and feet. This light contact consists of gentle finger pressure, with practically no bone manipulation and no forceful thrusts such as those used in chiropractic work or osteopathy.
The practitioner notes what she perceives at selected points on the body and in the craniosacral system (this is the membranes and cerebro-spinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord), as well as the client’s attitude and intentions. The goal of craniosacral therapy is to help get rid of restrictions in this system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
Every day you endure stresses and strains which your body absorbs. Your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. This chronic tension can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is effective for a wide range of health problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Migraine and other Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-related Disorders
- Complementary Cancer Care
- Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Emotional/Neurovascular Disorders
- TMJ Syndrome
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Many Other Conditions
How could it benefit your health and well-being?
CranioSacral therapy does no harm when practiced sensitively and respectfully by a trained practitioner. It often supports a shift in attitude in the client toward a more direct and intimate sense of their own well-being, a feeling of “being more at peace with oneself.” It also supports a natural shift to self-acceptance, a more natural capacity for loving relations, and a sense of being more connected to life.