WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health and performance. Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system-- the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord. You endure stresses and strains, and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten, and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the craniosacral system and nearly every other system in your body. CST releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch, starting with about the weight of a nickel, practitioners evaluate you for strain patterns. They then use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find. By freeing the central nervous system to preform at its best, CST has been shown to naturally reduce pain and stress, strengthen your resistance to disease, and enhance your health and well-being.
HOW DID CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY BEGIN?
CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger. Dr. Upledger served from 1975-1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. It was during those years that his team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists, and bioengineers was tasked with performing experiments to test the existence and influence of the craniosacral system. The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the craniosacral system, and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went on to develop CST and other complementary modalities that are now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through Upledger Institute International's educational programs.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A SESSION?
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded table. Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your head and body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas, and improve the form and function of your central nervous system. A CST session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to facilitate powerful changes. What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.
HOW CAN CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY HELP?
CST improves your body's ability to take better care of you. The body is a self-correcting mechanism. There is an innate ability of the human body to heal itself. Some practitioners refer to this as the Inner Physician. When the skin in lacerated, this self-correcting mechanism responds with an elaborate process to close the skin. Immune responses and inflammatory responses are also indicative of the body's self healing abilities. CranioSacral Therapy involves facilitating or enhancing the body's own natural capacity to heal when trauma or disease processes become overwhelming for the system. It has been shown to help people with a full spectrum of pain and dysfunction, including:
Migraines and headaches
Chronic neck and back pain
Stress and tension-related disorders
Central Nervous System Disorders
Learning differences (ADD, ADHD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
And many other conditions!
I am currently enrolled for studies with the Upledger Institute and am preparing for another CST seminar in 2024! As a student of this modality I am offering a discount on 60min dedicated CranioSacral Therapy sessions. These appointments will be very different from your typical massage experience because you will remain fully clothed and lay face-up on the table for the duration of the treatment. I will be practicing a regimented approach called The Ten Step Protocol which incorporates a full body assessment with hands-on treatment techniques. Come discover CranioSacral Therapy and the healing power of gentle touch!