Craniosacral Therapy (also known as Cranial-Sacral Therapy, or CST), is a gentle, soft-touch type of therapeutic massage that taps into the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Using specifically designed, light pressure techniques, CST releases restrictions in the skull, spine, and sacrum. Removing these compressions in the Craniosacral system can relieve pain and promote the body’s path to self-regeneration.
Comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, the Craniosacral system has its own rhythm. CST practitioners use a very light touch to monitor this rhythm and pinpoint sources of obstruction and stress in the body. Once located, the therapist assists the release of the restriction through gentle massage of the bones in the skull (including the face and mouth), spine, and pelvis. Once the restriction is removed, and the cerebrospinal fluid can return to its natural rhythm, the body’s own healing process takes over.
Because CST is focused on the physiological system surrounding the brain, nerves, and spine, it can dramatically affect both the physical and mental health of person receiving treatment. CST has proven particularly effective for sufferers of chronic migraine headaches because of its focus on manipulating the central nervous system, which receives and distributes sensory signals–which include pain–throughout the body.
In addition to easing the severity of migraines, calming the nervous system, and reducing stress, CST has also been shown to provide benefits to people suffering from a number of chronic disorders including:
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Motor-coordination impairments
- Central nervous system disorders
- Orthopedic problems
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
- Learning disabilities
- Chronic fatigue
- Emotional difficulties
- Stress and tension-related problems
- Fibromyalgia and other connective-tissue disorders
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
- Neurovascular or immune disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Post-surgical dysfunction
If you are interested in Craniosacral Therapy, book your session with Sarah.