CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
The CranioSacral system includes the brain, spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This therapy uses gentle touch to affect the flow of the cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI) which is an integral part of the body’s physiological and mechanical structure that sends impulses to the body’s connective tissue, called fascia.
Fascia networks throughout the entire system, from muscles to organs and is related to any injury, deeply held physical pain and discomfort. Evidence also suggests that emotional trauma can be released during craniosacral therapy.
CranioSacral therapy can be effective for central nervous system disorders, TMJ syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines and headaches, stress, anxiety, chronic neck and back pain, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, birth trauma and many other conditions.
60 minutes is the minimum suggested for first-time treatments in order to complete a full session. 30 minute sessions may be appropriate for those who have had previous craniosacral treatments as bodies tend to respond more quickly after craniosacral treatments have begun.
Client stays clothed during treatment and should wear loose comfortable clothing.