CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands -on technique, pioneered by Dr. John E. Upledger.
Though named for the bones, the cranium and the sacrum, the craniosacral system consists of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord, and the fluid that nourishes and protects these.
The membrane (known as the dura) attaches inside the skull, around the opening at the base of the skull and is continuous to the tailbone. The cerebral spinal fluid within the dura is produced and reabsorbed through the system creating a “pulse” or craniosacral rhythm of 6-12 cycles per minute. The craniosacral rhythm is distinct from the cardiac pulse or respiratory rhythm and can be felt throughout the body.
Assessing the craniosacral rhythm, how strong it is, how it feels from one side of the body to the other, enables a CranioSacral Therapist to pinpoint where restrictions are in the body. Using this evaluation tool, the therapist is better able to address the core of an issue rather than solely the symptoms.
The CranioSacral system is accessed and treated using the bones and connective tissue around it. An imbalance at the core of the system can telegraph to the more superficial tissues, and injury or trauma in the bones and tissues can create dysfunction in the CranioSacral system.
The process of CranioSacral Therapy works to bring balance back to the whole system. Releasing chronic tension patterns and enhancing fluid motility allows the body’s own healing mechanisms to operate more effectively. A CST session is performed with the client fully clothed, lying on a comfortable massage table. Safe and effective for infants, children and adults, CST can be useful in addressing many conditions including: ϖ Chronic pain ϖ Headaches ϖ Fibromyalgia ϖ Chronic Fatigue ϖ TMJ ϖ Rheumatic conditions ϖ Post-Traumatic Stress disorder ϖ ADD/ADHD ϖ Scoliosis