CranioSacral Therapy

Following the 10-step protocol for CranioSacral Therapy developed by John Upledger starting in the mid-1970s, this light-touch technique (about the pressure of the weight of a 5 cent coin) works through the craniosacral system to facilitate its function and thereby normalize the environment in which the central nervous system functions. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, chronic fatigue, stress and tension-related problems, TMJ syndrome, etc.

How does it work?

The craniosacral system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the cranium (skull, face and mouth) down to the sacrum (tailbone area). Any restrictions in this system can directly affect all aspects of central nervous system performance. A CST practitioner palpates the craniosacral rhythm to find any such restrictions in the body and then uses the craniosacral rhythm and system as a guide to correct the restrictions. Release of restrictions is achieved by very gentle hand pressure and holding the position and waiting for the tissue to release.

In a typical CST session, you are lying face-up and fully dressed on the massage table. CST can also be incorporated into a regular massage session when called for. Before the session, CST can help prepare the body to relax and receive the techniques that follow. During the session it can help release areas of restriction to come to light. Afterward, it can balance the body and help it to retain the gains made.

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