CranioSacral Therapy

Restores balance and symmetry in the body

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a deeply relaxing, gentle hands-on method of releasing tissue restrictions throughout the head, spine, and body creating better alignment and freedom of movement so the body can self-correct and free itself from pain and other health conditions. 

Gentle listening hands begin by evaluating restrictions in the body. While holding an area, observations are made by evaluating the symmetry or asymmetry, the rate, the quality of motion or lack thereof, and the amplitude of motion within the body.  Like the crescendo or diminuendo of music or the ebb and flow of the ocean, the body has a constant rhythm of expansion and contraction.

Tuning into the flow of motion within the body allows the therapist to notice areas that are hot, cold, buzzing, stuck, sluggish, restricted, compressed, torqued, sheared, twisted, jammed, bent, or other indications.  These areas are then addressed in the order of priority by holding the area and following the tissue in the direction of ease. 

As an area is held, it begins to go through various levels of tissue release and many sensations can be felt throughout the body.  As the tissue releases, various bodily responses occur throughout the body, such as, a therapeutic pulse, heat, tingling, sighs, yawns, tissue softening, sudden jerks, and stomach and intestinal gurgling.  As areas release, the body is re-evaluated for the next area of priority. The process of evaluation and releasing continues until the body no longer pulls attention into an area. 

During the releases, thoughts, emotions, colors, smells, memories, events, people, work, money and other environmental factors may come to mind.  Since tissue has memory, it is natural for aspects to float to the surface for release.  You may find the need to move your body in certain ways. This is encouraged and is part of the way your body needs to release the restrictions. By listening and following in the direction of ease, CST gently allows the body to self-correct, regaining harmony, balance, alignment, movement, and restoring communication and flow within the body, allowing the body to heal.

  • CST is frequently integrated with other modalities such as Lymph Drainage, Scar Tissue Release, Reflexology, Reiki, Vicersal Manipulation, Trigger Point, Massage, Stretching, Range of Motion, BodyTalk, and any other technique that might become a priority as the session progresses
  • Some people are more able to feel the subtleties of what is happening during a session than others, so if you don't sense anything, that's okay too   
  • The more you release, the more you will be able to feel the changes as they happen
  • Children are the most receptive because they are more in tune to the rhythms and respond freely
  • Sessions are done fully clothed and  loose comfortable clothing is recommended

Areas benefiting from CranioSacral Therapy include:

  • Computer mouse hand, arm, and shoulder relief
  • Repetitive stress conditions
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Falls, accidents, injuries, and traumas
  • PTSD, ADD, and ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Migraines - Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • Scoliosis
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Dental work
  • Pre and post-surgery recovery
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Tension-related problems
  • Sleep
  • Balance and alignment
  • Energy and wellness  

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 No techniques talked about on this website are meant to replace allopathic medical modalities, but they can act in integration with them.  Please check with your healthcare practitioner if you are not sure.  Some therapies might have certain contraindications, so please make sure your therapist is kept up to date on any health issues.  We each need to be the CEO of our own team of healthcare practitioners. It is strongly encouraged that everyone take charge of their own health, and develop an integrative healthcare team of support professionals for all your varying needs.