CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well being than your central nervous system. Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system in your body. CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self correct. Using a light touch starting with about the weight of a nickel, practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.
By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well being. And because it's so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
It helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction, including:
Migraines & Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension Related Disorders
Motor Coordination Impairments
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord injuries
Central Nervous System Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
And Many Other Conditions
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table. The therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, the practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.
A CranioSacral Therapy session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects. What you experience in your session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.
CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger, an osteopathic physician and professor of biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. He led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers who performed and published clinical research that formed the basis for the approach he named CranioSacral Therapy. In 1985, he founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this approach. Nearly 100,000 therapists have been trained since then.