Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle type of bodywork that can create dramatic improvements in your life. Also called CST, or cranial osteopathy, it is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique, developed by an American osteopathic physician almost one hundred years ago. It’s very light touch releases restrictions deep in the body to relieve dysfunction and pain thus improving whole body health.
Our nervous system has a huge impact over our body and few systems in the body have more impact on the central nervous system than the craniosacral system. This consists of the soft tissue and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Throughout life, our body absorbs many stresses and strains physically,emotionally, and mentally. Over time these can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system in the body. Craniosacral therapy releases these restrictions to allow the entire body to relax and self correct.
By using the hands as sensitive tools, Craniosacral therapists are able to detect disturbances in the craniosacral rhythm to help them identify areas of dysfunction, such as cranial, sutural, membrane, and other soft tissue restrictions in the body.
A typical Craniosacral therapy session takes approximately one hour and as a client you remain fully clothed. The practitioner will stand or sit positioned at various points of your head, torso or feet. At times your practitioner may also support your limbs and spine while helping your body release accumulated tension.
What you experience during a CST session is highly individual. Some people say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. You may even recall circumstances surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused your body stress. While it doesn’t occur in every session, this aspect of the process – called SomatoEmotional Release – is perfectly normal, and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.
Because each individual response to CST is unique, the number of sessions needed to resolve any particular condition varies widely. While one session may give you the relief you need, your situation may require more therapy before it’s completely alleviated. It is best to consult with your Craniosacral therapist to access your individual needs.
Craniosacral therapy can be effective for all ages from newborn to elders.