What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?
Craniosacral Therapy is the gentle manipulation of the Craniosacral System. The practitioner assesses the craniosacral rhythm and gently moves and tractions the cranial bones, sacrum, and transverse fascial diaphragms in the trunk of the body. This helps release limitations and tensions on the craniosacral system and allows the cerebrospinal fluid to optimally reach the central nervous system. Once restrictions are lifted from the fascial layers and Craniosacral System, the body can get back to its natural desired state of homeostasis.
What does it feel like?
The motions of CST are gentle and intentional and very relaxing. You can learn more about the experience here.
Who can benefit?
I believe that anyone can benefit from this intuitive and full-body approach to healing. The Craniosacral System directly affects the nervous system, which controls every other system in the body. When the nervous system relaxes, a beautiful space of healing can be attained.
CST has a variety of benefits, including the following:
Improves the function of the central nervous system
Helps resolve patterns of disorder
Relaxation and rejuvenation
CST may provide relief to anyone affected by:
Acute or chronic stress
Headaches and migraines
Physical or emotional trauma
ADD and ADHD
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)
Emotional/mood disorders or difficulties
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Spinal cord injuries
Stress and tension related disorders
Motor coordination disorders
Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
High blood pressure
Sensory integration dysfunction (sensory overload)
When is a good time to get CST?
Bodywork in general is great to get regularly to maintain physical and mental well-being. CST may be administered seasonally (4 times a year as seasons change) to help the body adjust to pressure and temperature changes. It is suggested when experiencing any of the conditions listed above or before and after any predicted stressors or emotional difficulties arise. Some people enjoy getting bodywork once a week or once a month. Every body is different and reacts to bodywork in its own way. You may try it and find that you love it and want to experience it more frequently, or you may notice that it works when you have trouble sleeping and you may want to get a session during periods of sleepless nights. Or you may be recovering from a traumatic event or a period of emotional stress and you have heard that CST can help. I encourage you to keep your mind open to the possibilities!
Who shouldn’t receive CST?
Because of the physiology of the Craniosacral System, CST is not recommended for people experiencing the following conditions:
Increased intracranial pressure
Herniated medulla oblongata
Recent skull fracture
Cerebrospinal fluid leak
Arnold Chiari Malformation
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like clarification or further explanation of anything you just read, please reach out. I would love to hear from you!