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:

  • Pain relief

  • Improves the function of the central nervous system

  • Emotional relief

  • Helps resolve patterns of disorder

  • Relaxation and rejuvenation

CST may provide relief to anyone affected by:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Acute or chronic stress

  • Digestive issues

  • Menstrual pain

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Autism

  • Physical or emotional trauma

  • ADD and ADHD

  • Learning disabilities

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Emotional/mood disorders or difficulties

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Insomnia

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Stress and tension related disorders

  • Motor coordination disorders

  • Scoliosis

  • Orthopedic disorders

  • Chronic pain

  • Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

  • High blood pressure

  • Dizziness

  • Vertigo

  • Seizure disorders

  • 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

  • Acute Stroke

  • Cerebral aneurysm

  • Hemorrhage

  • Herniated medulla oblongata

  • Recent skull fracture

  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak

  • Spina bifida

  • Arnold Chiari Malformation

  • Severe concussion

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!