Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a unique method of evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using light touch, generally no greater than the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system, restoring central nervous system balance, and improving overall health and wellbeing. Complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is used as both preventive therapy for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and also for a wide range of chronic and acute medical conditions associated with pain and dysfunction.
Craniosacral Physiology and Health
The craniosacral system is composed of bones in the head and spine, as well as the fluid surrounding the central nervous system. Ideally, there should be an uninterrupted flow of this fluid, allowing the brain, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems to function properly. Oftentimes, however, everyday emotional and physical stress can create tension in the craniosacral system, leading to restrictions that disrupt its natural rhythm. Because of the direct effect this has on the central nervous system, these restrictions can contribute to symptoms of sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sinusitis, physical pain, and other common conditions.
During a Craniosacral Session
After a brief check-in, patients recline on the treatment table to prepare for craniosacral therapy. With gentle pressure, our physicians evaluate the craniosacral system, testing for ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Non-invasive, soft-touch manipulations are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system, typically around the ankles and feet, knees, low back, shoulders, and head. During this restorative therapy, patients should experience deep relaxation and revitalization, which can lead to both physical and emotional long-term healing.