Cranial Sacral Therapy
At the heart of Craniosacral Therapy, is the promotion of wellness. Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), also known as Craniosacral Therapy, is a non - invasive approach of light manual touch, or palpitation of the skull, spine and membranes to effect changes in cerebral spinal fluid.
Imbalances or disruptions in healthy cerebral spinal function can occur as a result of various forms of illnesses and physical or emotional trauma. The central nervous system is vital to the functioning of all of the bodies processes.
CST is a delicate and effective form of bodywork, balancing the fluids, tissues and structures throughout the body. CST has a significant influence on the entire body because the Craniosacral System encloses the brain and spinal cord, making up the nervous and endocrine systems, thereby impacting whole body function.
Fluctuating fluids within the CST create a palpable rhythm which can be felt throughout the entire body. Areas with trauma or chronic tension relay dysfunctional movement patterns. Correcting these dysfunctional movement patterns, by positional release and easing restrictions in and around the CST, resolves pain and dis-ease in the body; ultimately enhancing the body’s innate healing process. All of our life’s experiences are held in our body. It is often the case when chronic dysfunction is unable to resolve, the body has a deeper and unmet need. This technique uses therapeutic dialogue, light touch and imagery to connect with the client’s nonconscious to release and find resolution to emotional and physical trauma held in the body.
Once the body is able to express stored emotions and deliver deep insight to the conscious mind, habitual patterns of dysfunction are resolved. No one knows better than the individual’s “Inner Physician” (this term was created by Dr. Upledger; founder of Craniosacral Therapy) what is needed for ultimate healing and resolution to dysfunction in their body. Clients leave with a greater connection and gratitude for self and are amazed how chronic pain and dis-ease are resolved.
All of our life’s experiences are held in our body. It is often the case when chronic dysfunction is unable to resolve, the body has a deeper and unmet need. This technique uses therapeutic dialogue, light touch and imagery to connect with the client’s nonconscious to release and find resolution to emotional and physical trauma held in the body.
Craniosacral Therapy is what is needed for ultimate healing and resolution to dysfunction in their body. Clients leave with a greater connection and gratitude for self and are amazed how chronic pain and dis-ease are resolved.
The Cranial Sacral Therapist feels and observes the cranial rhythm and pulse of cerebral spinal fluid, just as other practitioners listen to the bodies pulse, heart beat or respiratory system. Through a highly relaxing, gentle touch approach, the Cranial Sacral Therapist effects changes in the cerebral spinal flow, relieving tension, blockages and disruption in the nervous system.
What to Expect
Clients remain fully clothed and rest on a massage table for treatments in a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The therapist works with the person being treated usually for an hour.
The therapist will determine the treatment plan based on the verbal intake evaluation and feedback from the client’s body. The most important aspect of this treatment is promoting stillness and delicately listening and following the tissue to encourage release. The therapist may spend anywhere for 5 to 15 minutes unwinding one area of the body. This is a very deep and meditative treatment and clients often fall into a deep relaxation, know as Theta Brain-state.
At the end of the hour most patients will note a feeling of deep relaxation, often a feeling of well-being, at times more mental clarity in addition to reduction of targeted symptoms.
Cranial Sacral Therapy itself, has a long tradition having been first formally practiced about 100 years ago by Dr. William Sutherland, an Osteopath. However, similar practices in various forms, may go back as far as 2000 years to ancient China. Since the origin of western approaches to CST, there have been multiple influences furthering the field of CST, including the work of Osteopathic Physician, Roland Becker and Dr. R. Paul Lee and Dr. John Upledger, Founder of the Upledger Institute, to name a few. is based on the work of Dr. Franklin Sills, the founder of Cranial Sacral Biodynamic Therapy. CST is practiced in many parts of the world.
CST is not a substitute for the use of other medical practices.
Cranioscaral Therapy is a supportive treatment for the following:
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