Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork that uses gentle touch to affect the craniosacral and fascial systems of the body. It’s a gentle, non-invasive, and effective therapy.
Craniosacral Therapy recognizes an energetic connection between all parts of our being—body structure (physical), emotions/feelings/thoughts, spiritual well-being, and the rhythm of our breath: the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM). The PRM is an impulse generated in the fluid surrounding our brain and spinal cord. It regulates all of our body’s functions, including heartbeat, blood pressure, temperature regulation, digestion, and elimination. Craniosacral work aims to release tensions deep within the central nervous system by freeing restrictions in both the fascia covering skeletal muscle and membranes surrounding organs using this rhythmic impulse or wave.
Disruptions to this rhythm can manifest as disease or problems in any part of our being. Craniosacral therapy supports the natural rhythmic impulse of the body through gentle touch applied to about 60 points on the craniosacral system located throughout the head, neck, shoulders, back, hips, abdomen, arms, legs, ankles, and feet.
A craniosacral session usually lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. During this time, gentle pressure is applied to your head and neck, as well as holding various positions that may affect particular areas (such as the hips), then gently easing them again. During the treatment, you might notice tingling sensations, a floating feeling, or a sense of warmth.
Some of the conditions that can benefit from CST:
- Chronic pain
- Migraine headache
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Fascial adhesions
- Neurodegenerative diseases