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CranioSacral Therapy, Cranial Sacral Massage




CranioSacral Therapy

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle, light touch approach that releases tension in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax, self correct and free itself of pain and discomfort.


Craniosacral Therapy releases tension deep in the fascia of the body to relieve pain and dysfunction as well as improve whole body performance. The craniosacral system has a a strong impact on the central nervous system. When the body endures stress and pain, it affects the soft tissues and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord, which compromises the function of the central nervous system and the performance of all other systems in the body. Craniosacral Therapy releases the tension and allows the entire body to self-correct. Using a gentle touch, practitioners evaluate the internal environment and release any restrictions found in the body. By freeing the central nervous system to perform at it’s best, CST naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens the body’s resistance to disease, and enhances health and well-being. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.

What Will My CranioSacral Therapy Session Be Like?

CST can be performed with the clients fully dressed lying comfortably on a massage table, or techniques can be incorporated into a traditional massage. A typical CST session takes about an hour to an hour and half. The therapist first feels the
CranioSacral rhythm throughout the body to determine where restrictions might be and then, by placing his/her hands gently on different parts of the body and head, the therapist will assist your body in releasing restrictions. Since the practitioner uses such a light touch, your body does not see it as a threat, and your nervous system relaxes. When your central nervous system is in this relaxed state, healing can occur.

During the session some clients can feel the tissues in their bodies moving, others simply feel relaxed.

The Craniosacral System
CranioSacral System

The craniosacral system extends from the skull or the cranium down to the tailbone or sacrum.

It consists of the membranes, soft tissues,and fluid that surrounds, supports and protects the brain and spinal cord.

Few body systems have more impact on our central nervous system than the craniosacral system.


Each person has a craniosacral rhythm
, resulting from the increase and decrease of cerebrospinal fluid produced and reabsorbed in and around the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It can be palpated by the hands.

The subtle rhythm can be felt by a practitioner trained in CranioSacral Therapy. This regular rhythm can be felt all over the body. It is similar to the rhythms that can be felt when the pulse of the heart is evaluated.

The craniosacral rhythm, when felt in different parts of the body, can be used to diagnose asymmetry or unbalanced motion, which can suggest that normal body functions may be disturbed. When body functions are disturbed, symptoms may develop. A practitioner in CranioSacral Therapy can usually help the body reestablish balanced motion with gentle subtle techniques.

Some of the conditions CST addresses:

         Migraine Headaches

         Chronic Neck and Back Pain

         Motor-Coordination Impairments

         Central Nervous System Disorders

         Stress and tension-related disorders

         Orthopedic Problems

         Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries


         Learning Disabilities

         Chronic Fatigue

         Emotional Difficulties

         Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders

         Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

         Neurovascular or Immune Disorders

         Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

         Post-Surgical Dysfunction

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