Craniosacral therapy (CST), also called cranial therapy or craniosacral massage, is applied with non-invasive, soft touch to manipulate body tissue in the the skull and sacrum area (the large, triangular bone at the base of the spinal column). Additional massage and manipulation techniques may also be used around the joints and spine to relax the muscles. Performed on a massage table, the client is fully clothed. This subtle therapy is gentle, relaxing and has healing benefits for the body and one’s stress levels. Some clients report pleasant tingling sensation throughout their bodies during treatment.
Light touch manipulations from a Craniosacral massage therapist reacts with the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid). By activating and releasing restrictions in the craniosacral system, the functioning of the central nervous system is improved and issues linked to the deterioration of the central nervous system, like chronic pain, motor coordination impairments and eye problems, can be eased. Craniosacral massage therapy also encourages the body’s natural healing components, lightens the harsh effects of stress, and increases body health and resistance to disease.
CST has been proven to be effective in treating a wide range of medical problems affiliated with uncomfort and dysfunction. These problems include:
CST is based on a theory that the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, has subtle, rhythmic pulsations that are vital to health and can be detected and modified by a skilled CST practitioner. It was back in the nineteenth century through the work of Andrew Taylor Still’s system of osteopathic medicine that the basis for CST begun being laid. Pioneered by William G. Sutherland, when he started researching and developing Cranial Osteopathy, and refined by the research of John E. Upledger, Craniosacral Therapy was founded.