A little something for mind & soul
My journey into the world of alternative health care started after my first craniosacral treatment back in 2008. When I first sought craniosacral therapy, I suffered from panic attacks and vertigo. At the time, I was amazed at the rapid improvements in my health immediately after every treatment. My health concerns have since wholly resolved thanks to this therapy and without pharmaceutical interventions. After my initial progress with craniosacral therapy, I decided to include it on an ongoing basis as part of my health maintenance routine. It wasn’t until after twelve years of seeing my craniosacral therapist regularly that I decided to pursue this fascinating realm on my own.
Frequently Asked Questions
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch, manual therapy that releases tensions, as well as restrictions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve overall health. CST was developed by Osteopathic Physician, John E. Upledger after extensive clinical research at Michigan State University. Established in 1985, Upledger Institute International has trained more than 125,000 therapists worldwide and offers more than 600 courses in 50 countries.
- Cancer Treatment
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Concussion Syndrome
- Headaches and Migraines
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Neck and Back Pain
- Orthopedic Problems
- Spinal Cord
- Injuries Stress and Tension Related Disorders
- TMJ Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
A typical CST session lasts from 45-60 minutes, and takes place in a quiet, private setting. CST is performed with the client fully clothed and lying on a comfortable massage table. Using a light touch, the therapist evaluates or “listens to” the body for tension patterns and imbalances. The craniosacral system is accessed and treated using the bones and connective tissue. Skilled CST therapists can enhance fluid flow and balance membrane tension, helping to bring increased vitality to the system. Releasing chronic tension patterns and enhancing fluid motility allows the body’s healing mechanisms to operate more effectively, imparting greater balance and ease. What is experienced during a CST session is highly individualized. Some say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. Sometimes, circumstances are recalled surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused the body stress. While this doesn’t happen every time, this process called “SomatoEmotional Release” is perfectly normal and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.
Just as each individual experiences CST sessions differently, the results can be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours. Or you may leave full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days. Since CST helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it’s common for your improvements to continue weeks after the session. You may also experience a reorganization phase as your body releases previously held patterns and adapts to a new state of wellness.
Because CST is effective as a preventive health measure, almost anyone can benefit from a session. The extremely light touch makes this therapy suitable for even the most sensitive of individuals.
There are a few situations in which CST is not recommended. They include any condition in which slight variations in intracranial pressure would cause instability, such as acute aneurysm, recent skull fracture, and cerebral hemorrhage or other severe bleeding disorder. If you have any questions about whether these situations apply to you, seek the advice of your physician before receiving a CST session.