Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is an extremely gentle, light-touch manual therapy used to encourage the body’s self-correcting mechanisms. Generally using about five grams of pressure, or about the weight of a small coin, the practitioner tunes into your body’s craniosacral system. This system plays a vital role in maintaining the environment in which the central nervous system functions. It consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones-including the skull, face, and jaw, which make up the cranium, and the tailbone area, or sacrum. Since the brain and spinal cord are contained within the central nervous system, the craniosacral system has powerful influence over a wide variety of bodily functions (The Upledger Institute 2001).
The extremely light and gentle touch used in this therapy means that at no time should CST treatment cause damage, making it suitable people of all ages, and is perfect for people in fragile or acutely painful conditions.
Craniosacral therapists are trained to ‘listen’ with their hands by gently holding the head , neck or sacrum, they are able to detect the subtle rhythms and movements of the CST system. With the intention to encourage the body to release its tensions and restore a sense of equilibrium, leading to an easier, more energised way of functioning, encouraging a greater degree of spaciousness, stillness and peace.
Craniosacral Therapy can assist with:
- Migraines and headaches
- Acute neck or shoulder pain
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Motor coordination impairments
- Stress and tension related problems
- Poor sleep patterns
- Anxiety, panic or mild depression
- Chronic fatigue
- Central nervous system disorders
- Emotional difficulties
- Tempromandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Sinus issues
- And much more
Touch is such an important aspect of healing and is essential for humans to connect. If nothing else, having someone hold your head gently, with therapeutic intent for an hour is a wonderful experience and allows you to come to a point of stillness in a safe and nurturing environment. The power of touch should never be underestimated.
If you have any questions about this wonderful treatment, or would like to know if it is suitable for you, please feel free to give us a call or drop us an email. We’re always happy to answer your questions.