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Craniosacral therapy

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What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique that uses light touch to assess and treat membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension throughout the central nervous system promotes pain relief, myofascial balance, and health. (Cleveland Clinic). Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle and powerful approach to facilitating the body to heal, rest, rebalance, and recover via the parasympathetic nervous system.

Craniosacral stems from the Osteopathic tradition which developed light-touch manipulations to the head, neck, spine, and pelvis called osteopathic, or cranial, manipulation. Traditional osteopaths, those typically not trained in the United States, utilize a holistic approach to medicine similar to Chiropractors.

How does CST work?

CST helps in freeing fascial and structural restrictions along the spine in relation to the spinal membrane, cranial bones, and neuromyofascial system. Through injury and trauma, we store tension in our connective tissue, muscle, and nervous system that requires specific treatment. Craniosacral Therapy infuses science and art, diagnostics and intuition into one therapeutic experience.

The parasympathetic nervous system, or PNS, is the rest and digest division of the autonomic nervous system. When experiencing acute stress, our sympathetic nervous system, or fight-or-flight response, engages to react to danger. When living in a chronic state of stress it’s difficult to fully access the PNS, which is where we feel safe, secure, comfortable, and where rest and recovery occur. The PNS is directly activated by the Craniosacral practitioner by placing hands or fingers on specific areas of the cranium and sacrum (the head and lower spine).

Research shows cst helps these conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • TMJ
  • Eye pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Myofascial pain syndromes
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Fascial adhesions
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuro-degenerative diseases
  • Multiple sclerosis
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What to expect from a craniosacral therapy session:

Clients report feeling a sense of ease where they hold tension in their bodies during and after a Craniosacral session. They often leave feeling a deep sense of relaxation, calmness, and whole-body integration. The therapy is best performed with the client fully clothed, however, it can be safely integrated into a massage session with proper draping.

craniosacral therapy Contraindications:

  • Recent concussion.
  • Cerebral swelling.
  • Structural defects in the cerebellum such as Arnold-Chiari malformation.
  • Brain aneurysm.
  • Recent traumatic brain injury.
  • Blood clots.
  • Any disorder that causes instability of cerebral fluid pressure, flow or build-up.

CST Qualifications:

  • Craniosacral Level 1 & 2 – East West College of the Healing Arts: Instructor Cyr Foote (Upledger Trained)
  • “Rhythm and Touch”- Arnold, PhD
  • Hugh Milne’s, DO renowned book series “The Heart of Listening”
  • “Cranial Osteopathy”- Liem