About Cranial Sacral Therapy
At the heart of Cranial Sacral Therapy, is the promotion of wellness. Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), also known as Craniosacral Therapy, is a non invasive approach of light manual touch, or palpitation of the skull, spine and membranes to effect changes in cerebral spinal fluid.
Imbalances or disruptions in healthy cerebral spinal function can occur as a result of various forms of illnesses and physical or emotional trauma. The central nervous system is vital to the functioning of all of the bodies processes.
The Cranial Sacral Therapist feels and observes the cranial rhythm and pulse of cerebral spinal fluid, just as other practitioners listen to the bodies pulse, heart beat or respiratory system. Through a highly relaxing, gentle touch approach, the Cranial Sacral Therapist effects changes in the cerebral spinal flow, relieving tension, blockages and disruption in the nervous system.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is performed fully clothed on a massage table in a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The Therapist works with the person being treated for usually an hour.
At the end of the hour most patients will note a feeling of deep relaxation, often a feeling of well-being, at times more mental clarity in addition to reduction of targeted symptoms.
Cranial Sacral Therapy itself, has a long tradition having been first formally practiced about 100 years ago by Dr. William Sutherland, an Osteopath. However, similar practices in various forms, may go back as far as 2000 years to ancient China. Since the origin of western approaches to CST, there have been multiple influences furthering the field of CST, including the work of Osteopathic Physician, Roland Becker and Dr. R. Paul Lee and Dr. John Upledger, Founder of the Upledger Institute, to name a few. My practice is based on the work of Dr. Franklin Sills, the founder of Cranial Sacral Biodynamic Therapy. CST is practiced in many parts of the world.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is not a substitute for the use of other medical practices.