CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your health. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few bodystructures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system – the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinalcord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system – and the performance of nearly every other system in the body.
CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch – starting with about the weight of a nickel – practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.
By freeing the Central Nervous System to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease and enhances yo r health. And because it’s so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy address?
CranioSacral Therapy improves your body’s ability to take better care of you. It addresses the nervous system, muscular system, and brain and helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness, and dysfunction, including:
Migraines and headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Central Nervous System Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Depression and Anxiety
Research is currently being done on diseases of the elderly such as Alzheimers and Dementia.
What can I expect from a session?
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place on a massage table while fully clothed. Your therapist begins by gently touching parts of the body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system.
By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your therapist can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.
Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problems and improve the form and function of your nervous system. CranioSacral Therapy sessions can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create more powerful effects.
What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.
How was this gentle CranioSacral Therapy developed?
CST was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician featured in TIME magazine as one of America’s next wave of innovators. From 1975 to 1983, Dr.Upledger was a professor of biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.
While there, he led a tem of anatomists, physiologist, biophysicists and bioengineers who performed and published the clinical research that formed the basis for the approach he named CranioSacral Therapy.
In 1985, Dr. Upledger founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. Nearly 100,000 therapists have since been trained in CranioSacral Therapy.