Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and non evasive technique used to evaluating and treat the function of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. CST was developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., in the 1970s and is based on the theories of William Sutherland an osteopath from the early 1900s.

The Craniosacral system consists of the membranes connective tissue and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include;

Autism, Anxiety, Central Nervous System Disorders, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Colic, Depression, Emotional Difficulties, Fibromyalgia, Connective Tissue Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Migraine Headaches, Motor Coordination Impairments, Neurovascular disorders, Immune Disorders, Orthopedic Problems, Pediatric Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post Surgical Stresses, Scoliosis, Stress and Tension Related Problems, Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ), Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries.

In the Craniosacral system a rhythm arises out of the Central Nervous System and the Cerebrospinal Fluid that surrounds it. It can be felt throughout the body's tissues and is fundamental to the healthy functioning of all the other body systems. When the rhythm becomes restricted or blocked, discomfort and, eventually, disease processes set in. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle way of working with the body that utilizes the Cranial Rhythm in a diagnostic and therapeutic way.

What do Craniosacral Therapist's do?
Using a very light touch Craniosacral Therapists are trained to detect disturbances in the rhythm and resolve them. This is not done through direct manipulation, but by stimulating the Cranial Rhythm in such a way that encourages a return to normal functioning. Patients are often surprised that so a light touch can produce such profound results. This is because, although the practitioner's touch is light, it is not superficial. It is interacting with the Cranial Rhythm in a focused way, hence facilitating a return to healthy functioning from the core to the periphery of the body.

Does Craniosacral Therapy have any side effects?
As Craniosacral Therapy does not impose upon the body, but stimulates it's inherent capacity for health, side effects are not a factor. However, as the body shifts from states of disease to states of health there may be a period of adjustment in which things are a bit unsettled.

Many experiences may leave patterns of traumatic holding in the body. These may be extreme life threatening events such as motor vehicle accidents or the emotional trauma of abuse. Craniosacral Therapy has been used very successfully to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans of war . Simple accidents such as a bad fall or blow may also leave residue patterns in the tissues. Perhaps the incident happened at a time when we were very stressed or we have been brought up to 'pull ourselves together and get on with it', thus not allowing ourselves to process the shock in our systems. Emotional issues such as relationship break ups, moving home, changing job and everyday stresses and strains can also either temporarily overwhelm us or become more deeply ingrained within us, limiting our ability to move on in life. Childhood experiences, birth trauma and even prenatal events leave very powerful shapes, for as we grow we are shaped around these shapes, just a tree may grow and shape itself around a fence or pole.

What Will I Feel Like After A CST Treatment?
If you have anything important to do after a treatment be sure to tell your therapist before the treatment to make sure you are not put into to deep of a state of relaxation. It is common to feel like a new person after a CST treatment. Many people report life altering experiences during and after a treatment. You may feel light headed and euphoric immediately after a treatment.