What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch, manual therapy that enhances the body’s natural healing abilities. It was discovered by the osteopath Dr. John Upledger, and is constantly developing into a method of preventative treatment for all ages (starting from birth!) to aid with a myriad of ailments. This is done by the therapist’s gentle palpation, evaluation and treatment of restrictions throughout the body. The focus of this work is to use light, gentle methods of touch to help lessen structural strain, so our bodies can function at optimal levels, thus improving our ability to heal more efficiently.
The basis of the work can target any area of tension in the body, as our fascial system (the connective tissue that covers every organ, nerve and muscle fiber) runs throughout our entire bodies, including our brain. Because of this, CST has many indications including headaches, disturbed sleep cycles, generalized tension in the joints or tissues, chronic sinusitis, chronic fatigue, neck pain, TMJ dysfunction, and trauma recovery, to name a few.

What happens in a CST session?

You are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing. The practitioner will generally begin at your feet, evaluating your system as a whole. Other hand placements of evaluation can include thighs, hips, ribs, shoulders and head. Gentle holding along these areas of the body is common, with techniques of facilitation included therein, always respecting your comfort level. Warmth, tingling, lengthening, energetic shifts and waves emotion are all common during a session. Your body has the ultimate treatment plan, so we trust the process and honor your comfort at all times. Sometimes the therapist will remain in one area for a longer period of time, allowing deeper restrictions to unwind. If indicated (by both your body and your consent), the therapist may offer CST mouth work – where nitrile gloves are put on, and gentle techniques to release the cheekbones, jaw, and surrounding tissues of the mouth are executed. This is by the discretion of the therapist and client together, as it is not typically done during your first experience of CST.