What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a very relaxing light touch body work. The goal is to palpate &
explore the craniosacral system (bones, nerves, fluids, & fascia of the cranium and
spine), encourage homeostasis (balance and symmetry) in the craniosacral wave, release
restrictions hindering motility, and bear witness to any transformation that occurs.  

The Cranial-Sacral wave is the ebb and flow created by the hydraulic pump of cerebral
spinal fluid as it is produced & absorbed in the brain and flows down the Dural tube (in
spine) into the sacrum (the triangular bone at the back of the pelvis). It is also
connected with the movement of the Myofascial tissues in and around the skull, spine,
abdomen and pelvis that flow in relation to breathing, circulation, abdominal motility,
etc. The CS wave moves every bone in the cranium and can be observed in almost any
part of the body if you know how to listen to it. The CS wave is generally 6-12 times a
minute, but can vary in each individual. It can be affected by medical and psychological
conditions, skeletal displacements, stress & anxiety levels, energy deficiencies,
abdominal dysfunctions, etc.

Is it Energy Work?

It utilizes some energy work - working with the chakra energy portals, and may feel to
the client similar to energy work, but it is not, strictly speaking, energy work. Energy
work's main goal is to restore energy flow in the body. CST's main goal is to release
restrictions in a biomechanical system. It is hands on (touch is applied), and small
manipulations are done with the skeletal, nervous and myofascial systems.  


Light touch is generally applied to the bones of the skull, including intra-oral work,
sacrum, spine & feet, but may include other areas of the body. Small manipulations of
the bones and tissues are done in order to assess and release restrictions.


One of the most awesome techniques in Cranial Sacral Therapy is Myofascial unwinding.
This unwinding can occur anywhere in the body.
Fascia is the tissue that connects every
part of the body- skeletal, muscular, visceral, vascular, & nervous systems together. It's
that sticky translucent stuff. Restrictions (physical, energetic & psychological) can build
up in the fascial system causing pain and a decrease in movement, breath, and function.
Unwinding is a process of releasing restrictions in the fascia through gentle movements.

Benefits of CranioSacral Work

Facilitates healing for conditions like: TMJD, Headaches, Migraines, Head, Neck, & Sacral
Pain, Disoriented Feelings, Dyslexia, Disgraphia, Dizziness, Insomnia, Anxiety, Stress,
and many more. It has even been demonstrated to help improve mood and physical
calmness for kids with Cerebral Palsy.

Other Effects

New perceptions or insights, increased sleep, increased dream activity or more vivid
imagery, nostalgia, long forgotten memories may surface, acute and chronic conditions
are likely to shift, emotional release, integration of mind & body.

CranioSacral Development

CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician.
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 team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers
who performed and published clinical research that formed the basis for the approach he
named CranioSacral Therapy.

Learn More
You can learn more at the Upledger Institute. www.upledger.com
Watch a remarkable documentary about CST, Touch
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