Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a subtle and gentle light touch entire body approach to promoting human health. CST works with the core of our nervous functioning, including addressing the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system.
Physical benefits of craniosacral therapy.
Craniosacral therapy exerts influence on the spinal column, brain, and central nervous system. It does this by manipulating the fluid that bathes these organs and systems, the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). A craniosacral therapist applies gentle pressure to the bones of the skeletal system and the bones of the skull, influencing the ebb and flow of the CSF. This cranial modality is gentle, yet effective.
Emotional benefits of craniosacral therapy.
It is not uncommon for craniosacral therapy to exert effects on primary and very deep, intense emotional patterns. It also allows the client the space and resources needed to explore their own emotional landscape. CST often gives the client a deep and profound sense of calm, as well as awareness and mindfulness. Emotional issues may be resolved, and healing can take place under the auspices of a safe and stable patient-practitioner relationship.
Spiritual benefits of craniosacral therapy.
Craniosacral therapy goes deep into many aspects of an individual’s being. Thus, it can profoundly change lives by opening doors to the awareness and the guidance of the heart and soul.
More about craniosacral therapy
Craniosacral therapy is a cutting-edge physical and energy medicine modality. CST is non-invasive and drug-free. The therapist applies gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by imbalances and spinal compression. As a result, it may help to treat a wide range of conditions. It’s thought that the craniosacral therapist’s gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis influence the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, allowing the central nervous system to normalize. The gentle pressure and motions remove “blockages” to the normal flow of CSF, which can enhance the body’s ability to heal.
Many osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, wellness practitioners, and other healthcare professionals perform cranial sacral therapy on their patients and clients. It can be part of a comprehensive treatment protocol or the sole purpose for your wellness visit. Depending on what you’re using CST to target, you may need several sessions to heal the body and resolve your issues adequately. You may also benefit from maintenance sessions. Your healthcare provider can provide recommendations to help you determine what’s right for you.
Benefits of craniosacral therapy
Cranial sacral therapy can be useful for people of all ages, including the elderly and the very young. It can be an integral part of your treatment for conditions such as:
- Migraines and headaches
- Neck pain and whiplash
- Disturbed and poor quality sleep
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Sinus infection
- Recurrent ear infections or colic in babies
- Trauma recovery
- Pregnancy difficulties
- Mood disorders like depression and anxiety
If you’d like to try CST’s subtle and non-invasive hands-on therapy for yourself, qualified and experienced practitioners can be found in many wellness centers and clinics.