Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) is a hands-on, subtle and profound therapy that assists the body’s natural capacity for self-repair, by enhancing the flow and function of the fluids and soft tissues that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This area, which contains the Central Nervous System, controls every action and function you take – therefore if it is flowing freely it will positively affect all your body systems.
CST developed from Osteopathy and became a speciality after Dr John Upledger established that the movements and rhythms of the Cranio-Sacral system directly express health in the body, and that restrictions of this movement reduced the body’s faculty for self-repair. CST practitioners detect these rhythms anywhere in the body (they can also be measured with delicate scientific instruments!), and then using gentle touch, enhance their vitality and release restrictions, so that the movement flows more freely.
These are some of the words and phrases that people have used to describe their experiences of CST:
“Comforting, inner peace, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation, connection, feeling accepted, feeling more fully alive, put back in one piece, feeling whole again”. Craniosacral Therapy Association
The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side. The practitioner makes light contact with your head, the base of your spine, and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. For the best results a series of treatments is recommended.
To find out more about Cranio-Sacral Therapy, please go to About CST