Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch form of bodywork designed to release physical and energetic restrictions from soft tissue, especially the fascia (connective tissue). Using a soft touch, generally no greater than 5 grams, practitioners release restrictions caused by accident, injury or emotional trauma thereby improving the physiological functioning of the entire body. CST is not massage, bony manipulation (chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation) or energy transfer (Reiki or Therapeutic Touch.)
The adult client typically rests on a table fully clothed. Children typically can receive therapy while quietly playing, or if old enough, on the table. Infants may be treated while they are feeding or in their mothers’ arms.
The client may feel subtle sensation during the session as restrictions in the soft tissues release. Clients report feeling very relaxed during and after the session. Babies may become very quiet or even fall asleep. Body changes continue for up to four days after a typical session. After this four day reorganization process, the client often feels a definitive move toward resolution of the pain or dysfunction.
The number of sessions required for any given issue depends on the age of the problem, the severity of the accident or injury, the extent of involvement of the body, the level of stress in the client’s life, the specific areas of the body affected and the experience level of the therapist. Each session lasts about 60 minutes.
According to the www.Upledger.com website:
“By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:”
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Infantile Disorders including sucking and feeding problems
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Accident and injury related body dysfunction and pain
Locate and release pent-up energy stuck in specific locations of the body
Release suppressed emotions that may be inhibiting complete structural releases
Refine listening and comprehension skills
Improve palpation and whole-body evaluation skills