NOTE: This therapy falls under the scope of ‘Massage Therapy’ and hence is recognized and accepted by insurance providers.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence on your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system - the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
You endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system and nearly every other system in your body.
CST releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch - starting with about the weight of a nickel - practitioners evaluate your internal environment. They then use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find. The connective tissues of the body called 'fascia' are accessed to release the restrictions.
By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CST naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.
And because it's so gentle, CST can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private treatment room where you remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table. Sessions are generally 60 or 90 minutes in length and can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.
What you experience from your session is highly individual. Sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth and gentle pulsing in the areas being treated.
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger. Dr. Upledger served from 1975 - 1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. It was during those years that his team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers were tasked with performing the experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system. The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the craniosacral system, and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went on to develop CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary modalities that are now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through Upledger Institute International's educational programs.