Craniosacral Therapy Association

About Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on healing technique, whereby therapists gently mobilize and release the Craniosacral system, which includes the soft tissue of the head (cranium), the spine down to its tail end (the sacral area) and the pelvis. It focuses on the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid, which is produced on a constant basis in structures within the brain.

The movement of spinal fluid within and around the central nervous system is believed to create a vital body rhythm, equally important to health and well-being as the beating of the heart or the breath.

Craniosacral Therapy helps to boost general well-being, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase energy and enhance the functioning of all the body’s organs via the nervous system. It is a non-intrusive therapy that works with the entire structure, physiology, mind and spirit. For a treatment, clients usually lay on a massage table and the therapist works through light clothing. It is a very gentle and profoundly relaxing procedure that lasts between 40 to 60 minutes.

Craniosacral therapists may combine other therapies in a Craniosacral Balancing session, such as Myofascial release or Polarity Therapy. These therapies enhance the healing session and effectiveness of Craniosacral Therapy for treating some disorders. Craniosacral Therapy can treat a wide range of conditions and can be used to treat all age groups including babies and young children.

CranioSacral Therapy is Useful For:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Motor coordination impairments
  • Stress and tension related problems
  • Infantile disorders
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Autism of certain types
  • Learning disabilities
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Digestive disorders and colic
  • And many other conditions

To find a practitioner in your area see our “CST Practitioners” directory.

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