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New CST Video Featuring Kate Mackinnon

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Video uploaded on Feb 10, 2012

A new video has been uploaded to the Craniosacral Therapy Asssociation website under the “About CST” button .

This video gives you an overview of what Craniosacral Therapy is and how it works with the source of the pain and dysfunction in the body, and allows our own innate healing mechanism to be supported. The video features Kate Mackinnon, a well known Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner.

She has authored a book called “From my Hands and Heart: Achieving Health and Balance with Craniosacral Therapy” published with Hay House in May 2013.

Here is a introduction to her book:

“Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a powerful hands-on treatment that supports the body’s own wisdom and innate ability to heal. Tens of thousands of practitioners around the world can attest to the effectiveness of this rapidly growing therapy. In From My Hands and Heart, Kate Mackinnon interweaves her personal journey of using CST with case studies and detailed, easy-to-understand explanations of the theory behind it. Whether you’ve never heard of CST before, thought it didn’t apply to you, or are currently undergoing treatments, this book has something for you.”

Mackinnon guides you through creating a team of practitioners focused on your well-being, and explains how to help yourself at home between sessions. You’ll learn simple, safe techniques that almost anyone can perform and receive. Most important, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the amazing powers of the human body and how, with individualized support through CST, it can find its own way to balance and health.

Peter Farnsworth N.D.

June 12, 2013 |

Releasing Emotions Trapped in the Tissues

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It’s well-known in the world of CranioSacral Therapy that emotions trapped in body tissues can lead to pain and other ailments. I discovered this several decades ago when I was a professor and clinical researcher at Michigan State University (MSU), yet the concept is far older still.

For centuries, people of Asia, the Middle East, the Baltic regions and numerous island nations have recognized the symptoms of trapped emotions and have practiced various forms of release. (more…)

May 13, 2013 |

Working in Concert With Nature

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Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) once declared that the “natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” In the centuries since then, medical science has undergone incomprehensible advances.

Yet for all of our technological wizardry, it is more apparent every day that nothing dreamed up in a laboratory has more power to facilitate true healing than the essence of nature itself. (more…)

May 13, 2013 |

The Pressurestat Model Explains the Craniosacral Rhythm

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The Pressurestat Model illustrates the mechanism behind the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid through the semi-closed, hydraulic craniosacral system.

Originally defined by Dr. John Upledger and a team of researchers at Michigan State University in the 1970s, the model explains the palpable, rhythmic expansion and contraction of the craniosacral system.

The brain and spinal cord are surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This fluid transports nutrients, hormones and peptides. It removes metabolic waste and toxic substances. It serves as a shock absorber, floating the brain to counteract gravity. It even influences respiration and cerebral blood flow, among its many functions. Given all this, it’s easy to see how essential it is for CSF to flow unimpaired. If an area of brain tissue is even partially deprived of optimal CSF motion and flow, that area will be forced into some degree of functional compromise. (more…)

May 13, 2013 |

It’s Music to My Hands

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“I feel like I was born to do this work.” I can’t tell you how many craniosacral therapists have told me that over the years. It’s as if every experience in their lives led them to that moment when they lightened their touch, melded with another human being, and heard the subtle rhythm of the craniosacral system with their own hands.

Personally, I feel like I was preparing to do this work from the time I was 4 years old. I can remember one specific event in December of 1931. My parents were throwing a holiday party and in walked this guy holding an accordion. The more he played, the more fascinated I became. For days afterward I kept telling my dad, “I want to get a ‘stomach squeezer’ like that.” I didn’t know what the instrument was called, but I sure knew that I liked it. (more…)

May 13, 2013 |

CranioSacral Therapy for a Multitude of Health Problems

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It was an unseasonably warm day in October when my plane landed in Montana. I had just flown in from South Florida at the request of fellow craniosacral therapist Cindy Kafka. She had a patient whose injuries, she believed, were beyond her level of skill. A farming accident had left “Bill” (name changed to respect privacy) a quadriplegic; his neck, back and arms had been broken, possibly shattered. When paramedics first got to him, his body temperature was so low that they had to pour warm water onto his forearms (veins) just to keep him alive. (more…)

May 13, 2013 |
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