What is Craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral therapy or CST is a gentle hands on method that realigns the body tissues, the bones, fascia and muscles and helps the body to heal itself. The beauty of CST is that in a skilled pair of hands it enables tensions and structural imbalances to unwind and drop away, allowing the body to heave a sigh of relief. The technique was developed by the late Dr John Upledger, osteopathic physician. The cranial bones and underlying membranes move in relation to the production and absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that surrounds and bathes our brain and spinal cord.  CSF is produced in the ventricles of the brain and reabsorbed back into the brain’s venous sagittal sinus.  This cycle of CSF production and reabsorption creates a palpable motion of the cranial bones and this can be observed by your therapist and used to gently treat the craniosacral system.   The subtle rhythmic flow of this fluid is a little like the breathing rhythm or cardiovascular rhythm. This tidal pulsing affects the lining of the vessel containing this fluid (the meninges) aswell as the delicate nervous tissue housed within it (the brain and the spinal cord).

craniosacral skull

How can craniosacral therapy benefit me?

A well trained pair of hands can feel where there are restrictions to the natural rhythm and these areas can be treated. Treatment involves your therapist listening to the body tissues with their hands and following the unwind patterns that occur when an imbalanced area of tissue is met with just the right degree of pressure. Unwinding the fascia and realigning bones, soft tissue and the energetic matrix of the body improves many aspects of our body balance and health. Many patients experience relief of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, migraine and tension headaches, discomfort and stiffness joints with this approach. Pregnant women or women post partum with pain at the pubic symphysis can find the treatment extremely beneficial as can babies with colicky symptoms or children on the autistic-spectrum. As this treatment addresses the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) it’s a little like rebooting a computer or tuning up an orchestra and a patient can feel the benefits of a brighter nervous system on many levels.  Please have a look at the testimonials.