About Craniosacral Therapy or CST

About Craniosacral Therapy or CST - Developed originally by William Sutherland and further developed by Dr. John Upledger. Craniosacral therapy is a subtle, hands-on  approach of assessing and enhancing a physiological system called the Craniosacral system.The Craniosacral system is made up of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The system includes the bones of the skull, face, and mouth, which make up the cranium, or head, all the way down to the sacrum and coccyx, or tailbone.

The Craniosacral system has its own rhythm. The rhythm can be found in the same way as the rhythms of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. But unlike those body systems, both assessment and improvement of the Craniosacral system can be accomplished through palpation.

  • The Craniosacral system has a rhythm of 6 - 12 cycles per minute
  • The heartbeat  beats  at 70 - 80 beats per minute
  • The respiratory system breathes at 14- 18 breathes per minute

The Craniosacral rhythm is much slower than the breath or heartbeat, but no less powerful. A practitioner is able to “listen” with their hands to the cranial rhythmic impulse, which runs throughout the body.


What should you expect?

  • Craniosacral is done supine (on your back) on a table. Client wears loose clothing.
  • Session is done on a massage table with a BioMat
  • I will check into your Craniosacral rhythm and make an assessment.
  • You will spend 60 minutes becoming completely relaxed.
  • During Craniosacral therapy, I will lightly touch the skull and spine, often cradling the head or sacrum; listening to the rhythms of the Craniosacral system, with 5 grams of pressure or less I manipulate the bones of the skull in order to remove restrictions in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

About Craniosacral Therapy or CST

For decades, various forms of Craniosacral Therapy have been used to improve overall body functioning

How often should you receive?

  • Craniosacral Therapy is most effective when you have regular sessions, especially while first addressing long-term imbalances. I suggest once to twice a week for one month, followed by a reassessment. When the body is balanced, once to twice a month or as needed for maintenance. 
  • As needed for relaxation or moving stagnation.

Craniosacral therapy is known to help:

  • Relieve stress
  • Decrease pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • TMJ
  • Tight upper neck and shoulders
  • Lower back pain
  • A range of other symptoms
  • Enhance the body’s overall well- being

Craniosacral can be done as part of Integrative Massage

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