What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle therapeutic method of assessing and balancing the body's craniosacral system. This system is composed of the membranes and fluids which surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
A light, but focused, touch (approximately the weight of a nickel) is used to remove blockages, called restrictions, in the craniosacral system. Areas of restriction lead to decreased nerve transmission and circulation, then to symptoms of discomfort and pain. The craniosacral and nervous systems are connected to the rest of the body through connective tissue called fascia. These connections allow CranioSacral Therapy to effect distant areas and organ systems of the body, especially impacting the nervous, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and vascular systems.
CST is typically performed wearing loose comfortable clothing. A 90 minute session is recommended for your first CST evaluation and treatment.
30 min | 60 min | 90 min
$40 | $70 | $100
Relaxation Massage & CranioSacral Therapy Integration
60 min | 90 min |120 min
$70 | $100 | $130
Therapeutic Massage & CranioSacral Therapy Integration
60 min | 90 min |120 min
$75 | $105 | $140
Pediatric and/or Special Needs CranioSacral Therapy
Approximately 30 minutes
Because such a light touch is used, CST is appropriate for all ages, from infants to elders, and for most conditions.
Children often respond quickly and welcome CranioSacral work since it is so non-invasive. In practice, we have seen children who cannot yet speak, guide the therapist's hands to the exact areas that need attention. It is recommended that clients with a history of aneurysm or cerebral hemorrhage consult their physicians.
A CranioSacral Therapy session is performed with the client lying on a massage table, removing only shoes, belt, and jewelry. Clients may find themselves attaining a state of deep relaxation, some even fall asleep during treatment. At other times clients find themselves more talkative, perhaps experiencing emotional release from the stresses of life or even healing from distant memories. Each session is unique as the body resolves the issues it needs to, with the trained therapist's assistance. The client may feel the improvement immediately, or more subtly over several days. Because CST facilitates the body's own healing mechanisms, progress initiated in a session may continue for days or weeks afterward.
What conditions may be helped with CranioSacral Therapy?
Improving general health and wellness
Reducing stress and tension
Acute and chronic pain from many origins
Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders
Orthopedic problems and injuries
Migraines and other headaches
Depression and anxiety
Chronic sinus problems
Infant feeding problems
History of CranioSacral Therapy
Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopathic physician, laid the framework for Cranial Osteopathy, in the early 1900's, spending nearly twenty years exploring the theory that the bones of the skull were structured to allow for subtle movement, contrary to the teachings of his day. His life work led to the discovery that the skull's sutures are made of a special type of fibrous joint found only in the skull. He found fluids, bones, and tissues at the body's core which initiated and responded to an involuntary rhythmic motion.
Another osteopathic physician, Dr. John Upledger, continued Dr. Sutherland's work beginning in the 1970's. He examined the theories of subtle movements of the skull and a palpable cranial rhythm while a researcher and professor at Michigan State University. He was given a team of researchers and scientists to aid in exploring this phenomenon. The research empirically confirmed these theories and helped clarify the mechanisms in the body making them possible. These scientific validations, along with the practical results he witnessed, led him to develop what he called CranioSacral Therapy. The Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was founded in 1985, to bring this method to the public and to provide ongong research in light touch therapies.
Most CranioSacral practitioners today are chiropractors; physical, occupational, or massage therapists; osteopathic or medical doctors; or dentists. Training is sometimes available to lay people as well and can be very beneficial in improving quality of life for family and friends.
Dawn is a certified CranioSacral Therapy Diplomat.
She was trained by Dr. Nancy Soliven, DC, MD of Integrative Bodywork Institute. Dr. Soliven worked as a team leader with the Upledger Brain and Spinal Cord Center and has taught CST internationally for many years. Integrative Bodywork Institute uses a synthesis of traditional therapies and intuitive assessment to discover and treat the causes of dis-ease by working with the craniosacral, fascial, and energetic systems.
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