CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is truly an experience that is hard to define or put into words whether you are giving or receiving. Unlike a deep tissue massage, this gentle, subtle therapy is energetically deep rather than working from the "surface" deep. It is esoteric in that a majority of the people have never even heard of it unless they have sought it out as some sort of deep healing remedy, as I did 23 years ago.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Becoming a conduit of the work and intuitively tapping into the energy of the client's craniosacral rhythm through my hands, the aim is to perceive and release restrictions in the cerebrospinal fluid of the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. This fluid encases the endocrine system and the nervous system, the two major players or control centers in our bodies, encasing the brain, spinal cord, and sacrum. In this way, the craniosacral system can be described as a closed hydraulic system. Take note that the spinal cord is made up of three layers, each encased in cerebrospinal fluid-the pia layer, the arachnoid layer, and the dura layer that surrounds the outside of the brain and spinal cord.
During a session, the client is taken into deep relaxation or “theta” state. This is what you experience upon waking in the morning while coming in and out of the lucid dream state. In this place of theta, or deep relaxation, tension and past traumas throughout the brain and entire body will start to unwind towards a state of homeostasis.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
Migraines and Headaches
TMJ, teeth grinding and clenching
Stress and anxiety
Brain and spinal cord injuries
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Alzheimers and Dementia
Spinal Cord Injuries
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders