What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle form of touch that releases restrictions in the central nervous system caused by injury, trauma and illness.
Cerebral spinal fluid bathes our brain, and spine from the skull to the tailbone. CSF protects brain and spinal cord from trauma, supplies nutrients to nervous system tissue and removes waste products from cerebral metabolism.
Adjustments are made from the feet to the head, working with the tissues, fluids and bones of the cranium to the sacrum to address root causes of pain and stress. The method is based on osteopathic principals, and the touch is usually no more than the weight of a nickel.
Clients often feel very calm and rested during a treatment, entering a deep state of relaxation which allows the body to re-organize, re-pattern and return to a state of balance.
How does Cranial Sacral Therapy work?
Cerebrospinal fluid is made in the 3rd and 4th ventricles of the brain (see pic below). This fluid bathes and nourishes all the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges, which houses our nervous system.
When a body endures blunt impact or trauma, bones can move and tissues can tighten. Stress and trauma also causes us to contract, and tighten. This tension causes distortions or restrictions in the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. This then impacts how our nervous system is functioning.
Fortunately the body is responsive to change, and has the ability to balance, to heal and to re-establish homeostasis when given the opportunity.
When the nervous system is supported to function optimally, all the other body systems receive these messages, and are able to self-correct.
Restrictions in the Cranial Sacral fluid can be detected and corrected using simple methods of light touch. The CST practitioner uses a highly developed sense of touch to palpate (feel) this motion and, through skilled hands, apply light touch which can relieve disturbances in the fluid and enhance the vitality and function of the body.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
What conditions does Cranial Sacral Therapy address?
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress, Anxiety and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- And Many Other Conditions
What Can I Expect on My First Visit?
The massage is given while you are fully clothed, on a massage table with pillows and supports. Sessions usually last 75 minutes and people often feel very relaxed and in a state that is somewhere between sleeping and waking while they are on the table. This is a very restorative state for the body to be in for regeneratation and healing. Ensure your meal is fully digested, and plan for an extra 10 minutes to complete your health form on your first visit. Please wear loose, comfortable stretch wear such as a t-shirt, yoga pants or shorts with minimal pockets or zippers. Please remove belts before lying on the table.