Craniosacral therapy is a safe and gentle hands-on therapy which treats the body through the craniosacral system, the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The craniosacral system has a rhythm and pulse that practitioners can feel using a very soft touch at certain places on the body. Practitioners work with the pulse to release restrictions in the body and dissipate the negative effects of stress.
Craniosacral therapyis increasingly being used as a preventative health measure because it complements the body's natural healing processes and is thus able to bolster resistance to disease and overall health.
What happens during a treatment?
The therapist will check your medical history and current health to make sure there are no contraindications to treatment. You will be asked to lie on a massage couch and it is recommended you wear loose clothing for comfort. You will remain fully clothed. The practitioner will stand or sit at your head, waist area or feet.
Experiences are individual and may differ from session to session. At times a client may deeply relax or even fall asleep, at others he/she may talk a great deal, recall hidden memories or express emotions. At various times during the session, the practitioner will support a client's limbs and spine while facilitating release of accumulated tension. This process is called tissue release. During this release, the client might recall circumstances surrounding a past shock, trauma or injury. Practitioners believe that by releasing and re-experiencing past hurt, the body is assisted in reversing dysfunction and restoring previous levels of mobility. Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition and so the number of sessions needed also varies – some clients need one to three weeks' work, others may need a course over several weeks.