CranioSacral Therapy is a precise, non-invasive touch that releases restrictions, thereby supporting your body’s innate ability to heal.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle touch therapy that releases stress and tension held by the body that compromise the function of the central nervous system and cause pain and fatigue.
Persons receiving CranioSacral Therapy often report a feeling of deep peace and relief from pain and chronic anxiety.
CranioSacral Therapy can be combined with any other therapy offered at Pain & Swelling Solutions to enhance the effects of pain relief.
CranioSacral Therapy is effective at
helping to relieve pain associated with:
- Brain, Head, & Spinal Cord Injuries
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ (Jaw Pain)
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Chronic Neck & Back Pain
- Stress and Anxiety-Related Disorders
CranioSacral Therapy has also been
effective in relieving symptoms of:
- Learning Disabilities
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
History of CranioSacral Therapy
CST is derived from the School of Osteopathic Medicine which originated with William Garner Sutherland in the 1930s. It was further developed into its present form by John Upledger, who was an osteopathic physician. His school is still in existence today.
Debates About Efficacy
It is no secret that the efficacy of CST is a hot topic of debate. Indeed it is a difficult modality to study, but people who receive the therapy are quick converts. Although it often feels at first as if the practitioner is doing virtually nothing, the effects become quite noticeable during the session as the client relaxes.
After the session, clients find themselves “tranced out,” for lack of a better phrase. They often need to walk around for some time before getting in a car to drive.
How CST is Performed
Unlike massage where a client typically removes his or her clothing to receive a session, CST is done fully clothed. Sessions usually last 1.5 to 2 hours. During the session, the practitioner places his or her hands on and under the body and will hold these positions for several minutes.
What You May Experience
In a typical CST session, there is no talking at all. Your mind will probably be racing when the session begins. Thoughts of what you need to do the rest of the day or what you are going to make for dinner and need to pick up from the store on your way home will flood your mind. If this is your first CST experience, you may even be wondering if this will work.
As you settle in, you will feel those thoughts drop away and you will become very relaxed. During a session you may feel like you are floating. Random thoughts about things from your past may come and go, but it is more like being in a dream state than the racing mind you came in with.
When the session is concluded, you will feel spacey and you will likely have lost track of time. It is recommended to take a 10 minute brief walk around outside to bring yourself back to a state of normal consciousness before driving.