What is CranioSacral Therapy? by Jeannette Candau
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach to healing that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains for which it must work to compensate. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to assist in the body’s own release of restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
The positive effects of craniosacral therapy rely to a large extent on your body’s natural self-corrective abilities. The therapist’s light, hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the craniosacral system to improve your body’s internal environment – and strengthen its ability to heal itself.
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.
Is CranioSacral Right for me?
Some of the many benefits of CranioSacral Therapy include reducing stress, inflammation, and pain while increasing energy levels, range of motion, immune response, vitality and sense of well-being. Please give us a call to set up a phone consultation with Jeannette. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have to determine if CranioSacral Therapy is a good fit for your needs and goals.