Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy that aims to enhance the body’s own healing capabilities. CST is an effective method to improve personal physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Craniosacral therapy helps to reduce stress and build up your underlying energy.
Through gentle light touch the practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way. When a Craniosacral therapist places their hands lightly on you, they are using them to listen to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. The body responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. A feeling that you have been heard in the truest sense of the word is a common experience during and after a session.
These are some of the phrases people used to describe their experience with cranio- sacral therapy: “Inner peace, connection, comforting, feeling whole again, feeling accepted, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation”.
Cranio-sacral Therapy in not intended to be a primary form of healthcare, but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor. Because it is so gentle and non invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone.
Craniosacral therapy improves the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid and the movement of fascia, the sheath of fibrous tissues that encloses muscle. It also greatly benefits the central nervous system which controls every system in the body from hormones to muscles.
Who is it for? People may come for CST with acute physical problems like headaches, back pain, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives. Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, CST is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. For the same reason it is possible to have this treatment at any stage of recovery; after surgery, broken bones, or simply twisting your ankle.
During a session the case history will be taken for gathering information and to establish a good understanding with your practitioner. The session typically lasts for an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated. The practitioner makes light contact with your head, base of the spine and other areas. Because the body functions as a whole, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy works well for:
- Any age group.
- Dealing with stress.