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Craniosacral Therapy

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Caroline just completed a course in Craniosacral Therapy as part of her continuing education. Here is an overview from her about this exciting modality.

Craniosacral Therapy is quite a departure from most techniques that I am used to such as deep tissue massage and muscle stripping, as it involves employing no more than 5 grams of pressure to elicit results. It is very interesting to learn how such a different modality of assessment and treatment can in some cases, depending on the pain level of the client or severity of the condition, create even more beneficial outcomes.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive approach of evaluating and enhancing the body’s ability to heal and restore itself. This is accomplished by working within the craniosacral system, which includes the cranial bones (bones of the skull) the sacrum (the bone at the base of the spine), and the meninges or membranes (connective tissue) which attach to the cranial bones, the brain and spinal cord, continuing down to attach at the sacrum. Cerebrospinal fluid is produced within this system. This fluid is what nourishes, protects, and maintains the physiological environment in which your brain and nervous system develop, live, and function. It is this fluid that creates the subtle movement or rhythm of the bones and membranes that may be palpated within the body. When these rhythms are expressed in fullness and balance, health and well-being will naturally follow. Due to certain stresses such as physical injury, emotional or psychological trauma, or toxicity, these rhythms can become restricted, blocked, and out of balance. CST is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses, including headaches, sinus problems, blurred vision, and nerve disorders because of its interconnected relationship and influence on all other body systems. The intention of treatment is to recognize where the restrictions are and to release them so that the body may self-correct and balance can be restored.

“Worms will not eat living wood when the vital sap is flowing; rust will not hinder the opening of a gate when the hinges are used each day. Movement gives health and life. Stagnation brings disease and death.”
-Proverb in traditional Chinese Medicine