Craniosacral Therapy (CST) or Brain Therapy, as it is also known as, is a gentle form of bodywork utilizing and incorporating the craniosacral and fascial system and directing healing as such. By complementing the body’s own healing process, CST is progressively used for preventative health care in its facility to boost resistance to disease, expel toxins, and improve medical issues associated with pain and dysfunction.
Craniosacral Therapy seeks to restore the balance of the body’s natural rhythm and health by addressing the cycle between the brain and sacrum. The brain has an inherent cyclical motion; expanding and contracting like that of breath. This movement is a critical factor for normal brain function and well-being. Physical and emotional trauma can inhibit the craniosacral motion, creating restrictions in the body. The resulting pressure can be the determining factor in directly causing headaches, asthma, earaches, learning disorders, and many other chronic diseases.
The body is made up of 75% water. This fluid within the body needs to be moving and flowing at all times in order to maintain homeostasis. The cerebrospinal fluid not only moves between the brain and sacrum via the dural tube (sheath that surrounds the spinal cord) but also out into the fascia and surrounding tissues, cells, organs, blood supply, and nerves. The lymphatic system returns this fluid through the fascia (connective tissues) to the venous system. Arteries bring the blood to the body, and veins return it to the heart. Hence, the craniosacral system is a function of the cardiovascular system and the Central Nervous System, influencing the inner workings of the whole body!
CST involves the gentle release of the soft tissue structures that surround the brain and attach to the sacrum. Typically, the treatment is done fully clothed in a supine position. The therapist places their hands gently on the body of the client and "listens" to the body and the restrictions that lie within. Clients often have a sense of deep relaxation during and after CST. There are no known side effects or adverse reactions to Craniosacral Therapy, making CST helpful for both children and adults.
CST may help the following conditions: