CranioSacral therapy is gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and normalizing the CranioSacral system – this system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. The therapist can feel and correct restrictions found in these tissues, using the bones like handles and assisting the body’s own self correcting mechanisms, which makes this therapy gentle and safe for most conditions.
Craniosacral Therapy goes beyond this semi-closed hydraulic system to all areas of the body. The connective tissues of the craniosacral system are connected to all fascia tissue of the body, which is like a body stocking that wraps around all muscles, organs, nerves etc., and hold everything in place in the body. The therapist evaluates the whole body and uses the same gentle approach, using energy, intention, and touch to help to clear physical restrictions as well as emotional energy blocks that are impeding normal flow and rhythm of energy, fluids and tissues that may be compromising health and vitality. It has been likened to smoothing and straightening out layers of saran wrap.
Craniosacral therapy can influence all systems of the body and can be effective for a wide variety of symptoms and conditions, such as headaches, migraines, acute injuries, and chronic pain conditions.
CST has many applications for children and babies. Craniosacral treatments may help birth trauma, assisting to normalize the craniosacral system following difficult births, forceps and cesarean deliveries. Fussy babies and colic are indications for CST, and these therapies have been shown to be useful for learning disabilities, behavioral problems, cerebral palsy and autism.