CranioSacral Therapy, or CST, is a gentle, hands-on form of body therapy that evaluates and enhances the craniosacral system. This system consists of the fluids and membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch, usually no heavier than the weight of a nickel, practitioners can release restrictions in the craniosacral system. This improves the function of the entire central nervous system.
The CST practitioner essentially helps the body release restrictions – which it has been unable to overcome on its own – that inhibit the body’s normal, self-correcting tendencies. Rather than deciding how these changes should be made, the therapist follows cues from the body on how to proceed. When the therapist follows this gentle approach, the method is extremely safe and effective.
Oftentimes, CST can quickly eliminate acute or chronic painful conditions that other modalities have failed to affect. In other cases, CST can be an effective adjunctive therapy to virtually any other modality that's currently being employed.