Cranial Therapy also known as Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is based on the assessment and treatment of any restrictions found within the bones ,membranes or fluids that make up this system. The bones of the head, face, spine, pelvis, the membranes (meningies) and fluids (cerebraspinal fluid) form the cranial system. The gentle rhythmic ebb and flow motion that is felt is caused by the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid (csf) which bathes the brain and spinal cord providing nutrition and immune boosters.

This form of therapy addresses the obstacles that are blocking or inhibiting the motion of this system. These restrictions may be found in or outside of the cranial system. Restrictions in this system can lead to a reduced adaptability of the body to the various stressors of life. CST is a powerful therapy that can have a positive impact on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is a fundamental requirement for overall health. If this system is compromised the quality of life can be significantly impacted.

This therapy is ideally suited for symptoms or conditions such as headaches, chronic middle ear infections, pain, general health maintenance. It is also ideal for fibromyalgia, chronic sinus infections, gastroenteritis, back pain, menstrual irregularities, anxiety, mild depression, eye dysfunction, whiplash and more. The benefits appreciated by clients receiving cranial therapy are deep relaxation, a rebalancing of inherent energy and elimination of symptoms.

What can you expect as a client?
You will be asked to lie on a massage table fully clothed.The practitioner will place their hands lightly on the your head, spine or sacrum. Assessment of the ebb and flow of the CSF in terms of the rate, amplitude, symmetry, quality and any restrictions in the movement of the bones of the head, face or pelvis are determined. A treatment approach will then be developed to address your unique needs. A cranial session is 45 to 90 minutes in length.

Precautions to this type of therapy are any recent skull fractures, strokes or aneurysms. Acute infections (discuss with practitioner).

 

 

1900’s Dr. William Sutherland an American Osteopathic Physician recorded movement of the cranial bones and pelvis which prior to his investigations were thought to be immovable.
Today there are many health practitioners who have added to the study and development of cranial therapy. Dr. John Upledger is one of the pioneers who saw the benefit that this form of therapy could have.

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