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
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
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
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