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What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health and performance.

The body’s tissues often tighten and distort to compensate not only for daily stresses and strains, but also trauma; both physical trauma (i.e., illness, injury, or surgery) and emotional trauma (i.e., stress, abuse, PTSD).  CST practitioners find areas of the body that want assistance, and then connect

in with those areas using a light touch (generally no greater than 5 grams)to facilitate the release of the tissues.  The release process is led by the innate wisdom of the client’s body, and the therapist follows and supports the tissues as they unwind.


Pain and dysfunction, especially when it is chronic or from a traumatic cause, may have underlying emotional restrictions.  CST practitioners facilitate a process called SomatoEmotional Release (SER) by using therapeutic imagery and dialog while simultaneously working with the body.  As the client connects in with their body, supported by the therapist, physical and corresponding emotional restrictions may ease or resolve.


CST is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, and is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease.

What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy Address?

  • Migraines and Headaches

  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain

  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Victims of Abuse

  • Motor-Coordination Impairments

  • Fibromyalgia

  • TMJ Syndrome

  • Scoliosis

  • Orthopedic Problems

  • Central Nervous System Disorders

  • Birth Trauma

  • Infant and Childhood Disorders

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Autism


  • And Many Other Conditions


Is There Any Condition for Which CST Shouldn't Be Used?

There are certain situations where application of CST would not be recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.

How Many CranioSacral Therapy Sessions Will I Need?

Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can't be compared to anyone else — even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely — from just one up to three or more a week over the course of several weeks.

Some people in good health don’t need intensive attention, and prefer to receive CST for regular maintenance. It should never be underestimated how much you help yourself with preventative care. Why wait until you are sick until you seek assistance with your health? Occasional regular CST not only feels relaxing, but it is always working to maintain your well-being.

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