What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy, or CST, utilizes therapeutic touch to regulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by manipulating the cranial sutures or synarthrodial joints of the cranium.
It is believed that by slight pressure and manipulation of the joints various organs and your immune systems can be balanced.
“The Breath of Life”
Sensitive practitioners can palpate and detect rhythmic impulses that indicate our physiological condition.
The presence of these rhythms were discovered by an osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, over 100 years ago. His discovery lead to the development of craniosacral therapy. Dr. Williams referred to these movements as “The Breath of Life.” He concurred that the subtle adjustments by practitioners could affect many areas of the body.
According to The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America…
“the biodynamic approach of craniosacral work…are regarded as expressions of health that carry an essential ordering principle for both body and mind…particularly cerebrospinal fluid.”
The state of the body is determined by these rhythms, and if out of balance can manifest as disease.
CST Practitioners and Therapy
Practitioners believe that the rhythm of life actually expresses itself in the smallest cell of the body during the cell’s respiration. And when the cells are not healthy, the body cannot be healthy; since they are the building blocks of life.
Areas of the body that are not functioning optimally are considered areas of inertia.
Causes of inertia are attributed to:
- physical injury
- emotional and psychological stress
- birth trauma
CST adjustments and therapy encourage the patient’s own self healing and self regulating capabilities.
CST takes a holistic approach to wellness with the patient and practitioner working together to achieve wellness. This non invasive modality is suitable for infants, children, adults and the elderly. Many illnesses can be treated with CST ranging from Migraines to Developmental Disabilities.
Practitioners are certified and usually charge $50-$100 an hour depending on your location.