Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a holistic approach to healing developed from the work of osteopath, William Sutherland. The therapy supports the body’s own healing ability and changes can occur in body, mind, and spirit.
The cerebrospinal fluid that bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord expresses a rhythmic motion like the ebb and flow of a tide. Other body structures such as organs and bones have their own, subtle patterns of movement as they breathe.
Sutherland carried out experiments on his own body and noticed that accidents, falls, or operations caused restrictions in his body that inhibited the expression of this rhythm or movement, leading to a lack of vitality, discomfort, or disease.
In working with his clients Sutherland found that by using the lightest of touches and intelligent listening, areas of restriction in the body and psyche would ease and release.
What are the benefits Craniosacral Therapy?
CST has been used to treat a variety of conditions, both physical and psychological.
CST is a suitable treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, autism, back pain, brain injury and central nervous system disorders. Its been found to help with chronic fatigue, colic, concussion, dementia, fibromyalgia, immune disorders and learning disabilities. It can also work with migraines, neck pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), scoliosis, spinal, cord injury and stress.
What does a typical Craniosacral Therapy session look like?
Treatments are done on a clothed body, with the receiver usually lying on their back on a treatment couch. If this is not comfortable, people can be treated on their side or even sitting, if need be.
Treatment may start at the feet or the head with different evaluative techniques, and this will help figure out where your body’s treatment needs to start.
Working with these techniques, there is usually a natural focus around the head and vertebral column, but treatments are by no means restricted to these areas. Factors that compromise posture and function can be present throughout the whole body.
Using the craniosacral rhythm, CST influences movement and coordination, pain pathways, the digestive system, the respiratory system, heart function, the endocrine system. Basically, most of the body systems can be impacted. This is because it accesses the craniosacral system which acts on the deepest structures and organs of the nervous system.
How do I find a specialist that suits me?
Once you have decided on Craniosacral Therapy, you can start to build up a list of potential practitioners, call them, visit their practice, interview them.
Practitioners are looking to build a loyal clientele; they should be willing to talk with you prior to scheduling an appointment. Above all, you need to be comfortable with your decision, do not hesitate to try different practitioners until you are satisfied.