CranioSacral Therapy

Why is CranioSacral Therapy so important?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system - the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system - and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.
CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch - starting with about the weight of a nickel - practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.
By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.
And because it's so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.

What Can I Expect from a session?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system.
By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.
Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.
A CranioSacral Therapy session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.
What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing.

What Conditions Does CST Address?

CranioSacral Therapy improves your body's ability to take better care of you. It helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction, including:
Migraines and headaches
Chronic Neck and Back pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Motor-Coordination Impairments
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Chronic Fatigue
TMJ Syndrome and Dental Problems
Central Nervous System Disorders
Learning Disabilities
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Orthopedic Problems
Emotional Problems / Behavioral Issues
And Many Other Conditions

How Was This Gentle Therapy Developed?

CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician featured in TIME magazine as one of America's next wave of innovators.
From 1975 to 1983, Dr. Upledger was a professor of biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.
While he was there he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers who performed and published the clinical research that formed the basis for the approach he named CranioSacral Therapy.
In 1985, Dr. Upledger founded the Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. Nearly 100, 000 therapists have since been trained in CranioSacral Therapy.

CranioSacral Therapy For Infants and Children

Childbirth is a journey like no other. For the mother and father it is one of wonder, excitement and the unknown. For the child it can hold all the rewards and risks that new life offers.
It's widely recognized that in certain instances, the birth process can generate mild to severe central nervous system abnormalities. CranioSacral Therapy carried out in the delivery room or within the first few days of life can potentially reduce a wide spectrum of health challenges, many of which might not otherwise become apparent until the child is in school. It can even address problems with head shape and skull-bone override, naturally.
Many congenital and acquired health challenges also respond well to CranioSacral Therapy. It has shown to be effective at improving and maintaining a healthy immune system and because of its gentle, non-invasive qualities, it seamlessly accomodates other therapies delivered by early-intervention medical teams.

Childhood conditions that may be avoided or reduced:
Chronic Ear Infection
Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders
Abnormal Muscle Tone
Strabismus, Nystagmus and Other Disorders
Reflux and Digestive Disorders
Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia
Speech Disorders
Down Syndrome and Genetic Disorders
Hearing Problems
Emotional Problems
Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome
Impaired Immune System
And Many Others

SomatoEmotional Release®

We have all heard the terms; “I am heart sick!”, “I have butterflies in my tummy!” or “I carry the world on my shoulders!”. It is well documented that our emotions have a great impact on how our bodies function. An area of physical trauma can retain the imprint of emotion. The brain can also store the overflow of emotions that we are unable to cope with into an area of the body and create a physical restriction. CranioSacral Therapy acknowledges the role emotions have and aids the body’s ability to mange the impact.
As therapists we are not able to change your history, but we are able to help your body to handle it in a better way.
Sometimes a release of emotional energy is necessary to fully discharge a trauma. In those cases, using the body as a guide, the therapist engages the tissues with CranioSacral techniques, visualization and dialoguing techniques that can guide the body through an otherwise challenging encounter with long-held emotions. The goal is to release the physical imprint of the emotion from the tissue. If the patient needs to analyze the emotion they are referred to a Counselor or Psychotherapist.
“Many patients believe that life is difficult and healing is painful. CranioSacral Therapy helps them let go of that belief. The healing process can be much more gentle and subtle”
S.H., Abbeville, LA

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for more information on CranioSacral Therapy please visit the Upledger Institute website.