What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?
- Optimizes the performance of the central nervous system
- An intelligent use of gentle physical and energetic forces
One superb effect of Cranial Sacral Therapy is to optimize the performance of the central nervous system. This is invaluable, but treatments also improve the mobility of and tension in the nerve system’s supporting membranes. The techniques are very gentle and can be applied to any tissue in the body – including those tissues that are hard to get at by conventional methods such as the sleeve surrounding the spinal cord.
Cranial Sacral Therapy’s effects come from the intelligent use of gentle physical and energetic forces. It works to remove barriers so that your body can heal itself.
It is safe and effective for chronic pains as well as neurological and traumatic injuries – including injuries to bones. It is recommended for all ages from newborns to the elderly.
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Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) has been practiced in North America since the late 1800’s. It was developed by Osteopaths, and for a long time it was kept in their exclusive domain and practiced by only a few. But like other great ideas, CST was too good to be kept secret for very long. The last 40 years has seen it grow exponentially worldwide.
Two main branches of practice have emerged. One is more technical and the other is more energetic. The two are not entirely separable.
The technical skills involve detailed knowledge of anatomy and the ability to assess normal tissue and bone movement (including the bones of the face and skull). Practitioners develop the ability to feel subtle body movements and rhythms. Some cranial bone movement is only 40 microns in amplitude– about half the thickness of a piece of paper. Restriction of this motion, however, can have tremendous consequences throughout the body due to the close relationship of the bones with the central nervous system and the major arteries and veins of the head.
The energetic aspects are difficult to describe but involve attending to what is happening in a person’s energetic field as well as the energetics of specific tissues. It generally takes years of experience to master these skills. The results are often astounding. It essentially engages the body’s deepest abilities to heal.