What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Written by Georgia Webber, CST practitioner
Craniosacral Therapy (CST, also called cranial osteopathy) is a gentle form of touch therapy that prioritizes supporting and enhancing resources in the body, at the body’s own pace.
CST works with the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the resulting subtle motions of the cranial bones, fascia, soft tissues in the body. The central nervous system (that the CSF flows through) endures all of the body stresses. When this system is stressed, tensions build and create restrictions that affect every part of the body. Releasing those tensions enables all the body’s systems to work more fluidly and effectively, including the immune response, vagal tone, and the body’s structural alignment. Through increased sensitivity in the hands, the practitioner locates restriction, tension, and stillness in the rhythm, and then provides light pressure or movement - only as much as the body invites, without resistance - to restore the full range and ease of motion to the restricted areas.
CST is also a helpful practice for reconnecting mind and body, bringing relaxation, awareness, and a sense of wholeness to the client. It is not uncommon for clients of CST to feel more calm and aware of themselves overall, and to discover and release areas of the body that may be holding on to built up emotional tensions, in addition to physical injuries and traumas.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor. For advice about whether Craniosacral Therapy is right for you, please speak to your practitioner.