What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch, hands on therapy which has originated from osteopathy. Findings from osteopaths showed every cell in the body expresses a rhythmic movement, which is the fundamental basis to all living systems. This has been called CranioSacral Motion. CST is a healing modality that makes use of cranial rhythms generated by the creation of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain which expresses the CranioSacral Motion.
This motion is further articulated throughout the body, its bones, organs and other structures as a “tide like” ebb and flow. This motion is so subtle that it is only measurable by the finest instruments; however it can be felt by a trained therapist.
In response to stress and trauma at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels the body’s tissues contract. When unprocessed shock is severe enough the tissues remain contracted and the trauma becomes embodied. Any stresses, strains, tensions or traumas which have been stored by the body in this way, will restrict the body’s functioning and may give rise to health problems over time. These effects may be physical (back pain, migraine or digestive disorders), emotional (anxiety or depressive disorders) and mental (lack of concentration, lack of motivation).
Embodied stress and trauma shows up in the way the CranioSacral Motion is expressed within the body. Therapists are trained to feel this subtle distortion of motion and use it to identify areas of restriction or congestion. Using CranioSacral techniques the therapist provides an opportunity for the body to let go its restrictive pattern and return to an easier mode of functioning.Embodied trauma will display itself either as alarm, where the individual is caught in a fight or flight pattern, or as shock, where the individual is frozen into a contracted and possibly disassociated state.
Treatment is extremely gentle using no manipulation and takes place at a deep unconscious level within the body at a pace dictated by the client. Thus the client remains comfortable, in control, and able to integrate the changes that occur. The body sets the priorities for therapy. CST benefits all ages from infants to the elderly.