Craniosacral Massage Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) AKA craniosacral massage, was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

(CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

How does Craniosacral Therapy benefit me?

Using a light touch, practitioners can monitor the rhythm of the system at key points throughout the body to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress. Once the source has been determined, they can work to eliminate the barrier and help bring the body to optimum performance levels. As the body begins to function at it’s designed capacity, the results can be overall health increased resistance to disease and alleviation of specific medical conditions.

By facilitating the body’s natural and innate healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to support resistance to disease, and is effective for helping people with a wide range of healthcare challenges associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction
  • Autism
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What can I expect?

Using a very light and gentle touch, generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system, which has been shown to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, as well as many other systems of the body. Typically the patient will feel deeply relaxed and experience euphoric sensations. Patient remains fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table.

How many sessions does it take?

Each individual’s health care needs are different, the number of visits will vary.

How long is a craniosacral massage therapy session?

Session can be from 1 – 2 hours long.


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