CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

iStock_000023615796webCranioSacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, manipulative therapy which is used to encourage the body to rebalance and heal itself. It can be used for the treatment of many conditions at all ages. It is particularly suitable for the treatment of babies and children.

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes of the central nervous system, their bony attachments to the cranial bones and the sacrum, and the cerebrospinal fluid which rhythmically moves within the craniosacral system. This rhythmic movement is used to identify restrictions both within the system and throughout the body’s connective tissue.

Restrictions, blockages or dysfunction of any kind anywhere in the body are reflected as disturbances of the rhythm, symmetry, rate and amplitude of the craniosacral system. The therapist by placing their hands gently on the body can identify areas of restriction and tension and facilitate the body in its own natural self-corrective abilities.

CranioSacral therapy can be used to help babies who experience:

  • birth trauma
  • colic
  • sucking difficulties
  • sleep problems

CranioSacral therapy can be used to help children and adults who experience

  • behavioural issues (e.g. autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • chronic ear infections
  • teeth and jaw misalignment
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • headaches/migraines
  • chronic pain
  • back pain and injuries
  • symptoms of stress
  • low energy

For this therapy the client lies on the therapy couch and remains fully clothed

CST 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.

Anne undertook her CST training with The Upledger Institute.

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