“Your hand opens and closes
And opens and closes
If it were always a fist
Or always stretched open
You would be paralyzed
Your deepest presence is in
Every small contracting and expanding
The two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
As bird wings”
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a meditative practice that bridges physical and energetic bodywork. During a session, the practitioner uses very subtle touch to detect and balance the body’s “cranial wave”, the physiological rhythm of cerebral spinal fluid pulsing through the central nervous system. Stillness and patience is key. In addition to unwinding restriction, trauma and pain, CST often provides space for clients to drop into an altered state and explore subconscious realms. Science calls it the Alpha brain state. Shamans call it Dreamtime. It is the space between waking and sleep, where we access information not readily available to the conscious mind.
By reducing stress, CST enhances overall health and has provided effective relief for an array of imbalances including: neck and back pain, headaches, TMJ, insomnia, poor digestion, depression, anxiety, physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, eczema, fibromyalgia, emotional and spiritual blocks.
Gentle yet profound, CST is safe for all ages from infants to elders, and animals too. Anyone can benefit from Craniosacral work. CST is excellent for those with acute pain conditions who cannot tolerate physical pressure (i.e. Fibromyalgia). Also highly suitable for newborns, to balance the nervous system and address possible birth issues caused by vacuum extraction, Caesarian and forceps delivery.
How Does CranioSacral Work?
The body accumulates the effects of stressful events and over time may find it difficult to cope with these stresses, resulting in symptoms.
Craniosacral Therapy works by discharging stress from the central nervous system. This is accomplished through utilizing a physiological body system known as the craniosacral system, within which the central nervous system functions. It consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the skull to the sacrum.
Like the breath and heartbeat, the craniosacral system has its own rhythm and can be felt throughout the body. During a CST session, the practitioner uses subtle palpatory skills to detect this rhythm at key body points, and gentle pressure to release restrictions, assisting in the natural movement of fluid and soft tissue.
Because of its direct influence on the nervous system, CST may trigger a somatic-emotional release. As the central nervous system unwinds, so too does the body's history.