CranioSacral Therapy

Why is CranioSacral Therapy so important?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system - the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.

Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system - and the performance of nearly every other system in your body.

CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch - starting with about the weight of a nickel - practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.

By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being.

And because it's so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders.

How was CranioSacral Therapy Developed?

CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger. Dr. Upledger served from 1975-1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. It was during those years that his team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bio-engineers were tasked with performing the experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system.


The results of those studies explained the function of the craniosacral system, and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went onto develop CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary modalities. Featured in TIME magazine as one of America’s next wave of Innovators.  Dr. John Upledger left us in 2012 with the legacy of his life’s work that is now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through Upledger Institute International's educational programs. Over 100,000 practitioners trained in more than 100 countries have taken Upledger courses.

What can I expect from a session?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system.

By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.

Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.

A CranioSacral Therapy session can last up to an hour or more. It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.

What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing.

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What is CranioSacral Therapy?

Check out this great video that Tad made for the Upledger Institute to explain what is CranioSacral Therapy.

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