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How Craniosacral Therapy Works

By Anne Belohorec


Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands on method of evaluating and normalizing the craniosacral system (CS).  This system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord.


The CS therapist can feel and correct restrictions found in these tissues, using the bones like handles and assisting the body’s own self-correcting mechanisms, which makes this therapy gentle and safe for most conditions.


CST goes beyond this semi-closed hydraulic system of the CS to all areas of the body. The connective tissues of the craniosacral system are connected to all fascia tissue of the body.  Fascia is like a body stocking that wraps around all muscles, organs, nerves etc and hold everything in place in the body.


The CS therapist evaluates the whole body gently and uses the same gentle approach - using energy, intention, and touch - to help to clear physical restrictions.  It also clears emotional energy blocks that are impeding normal flow and rhythm of energy, fluids and tissues that may be compromising health and vitality.


CST is likened to smoothing straightening out layers of saran wrap. It can influence all systems of the body and can be effective for a wide variety of symptoms and conditions, such as headaches, injuries, and chronic pain conditions.  


CST has many applications for children and babies.  It may help birth trauma, assisting to normalize the craniosacral system following difficult births, forceps and caesarean deliveries.


Fussy babies and colic are indications for  CST, and these therapies have been shown to be useful for learning disabilities, behaviour problems, cerebral palsy and autism.

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