Craniosacral Therapy incorporates a light therapeutic touch and gentle traction to help release bone and tissue restrictions in the body. Craniosacral Therapy works on the connective tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord to bring the nervous system into balance. This form of bodywork is gentle and supportive, yet creates deep change.
"Get out of your head and into your body and let's see what the system knows how to do."
- Dr. John E. Upledger
Why Should I Receive CST as an Adult?
Anyone who wants to improve the function of the nervous system, relieve pain or dysfunction in their body can benefit from CST.
Common medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction improved by CST include:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Orthopedic Problems
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional Difficulties
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Immune Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Postpartum healing
What Can I Expect From A Therapy Session?
A typical CST session lasts from 45-50 minutes, and takes place in a quiet, private setting. CST is performed with the client fully clothed and lying on a comfortable massage table. Using a light touch, the therapist evaluates or “listens to” the body for tension patterns and imbalances.
The craniosacral system is accessed and treated using the bones and connective tissue. Skilled CST therapists can enhance fluid flow and balance membrane tension, helping to bring increased vitality to the system. Releasing chronic tension patterns and enhancing fluid motility allows the body’s healing mechanisms to operate more effectively, imparting greater balance and ease.
What is experienced during a CST session is highly individualized. Some say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. Sometimes, circumstances are recalled surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused the body stress. While this doesn’t happen every time, this process called “SomatoEmotional Release” is perfectly normal and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.
What Will I Experience After A Session?
Just as each individual experiences CST sessions differently, the results can be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours. Or you may leave full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days.
Since CST helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it’s common for your improvements to continue weeks after the session. You may also experience a reorganization phase as your body releases previously held patterns and adapts to a new state of wellness.
Why add Reiki to a CST session?
Many clients find adding reiki to their session brings greater healing and heightens the results. One mentor described it to me as, “Adding reiki to a CST session is like adding bleach to the wash. It enhances the experience.”
Reiki Healing is a hands-on healing practice. The intended result of receiving Reiki is a balanced physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being. Reiki is being used today in clinics and hospitals all over the world to support health, wellness, and transition.
Each CST/Reiki session is custom to meet the client’s needs and may include a guided healing experience meditation. The most common results of Reiki treatment include:
- Reduction in stress
- Increased relaxation
- Improved Sleep
- Reduction in exhaustion and nausea during pregnancy
- Restored general balance & well-being in mind and body
Reiki is one of the leading safe energy medicine approaches.
C. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D.