What is Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy or CST is a non-invasive, hands on therapy that encourages the body’s natural healing capabilities. It has been shown to effectively treat a broad spectrum of physiological issues associated with pain and the loss of systemic, bio-mechanical, and emotional well-being/function. In essence, The Craniosacral Therapist supports the body in releasing restrictions that it has been unable to address on its own. This differs than most other therapies in that the practitioner does not decide where to work, rather the therapist listens to the body’s responses allowing it to tell her how to proceed. If we allow a body to let go when it is ready to, it is likely the adjustments will hold longer because the body has made the decision to let go.
Craniosacral Therapists train for many years to be able to detect and track subtle motions within the body. Within these motions, we can detect restrictions throughout the body in bone, fluid, and tissues, as well as The Central Nervous System (CNS) And we can support the system in releasing those restrictions.
The Central Nervous System (Brain & Spinal Cord) governs the function of all body systems including the Digestive, Endocrine (Hormones), Reproductive, Respiratory, Circulatory, Skeletal, Integumentary (skin), Muscular, Organs, Lymphatic and Immune System, etc. So it makes sense then, that when we release the restrictions within these systems the whole body can then function more optimally and the CNS is more available to do its job without interference.
This type of listening encourages the body to unwind intelligently on its own. CST theory and practice is based on understanding the continuous subtle movements of the cranial bones, the movement of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) throughout the brain and spinal cord, and also the expansion and contraction in the tissues of the body. By using the hands as fine discriminating tools, Craniosacral therapists are able to detect disturbances such as cranial bone restriction, membrane patterns of lesion & densification and other soft tissue restrictions in the body.
Craniosacral has its origins in Osteopathic Medicine, and as with any modality, there are different branches of the work. Cathy is trained in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and follows the work of Franklyn Sills which is a less mechanical model that focuses on listening to the health that is always present in the system rather than focusing on symptoms. Trusting that when we track the health the body will ease back into it’s natural rhythm.