HEALING ARTS

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system -a body system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. An imbalance in this system can have far reaching effects on sensory, motor, and neurological functioning. Additionally, each system of the body is connected with every other part of the body via fascia or connective tissue, a restriction in the tissues of the body can create imbalances in the cranio-sacral system.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy appreciates our unique body-mind connection, and recognizes that symptoms are often due to underlying causes. For example, tightness in lower back may be traced back to tightness in the feet, a chronic neck ache may result from a childhood emotional stress, or restrictions in cranium or tissue surrounding the nervous system can in turn effect neuro-motor efficiency.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. Cranio-Sacral Therapy can facilitate healing on a physical, mental, and emotion plane. Because it completes the body's natural healing processes, CST is a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

A session is performed with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing and lying on a massage table. Some sessions are purely structural (with a focus on biomechanics), and some sessions have an emotional competent.

Each client responds to the work in their own way. During the session individuals often, feel relaxed, others fall asleep, some have emotions arise, and some develop a new awareness in their body- mind relationship. There is no standard session, as each unique session is a direct response to what is present for each individual. For example, while two different clients may present similar concerns such as lower back pain, one client's pain may be relieved by finding more space in the joint between the leg and pelvis, while the other individuals pain be subsided by releasing a restrictions in the organs.

Within three to five sessions, a person is able to sense whether Cranio-Sacral therapy is right for the them. Benefits are usually evident after the first session.