What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch, manual therapy developed by Osteopathic physician, Dr. John Upledger, in the latter part of the 20th century. CST is NOT a type of massage therapy. The techniques facilitate the liberation of restrictions surrounding the central nervous system. By doing so, the function of the central nervous system improves and therefore influences healing in other areas of the body.
How Long is a Treatment?
Typically, your first appointment will last about 90 minutes, which includes a health intake, discussion, assessment and treatment. Subsequent treatments take about an hour.
Do I Need to be Undressed?
No. CST is not a type of massage therapy and you are fully clothed during treatment.
What should I Expect?
Treatment takes place with you lying comfortably on your back on a massage table, fully clothed. If lying on your back is not possible, please talk to the therapist and she will help you find a more suitable and comfortable position. The therapist assesses the craniosacral system at several key areas on the body: the feet, thighs, pelvis, ribs, shoulders and head. Treatment will then commence along the torso, chest , neck and head. When warranted, treatment can and does take place in any other part of the body that may be affected, including inside the mouth (with a gloved hand). The therapeutic touch is very light and very effective in releasing tension. Occasionally, the therapist may initiate a conversation about what you are feeling emotionally and physically. This is to connect the physical body with an associated emotion to facilitate further release of any tension that may be dragging on the central nervous system. You may experience physical or emotion sensations. It is therapeutically important to allow these sensations to come forth and utilize this information to direct the treatment. You may feel sleepy, energized, talkative or pensive (or other ways as well). Your session is dedicated to you.