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Common CranioSacral Therapy Questions

Q. What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on, whole-body method of releasing restrictions around the brain and spinal cord to enhance central nervous system performance and allow the body to self-correct. CranioSacral Therapy strengthens the body’s natural healing processes to bolster resistance to disease and improve overall health. It has also proven effective in aiding individuals with a wide range of medical challenges associated with pain and dysfunction, including: migraines, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, TMJ syndrome, motor-coordination impairments, autism, central nervous system disorders, colic, learning disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries, emotional difficulties, stress-related problems, neurovascular or immune disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-surgical dysfunction, and many other conditions.


Q. Who can benefit from CrainoSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy has proven especially effective on puzzling cases that have not responded well to other approaches. It’s particularly helpful to those with head, neck or back injuries resulting from an accident. Because CST is so effective as a preventive health measure, almost anyone can benefit from a session.

The extremely light touch also makes CranioSacral Therapy a safe approach for children and infants who have experienced early stress, including birth trauma. By releasing restrictions around the central nervous system early, you may help prevent future difficulties such as learning disabilities or hyperactivity. It is also effective during pregnancy.


Q. What can I expect from a CrainoSacral Therapy session?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session lasts typically for 60 minutes, and takes place in a quiet, private setting. As a client you remain fully clothed as you recline on a massage or treatment table. The practitioner will stand or sit positioned at various points of your head, torso or feet.

What you experience during a CST session is highly individual. Some people say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. You may even recall circumstances surrounding.


Q. How many sessions will I need?

Because each individual response to CST is unique, the number of sessions needed to resolve any particular condition varies widely. While one session may give you the relief you need, your situation may require more therapy before it’s completely alleviated. Your therapist can best advise you in this area.


Q. 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.


Q. Are there any conditions that should be address with CranioSacral Therapy?

There are a few situations in which CST is not recommended. They include any condition in which slight variations in intracranial pressure would cause instability, such as acute aneurysm, recent skull fracture, and cerebral hemorrhage or other severe bleeding disorder. If you have any questions about whether these situations apply to you, seek the advice of your physician before receiving a CST session.