What is Craniosacral Therapy? 

The body’s craniosacral system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the cranium (skull, face and mouth) down to the sacrum (tailbone area). Any restrictions in the membranes of this vital system can directly affect all aspects of central nervous system performance.

As CST practitioners, we palpate the craniosacral rhythm, which leads us to restrictions in the body. We then work with the body’s innate healing mechanisms, using the craniosacral rhythm and system as our guide, to correct the restrictions. Due to the anatomical and physiological connections, this becomes a whole body approach. 

Lisa Upledger, D.C., CST-D

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What conditions does Craniosacral Therapy address? 

Chas Perry Ph.D, talks about therapy programs and how CranioSacral therapy facilitate healing. The recovery is physical, emotional and spiritual.

Since Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is all about supporting and facilitating the healing processes in our bodies, it is an appropirate therapy for nearly all conditions. By freeing restrictions in the tissues, your body is able to function more optimally.

General Wellness, Stress Relief

Migraine/Headaches, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia

Brain/Concussion/Spinal Cord Injuries

Chronic Fatigue, TMJ issues

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma Recovery


What happens during a CST session?

Treatments are typically done while you are lying face up on the massage table while fully clothed. I place my hands in various spots to assess your craniosacral rhythm, feeling for restrictions. Letting your tissues guide me, I "blend and meld" with the tissues and wait until I see/feel signs of release.

Remember that creating change in your body is not always comfortable. Re-experiencing aspects of an original injury or trauma is a sign that your body is processing and resolving what may have been unresolved. It is beneficial to allow this happen and let your body and mind process and release these memories/emotions. This is a safe, confidential space.

    When should CST not be used?

    There are very few situations in which CST is not recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.

    How many CST sessions will I need?

    Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can't be compared to anyone else's. I typically recommend a few sessions within a one month period to see what it may do for you.