How does Craniosacral Therapy Work?

Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. 

Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with. 

Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. 

By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, Craniosacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.
— Lao-tzu

What conditions does CST address?

Migraines and Headaches

Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Stress and Tension-Related Disorders

Motor-Coordination Impairments

Infant and Childhood Disorders

Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

Chronic Fatigue


TMJ Issues


Central Nervous System Disorders

Learning Disabilities, Autism


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Orthopedic Problems

General Wellness

What happens during a CST session?

Treatments are typically done while you are lying face up on the massage table while fully clothed. Bolsters and blankets may be used to make you more comfortable. 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 signs of release. Sessions are typically very relaxing, though occasionally uncomfortable feelings or memories may arise. Re-experiencing aspects of an original injury or trauma is a sign that the treatment has released at least a part, if not all, of the retained problems. It is beneficial to allow this happen and let your body and mind process and release these memories.

    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.