Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a style of bodywork that is very different from massage. Developed by osteopathic physicians, this technique focuses on improving the functionality of your brain and spinal cord, alleviating pain and the negative effects of stress, and enhancing overall health.
No oil or lotion is used and typically clients lie fully clothed on their back. I have pillows and bolsters to provide extra support as needed and a blanket can be added for warmth and comfort. Sessions typically require 60-75 minutes, as this is a technique that must be applied slowly and patiently. It is ideal for any client, but especially for those who are too fragile to receive traditional massage (i.e. seniors).
I lay my hands very gently on different parts of your body to assess your craniosacral rhythm, which is the cyclical “wave” of the cerebrospinal fluid continually ebbing and flowing around your brain and spinal cord. Seeking to improve your rhythm, I then apply very gentle pressure to the bones of your skull (cranium), along the spine, and to the area of the tailbone (sacrum). This can be done with skilled techniques of slipping my hand underneath the client’s body (ample table padding minimizes any discomfort to the person).
After a session you may feel energized, “spacey”, or sleepy. Even if you felt no definable sensations during your visit, a profound shift may be occurring in your central nervous system on a subtle level as your craniosacral rhythm resets itself into a more symmetrical pattern. CST can be helpful for conditions such as migraine headaches, chronic neck & back pain, jaw pain and dysfunction, chronic fatigue, and hyperactivity, to name a few. It should be avoided if you’ve experienced a recent head injury or stroke or have epilepsy.