CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach to good health which was developed in America in the ‘70s and ‘80s by Dr. John Upledger, an osteopath physician. From 1975 to 1983 Dr. Upledger was a Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.  While he was there, Dr. Upledger supervised a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists, and bioengineers testing for the existence and influence of the CranioSacral system.  Upledger helped explain the poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord system and pioneered the use of the little known craniosacral system as a therapy.

Nowadays, the Craniosacral System in America is taught to a range of healthcare professionals: osteopathic physicians, medical doctors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, dentists, nurses and paediatricians.  In 1985, Dr. Upledger founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach.

It is now a certificated therapy obtainable by all those interested in healing and health care. It is taught under licence in the UK by the Upledger Institute UK.

A more recent development of CST is called Somatoemotional Release or SER.  This uses the fact that many of our traumas, physical, emotional and psychological, are stored in the memory of the body’s cells.  Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue are the tools used to access the hidden traumas gathered over our lifetime.  SER helps rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma and negative emotional experiences.  It is widely used in post-traumatic stress disorder.  Both CST and SER take clients on a fascinating journey to good health.

How does CST work?

CranioSacral Therapy corrects imbalances in the central nervous system.  Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system.  Unfortunately, when there is a malfunction or restriction in our central nervous system and the production of cerebral spinal fluid is impaired, the performance of nearly every other system in your body, especially the endocrine system, is compromised and ill health can result. 

CST releases the tensions in the central nervous system and improves the production of cerebrospinal fluid.  It helps the entire body to relax and self-correct.  Using a gentle touch, practitioners evaluate your internal environment and release any restrictions that they find.   CST naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance and enhances your health.

It is effective for all ages and is particularly effective when used for new born infants as it can correct many of the problems caused during the birth trauma as well as successfully tackling infant and childhood disorders.

What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?

CST improves your body’s ability to self-heal.  It helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction including:

  • Pain relief
  • Brain and Spinal Injuries
  • Post-traumatic Stress disorder
  • Emotional, physical and mental trauma
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic back pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress and Tension-related disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Orthopaedic problems (birth traumas, encephalitis, colic, digestion and elimination problems, inability to suck, respiratory problems, etc.)
  • Teenage hormonal and emotional problems
  • ADD/AGD, common among young children and teenagers
  • Learning difficulties
  • New mother disorders (hormone imbalance/postpartum depression/pelvic dysfunction)
  • Post-dental mouth trauma and TMJ syndrome

And many other conditions.

What can I expect from a Session?

In a typical CranioSacral Session, you remain fully clothed on the treatment couch.  Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid flowing round your central nervous system.  By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.  Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problems and improve the function of your central nervous system.  The sessions are deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.

Frequency of Sessions

This will be assessed and discussed after the first session as can vary from individual to individual.

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