"A CST therapist has the tools to help your body heal itself from the inside out."
By freeing up “Stuck” bones, years of trauma could be undone. Imagine the body is like the game Jenga. Every time we effect it negatively, we slide one of the blocks slightly out of place and eventually, that tower is going to fall down. From the very first minutes of our lives, we are experiencing trauma to our bodies. We experience childhood bumps and bruises, broken bones, car accidents, surgeries, emotional trauma, poor posture. We create compensation patterns to hide or mask pain or dysfunction in our bodies. Everything from the largest muscle to the tiniest cell is effected by all of these factors, 24 hours a day, 365 a year.
“CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.” ~Upledger Institute
First developed by Dr. John Upledger, CranioSacral Therapy evaluates the functioning of the CranioSacral system (made up of the membranes and fluid surrounding the Central Nervous System), then applies a gentle touch to release restrictions in this system, complimenting the body’s natural healing process and relieving symptoms of many conditions.
This non-invasive modality is also a great form of preventative care!
We recommend CST for:
Migraines and Tension Headaches
Chronic neck and back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Depression & Bodily Tension
TMJ – Jaw Pain
PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder
Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders
The Cranial bones are like the cogs and wheels of a finely-tuned machine. It is the job of the CS Therapist to listen and feel with their highly trained hands to make sure these "cogs and wheels" are working together properly. When they are in place, the entire system functions better. This can help relieve a multitude of dysfunctions, including TMJ, Migraines, Depression, Anxiety and Sinus problems.
The CST Rhythm
When a CS Therapist begins a session, they check in with the CranioSacral rhythm, usually beginning at the feet. This rhythm is a subtle movement of the bones, caused by the pumping and distribution of cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord.
Dialogue with CST
Sometimes our muscle memory holds on to things we don't need anymore, but it doesn't know how to let it go. Occasionally in CST we come across these as pockets of energy in the tissue. When we work to help release the "stuckness" in the tissue, it may in rare occasions lead to what we call SomatoEmotional Release. In those instances, the Therapist does a guided dialogue with the client to help release the excess energy and free up the "stuck" tissue.
The basic techniques for CST are laid out in a 10-step protocol. The Therapist begins at the feet and works their way up through 'checkpoints' on the body. They are searching for CranioSacral rhythm and any dysfunction/significance in the connective tissue, allowing for release along the way.
CST for TMJ
Intra-oral work can be effective in improving Jaw pain and TMJ dysfunction. Clenching or grinding your teeth? CST can help! Your dentist will thank you.