CranioSacral Therapy (or CST) is a gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system. This system protects the delicate tissues of our nervous system; such as the brain, spinal cord and fine nerve fibres - it consists of the bones of the back, head face and mouth as well as the more delicate membranes and fluids.
The therapy consists of gentle manipulations as the therapist both tests for restrictions and listens to the quality of the craniosacral rhythm (which the body maintains in order to feed and nurture our delicate nervous tissues). The pressures used are exceedingly light and although focused around the head and spine, the treatment may be applied anywhere on the body.
This light, hands-on approach harmonizes with the body's natural hydraulic forces and movements, thus encouraging and enhancing the body's own natural, self-healing abilities. This gentle releasing of chronic tensions within the body can effect major changes in both physical and emotional well-being.
Receiving a CST treatment tends to be very relaxing and it is not uncommon to fall into a relaxing sleep. Because CST enhances the body's own healing processes, it can initiate improvements in a very wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
Migraines, headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress and tension related problems, Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, motor co-ordination difficulties, chronic pain anywhere in the body, chronic fatigue, digestive problems.
By Eric Demmon
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