Frequent asked questions
What is CranioSacral Therapy (CST)?
CST is a very gentle light touch modality which releases restrictions from the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax, self -correct and free itself from discomfort and pain. CST is safe for all ages and most health conditions.
CST approaches pain as a call to become whole and connect mind, body and spirit to embrace lasting changes. Many times when we have physical pain we disregard the connection to our emotions. Communication between all parts of you facilitate integration.
What can I expect from a CST session?
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded table. Your therapist begins by gentle touching various parts of your body and head to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those areas, and improve the form and function of your central nervous system. What you experience from a session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gently pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.
How did CST begin?
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger served from 1975-1983 as a clinical researched and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. It was during those years that his team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers was tasked with performing experiments to test the existence and influence of the craniosacral system. The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the craniosacral system and its used in evaluating and treating malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord.
What conditions can CST help?
CST improves your body's ability to take better care of you. It has been shown to help a full spectrum of pain and disfunction, including: migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, stress, infant and childhood disorders, spinal cord injuries, post-concussion symptoms, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, learning disabilities, post traumatic stress disorder, orthopedic problems and many other conditions.
Can CST be applied during pregnancy?
CST can be applied safely prior to conception, through pregnancy, labor and delivery. This is empowering to the mother and child, as well as to the father and family of the newborn. CST may preclude the need of invasive techniques and ease the recovery from necessary invasive procedures. Can help with challenges with conception, morning sickness, baby position in the womb, emotional difficulties, release tension from mom and baby nervous system and other challenges.
How can CST helps babies?
CST carried out in the delivery room or within the first few days of life can potentially reduce a wide spectrum of health challenges, many of which might not otherwise become apparent until the child is in school. It can address problems with head shape and skull-bone override, congenital and acquired challenges. It as shown to be effective at maintaining a healthy immune system.
What are the CST benefits for children?
CST can treat a variety of childhood conditions as birth complications, tongue tie, ear infections, colic, ADD, ADHD, autism, seizures, reflux and digestive disorders, cerebral palsy, torticollis and plagiocephaly, learning disabilities, dyslexia, speech disorders, hydrocephalus, emotional problems and many others
What Is Somato Emotional Release (SER)
SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma associated with negative experiences. Those memories are stored in the body. During a SER, the facilitator looks for the life story and life expression in your tissue. Coming from the principle that your body have a cellular intelligence which is ready for you to access it, a SER process facilitates release, resolution and integration.
A facilitator honors and collaborates with you as you set the pace of your healing process. When you learn this process it can be beneficial to change the way you respond to stress and solve other issues.