What is CranioSacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive hands- on treatment technique. It is a form of healing which, through light touch, facilitates the body’s natural powers of self-healing. At the core of the craniosacral system are the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and which create subtle motions and pulsations throughout the whole body. In craniosacral therapy, palpating (feeling) these pulsations enables therapists to make a therapeutic relationship with the body–mind through their hands. The light touch improves the movement within the craniosacral system, which can help release tight structures and promote the body’s healing.
What problems can CST help?
- Chronic, longstanding pain
- Reduced mobility/ stiff joints
- Low energy levels
- Headaches and migraines
- Jaw problems (Temporomandibular Joint)
- Menstrual/Menopausal problems
What to expect during a treatment:
The therapist will begin by taking a full medical history. Treatment will take place with you fully clothed and normally lying on your back on a padded treatment couch. The therapist will make contact by placing their hands lightly on your body and tuning in to what is happening within your craniosacral system. The hands may be still for quite long periods of time. They will then begin to release any restrictions within your craniosacral system. You may feel some increased pressure or notice movement occurring at some of your joints. This contact may be taken up on the cranium (the head), the sacrum (the tail-bone) or any other part of the body as appropriate. You may feel heat or cold, tingling sensations, gentle pulsing or sense of deep relaxation.
Side effects of CranioSacral Therapy:
You may experience a reaction when your body begins the process of healing itself, these reactions are a positive sign that the body has responded well to the treatment and is beginning to heal itself. Reactions are normal and should subside in about 12- 24 hours. The following reactions may occur after treatment:
- Headaches or nausea
- Flare up of previously suppressed conditions
- Emotional reactions
- Drink plenty of water or herbal teas
- Avoid excess tea, coffee and alcohol for the next 12 hours
- Cut down on smoking
- Avoid driving immediately after treatment if you feel excessively drowsy
- Make time to relax