What Is Cranio-Sacral Therapy?


Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system – the physiological body system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

CST is a non-directive, non-analytical, non-invasive approach.  It accesses the art of listening to enable and allowing the body to heal itself.

CST grew out of the osteopathic tradition of manual medicine.  The cranial rhythm was discovered in the 1920’s by Dr W Sutherland, DO, who identified intrinsic movement of the bones of the skull.  His further research revealed different rhythmic tidal motions in the body.  The movements, which can be measured with delicate scientific instruments, are a direct expression of the health of the body.


How Does CST Work?

CST Enhances the body’s natural healing processes to improve the operation of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance health and strengthen resistance to disease.  The method generally requires only five grams of pressure – the equivalent weight of a nickel – to test for restrictions in parts of the craniosacral system.

The technique is based on the principle that a subtle motion is present in the head and body and that this motion needs to be as free as possible for healthy functioning.  Using gentle pressure, the therapist assists the patient’s body in making self-correction.


What Are The Effects of CST?

The work can be profoundly relaxing, exhilarating, deeply moving and usually involves a resolution of old material.  As a therapy, treatment may aid almost any condition, raising the vitality and enabling the body’s self-healing mechanism to come into play.

Who Can Benefit from CST?

CST is so gentle that it is suitable for babies, children and the elderly, as well as adults in fragile and acutely painful conditions.  The work can address many issues:  physical aches and pains, emotional/psychological disturbances, acute and chronic disease, developing well-being, health and vitality.