CranioSacral Therapy FAQ

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on healing technique that aims to promote the body’s natural ability to heal and regulate itself. By releasing tension deep within the body, pain and dysfunction begin to resolve leading to improved overall health.

Because CST supports the body’s natural ability to heal, this therapy is beneficial for everyone. And the extremely light touch makes it generally safer for almost everyone.

CST has been reported to help relieve symptoms including (but certainly not limited to):

  • Headache and Migraine
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • General Fatigue
  • Stress and Tension Related Disorders
  • TMJ Issues
  • Orthopedic Problems

The brain, spinal cord, and craniosacral system (membranes and fluid) are vital for body function. Daily stress causes changes, tightening, and tension in the craniosacral system, potentially hindering the central nervous system and other body systems. CST uses gentle touch to identify and resolve these issues, enhancing self-correction and addressing various problems.

CST sessions usually last 45 – 90 minutes, with the client fully clothed on a comfortable table. The therapist uses light touch to assess and address patterns of tension and imbalance. Experiences vary, with some feeling deeply relaxed or a better flow in the body, while others may fall asleep or have pleasant visual journeys.

Your personal experience with the work will provide the answer. Results vary, ranging from deep relaxation and increased energy to immediate pain relief or gradual integration over days. During a “reorganization phase,” the body may release old patterns and adjust to a new state, which could temporarily lead to new sensations or discomforts before reaching a state of wellness.

John Upledger wrote two books with the general public in mind. Both of them can offer a deeper look at this work.

“CranioSacral Theapy: Touchstone for Natural Healing”

“The Inner Physician and You”