Craniosacral Therapy

CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using gentle pressure, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

“Healing involves a journey. Therapists from every health care discipline discover steps in a lifelong process that lead them ever deeper toward the truths of life and the service of their clients. Clients and patients learn about themselves and grow from the challenges of healing. Indigenous cultures explore the inner passages of the psyche in the shamanic journey to acquire healing. Spiritual aspirants follow practices that lead them toward a state of conscious integration and the essence of being.

On occasion, a rare healing practice is found that accesses all these qualities. Craniosacral therapy is becoming recognized as this kind of resource in the healing disciplines. Craniosacral therapy works directly with the many levels of human functioning, the process of healing, the journey healing involves, and the inner meaning held within our experiences. Craniosacral therapy gives us valuable skills for touching all these dimensions of human life.”

~ Craniosacral Therapy and the Energetic Body, An Overview of Craniosacral Biodynamics by Roger Gilchrist

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For more information on craniosacral therapy, visit The Upledger Institute

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