Cranio-Sacral Therapy is practiced by a plethora of health professionals most commonly
physical therapists, Massage Therapists and chiropractors - who employ a touch equivalent
to the weight of a nickel. As a result of this tender technique, many clients claim
that they can fall asleep during their CST sessions.
The theory behind cranio-sacral therapy is that when blockages occur in spinal fluid,
an unharmonious balance in the body can occur, resulting in muscle and joint strain,
emotional disturbances and the improper operation of the body's organs and central
nervous system. Practitioners believe that until the spinal fluid is naturally allowed
to move freely around the body, the central nervous system and the body's other major
organs and muscles will be put off balance and put at risk of sickness and injury.
During your cranio-sacral therapy session, you will lie facing upwards on a massage
table. You can opt to be fully-clothed or you can wear a gown. The massage therapist
will lightly manipulate various areas of your body including your bones, skull, spine,
pelvis and soft tissues to clear any blockages of cerebrospinal fluid to allow the
fluid to flow more smoothly and naturally.
A cranio-sacral therapy session typically lasts, at minimum, 20 minutes, but a session
can last up to an hour, depending on the seriousness of your condition. CST has been
known to aid various health problems such as migraine headaches, sinus disorders
and immune deficiencies. CST has also been used as a preventative therapy in cases
where a clients immune system is very low.
Minor health ailments such as chronic headaches can typically be treated with a few
CST sessions. However more serious health conditions that cause severe pain or chronic
disease should be conducted over a series of weekly CST sessions.