CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a subtle yet effective form of manual techniques that involves light touch (usually no more than 5 grams which is the weight of 2 five cent coins) to listen and effect the craniosacral system. This system is made up of the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord. It is with listening hands that CST can locate areas of weak flow or poor tissue motion within the craniosacral system. CST techniques are then used to improve these areas which inevitably has a flow on effect to your Central Nervous System (CNS).
It takes practice to understand and comprehend this modality as a therapist and time to fine tune the sensitivity in your hands.
The session can be made up of CST alone or can be integrated with other therapies to provide a multidisciplinary approach.
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician Dr John Upledger. Dr Upledger worked as a clinical researcher and professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. His team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers performed experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system.