CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is one of the most effective modalities that helps your body heal itself without any negative side-effects. Because it gets your body working to correct itself, and because it is non-invasive, the possibilities for what CST can achieve are vast. Each one of us is born with all the right “machinery” to self-correct and heal on our own. Sometimes, however, through diet, lifestyle, stress and trauma, among other things, our natural defenses break down and this innate ability to self-heal needs a nudge to regain access to its power again.
I am that nudge.
With my help, your body will remember how to do what it does best.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
The Upledger Institute explains everything:
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
How does CranioSacral Therapy work?
Again, from the Upledger website:
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord, resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
There is an innate ability of the human body to heal itself. When the skin is lacerated, this self-correcting mechanism responds with an elaborate process to close the skin. Immune responses and inflammatory responses are also indicative of the body’s self-healing abilities. CranioSacral Therapy involves facilitating or enhancing the body’s own natural capacity when traumatic or disease processes overwhelm the system.
What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Orthopedic Problems
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Emotional Difficulties
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction
- Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Migraines and Headaches
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Post-Concussion Symptoms
- Chronic Fatigue
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- And so much more!
Introductory Video on CranioSacral Therapy
What does a CranioSacral Therapy session look like?
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet, private setting. Fully clothed, you relax on a comfortable, padded table.
Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. By carefully listening with her hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, a CST-trained therapist can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.
Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.
A CranioSacral Therapy session with me can last up to an hour and a half. It can be used alone or integrated with my other holistic therapies to create powerful healing effects.
What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas being worked on.
A Video About CranioSacral Therapy and Autism
“Ms. Moser has helped drastically improve my performance as an athlete. As a competitive swimming (soon to be competing collegiately), I needed help relieving muscular stress (acquired during training) before big competitions. In addition to relieving muscular stress, Ms. Moser has helped me realize the importance of a healthy mind and how my state of mind can directly affect my performances. Ms Moser has helped me break through to a whole new level of competition and I highly recommend her to any competitive athlete who would like to do the same!”
– Timothy K.
Watch: CranioSacral Therapy Boosts Athleticism
“I thank you so much for Friday’s session; an amazing, healing, work of art! I experienced such a shift when I was on the table; I am so thankful for all of the things that came up to be cleared and healed. Later on that day, at home, I began to feel very peaceful and was able to rest deeply. The next morning while still in bed, realizing I was going to drive to my son’s house and stay for the weekend, some anxiety was there about that, but I was guided to get up, and as I went about getting packed and ready, I was calm and focused. Driving up there, (driving often a stressor for me), I was mostly calm and in my center! I was able to be present to the family with LOVE and enjoy my time with them, which hasn’t been the case for years now.
Also, yesterday, when I went to a grocery store, which is usually quite busy & frenetic, and where I usually feel lousy when I go in there, I was PEACEFUL & in my center! These things show me how different I’m actually feeling.
I am remembering the wonderful things that came to my awareness, with your beautiful guidance, in my session, and continue to bring them with me for healing and PEACE.
I will be in touch with more feedback; I feel like I could write a book!”
Video: A Visual Telling
“Hi Kathy, I just wanted to send you some gratitude for all the insights you gave me while we were working together. The healing you did for me is a gift that keeps on giving and I draw on things I learned from you about myself and the universe all the time.”
– Mary M.