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WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of gentle hands-
CST grew from Osteopathy which emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body and recognizes the body's ability to heal itself, working to facilitate that healing. To me a successful CST session is one where the self healing mechanism is given an assist or boost and then kicks in to do its own healing, the effects continuing long after the treatment is over.
A CST therapist is often working with the connective tissue, or, fascia. Fascia is sometimes thought of as the web which holds the body together. It changes shape and consistency as it moves from one structure to another with no interruption. Because it is slickly lubricated it facilitates smooth, fluid movement within and between the muscles and other structures of the body. It is a continuous envelope which encases the muscle, separates the bundles of fascicles within the muscle and divides the muscle fibres within the fascicle. At the ends of the muscle these fine wisps of fascia come together and thicken to continue as tendon, attaching muscle to bone. The fascia then changes to become the periosteum -
Neck, shoulder and back pain and injury
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Stress and anxiety
TMJ Dysfunction Anxiety
WHAT DOES CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY TREAT?
CST has been shown to be useful in treating a wide variety of conditions from chronic pain to autism to some forms of depression. Headaches, chronic neck pain and TMJ disorder are among the conditions that respond particularly well to CST. CST often produces profound effects on conditions which have been unresponsive to other forms of therapy.
WHAT IS A CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY SESSION LIKE?
Loose comfortable clothing is recommended, the client generally lies comfortably on their back on a massage table. People with difficulty lying this position can be accommodated; treatments can even take place with the client seated in a chair.
The therapist will use a very light pressure to assess the patterns of tension, usually starting at the feet and working up. The therapist will move around the body according to where the tension leads them, which doesn't always coincide with where the pain is. Treatment is similar to the assessment; usually very light, sometimes briefly increasing pressure, sometimes working on the head or spine, sometimes the limbs or trunk. Limbs may be moved around, the position of the head and neck may change. The treatment is always very gentle and respectful.
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Craniosacral therapy can be enormously helpful with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), including ME, post viral fatigue and fibromalgia. However, this client group has particular needs and negative treatment reactiions are common, but perfectly normal, and should be of no concern.
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