CranioSacral Therapy (CST) 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? 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.

  • What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Infant and Childhood Disorders
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • And Many Other Conditions

CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body/mind health and performance, this approach can create dramatic improvements in your life. It is also a great immune system booster.

Our central nervous system is the boss, basically, of all our body systems. Every day we endure stresses and strains and we absorb them. These can be emotional or physical, some small, some big and traumatic.  Our bodies can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the whole brain and spinal cord and body.

CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions stored in the body, and allows the mind/body system to self-correct. The technique is gentle as the client lies on a table with clothes on. The practitioner uses a light touch while evaluating the client’s internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find. This allows the central nervous system to perform at its best. CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease and enhances your health and well-being. Our practitioner has trained also specifically in Somato/Emotional release CST which is extremely helpful in releasing emotional and behavioral patterns, that have been stored from child-hood and past emotional traumas,  (ie. Fears, abuse issues, PTSD, are some examples).

Clients will lie on a padded table, clothed, in a quiet setting. Sessions usually last about an hour. The practitioner uses the light touch described earlier to evaluate and release problem areas. CranioSacral therapy can be used alone or integrated with other therapists (Chiropractic, acupuncture, among others) to create powerful effects. For more information you can go to

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