Craniosacral Therapy (CST) releases tensions and allows the body to relax, naturally eliminating pain and stress. CST can help relieve migraines, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction and release scar tissue.
By gently working with the spine, the cranial sutures of the skull, diaphragm, and muscle fascia, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased allowing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord. Misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position.
With pressure no greater than 5 grams, restrictions in the craniosacral system are released to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The emphasis in CST is to help resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind. This involves the practitioner “listening through the hands” to the body’s subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia or congestion. Through the development of subtle palpatory skills the practitioner can read the story of the body, identify places where issues are held and then follow the natural priorities for healing as directed by the patient’s own physiology.
The intention of treatment is to facilitate the elimination of blocks and enhance the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities.
Baby Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy may help to encourage the expression of the baby’s inherent health to create a more balanced and calm state.
In recognition of the very close relationship, both mother and baby are recommended to be treated in the session. Since the baby relates to its world through the felt sense and primarily through the contact with the mother, they often present with similar patterns to their mother. Treating the mother at the same time as the baby can significantly enhance the babies response to treatment. Fathers and other primary caregivers are very welcome too.
Treatment is performed with babies fully clothed and usually treated on their mother or father’s lap. However treatment can still take place during breastfeeding, whilst being cradled or during sleep. Toddlers may be worked with sitting beside a parent or, on the floor as they play or are entertained by a parent. For children of school age, the practitioner is able to use the treatment couch. Light contact is made usually at the cranium or sacrum, however treatment can take place at any part of the body.
Babies and children tend to respond well to craniosacral treatment, generally requiring fewer sessions than most adults. The treatment process is gentle, non-invasive and completely respectful of the physical and emotional needs of the individual baby/child.
The treatment of babies and children is a specialist field within craniosacral therapy. As such, it is recommended that parents take the time to ensure that any potential therapist has the requisite skills and experience in this area