What is Craniosacral Therapy
To the outside observer, Craniosacral therapy (CST) looks a little like mind reading, or maybe fortune telling. There’s not a lot of action—the practitioner very gently palpates specific points on and around the skull, torso, knees, and feet.
This modality is an offspring of osteopathy, which taps into the functions of the musculoskeletal system to promote health and healing. There is no manipulation, pressure, or major movement involved.
Through this light pressure, CST practitioners are able to perceive the body’s subtle rhythms by tuning into what we call the craniosacral pulse.
Using slight pressure (about 5 grams, no more than the weight of a nickel), as well as pointed communication with the client, practitioners work to release restrictions and/or stored trauma, thus improving the overall function of the central nervous system.
This modality was developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger. You can read more about his work and CST here.