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.


CST is recommended as a complementary therapy to other modalities, especially when treating conditions like:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Trauma recovery
  • Stress
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • PTSD
  • Post-surgical recovery


Initial consultation** (90 minutes; includes massage) • $120
60 minutes • $80
90 minutes • $120
120 minutes • $150

*CST can be woven into your regular bodywork program. If you have a massage package, you can use one or more of those sessions for Craniosacral Therapy. 

**New clients only

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