What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?

WELLSET GETTING STARTED GUIDE:

Everything you need to know about Cranial Sacral Therapy

Ever wondered “What is a Cranial Sacral Therapy?” or “How can a Cranial Sacral Therapist help me?” or even “How can I find a Cranial Sacral Therapist near me?” Look no further! This Getting Started Guide is a great place to start.

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CRANIAL SACRAL OVERVIEW

Sometimes we need a reminder that our bodies are our own best healers.


Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork that uses gentle touch to treat head, neck and upper-spine related pain or immobility. Generally, pain in these areas can be caused by compression, bad posture, injury or strain. CST techniques are used to soothe and manipulate soft tissue in these areas to encourage the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, providing relief to our central nervous system (CNS).  

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WHAT SCIENCE IS SAYING

Cranial Sacral Therapy can help relieve pain

The body’s ability to function is hugely influenced by the brain and spinal cord that make up our central nervous system. The craniosacral system – the membranes and fluids that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord – is also hugely influential to these systems. Cranial Sacral Therapists use a light touch methodology to relax distortions and imbalances in the craniosacral system by activating the movement of cerebrospinal fluid.

One study published by BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine online journal that patients suffering from severe migraines reported the use of Cranial Sacral Therapy to be beneficial in relieving pain and lessening anxiety. Some beleive that CST may have the ability to lessen the symptoms of Alzheimers disease, autism, anxiety and reactions to emotional stressors, although more tests are really needed to understand the full benefits of this technique.

The experience of Cranial Sacral Therapy is different from Chiropractic Care in that CST practitioners use a light massing touch instead of the “cracking” adjustments that Chiropractors often employ.

Sources: Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Duke University, NIH

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What our practitioner experts have to say

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JENNIFER MATHYS
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Jennifer Matthys-Cranial Sacral Therapist

WELLSET: HOW CAN CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY HELP HEAL THE BODY?

MATTYS: CranioSacral Therapy is a light, therapeutic touch that works with the cerebral spinal fluid in the client to break through any tensions in the body to relieve pain, dysfunction and induce deep relaxation.


When you endure stresses and strains, your body absorbs them.  But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord.  Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system and nearly every other system in your body. 
CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct.  Using a gentle touch the practitioner can evaluate you for strain patterns.  Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.  


By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CST has been shown to naturally reduce pain and stress, strengthen your resistance to disease and enhance your health and well-being.
Because it’s so gentle, it’s effective for people who may not be able to handle deeper forms of work, like those who just had surgery, the elderly, or those in hospice. 

Conditions that Cranial Sacral Therapists can help ease:

Neck Pain, Back Pain, IBS, Sleep Problems, Anxiety, Depression, Wellbeing, Stress