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What is Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy?

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The cranial-sacral system of our body is composed of the cerebrospinal fluid and membranes that wraps and shield the vertebrae and brain. The fluid that flows through the (CNS) is the cerebrospinal fluid. It travels over the dural tube found between the skull and brain. This fluid carries nutrients to structures in the nervous system and eliminates wastes from the brain and spinal cord. The cerebrospinal fluid is mainly responsible for the detoxification of the nervous system and also functions as a shock absorber, safeguarding the vertebrae and brain from trauma caused by blows, falls, or movements that result in the body’s misalignment.

Stretching from the cranium (bones of the mouth, face, and skull) to the coccyx (tailbone area), the cranial sacral system can be affected by external factors that imbalance or restrict its function leading to a variety of motor, sensory, or neurological disabilities. Certain issues that may crop up from an imbalance in this system would include learning disabilities, motor coordination defects, scoliosis, eye problems, and chronic pain.

What is CST (Cranial Sacral Therapy)?

A healing technique that sprung out of Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy is the ancient healing modality of bone setting. It was reintroduced to the world by a doctor of osteopathy named John Upledger in 1970. CST is a hands-on and gentle approach of assessing and improving the performance of the craniosacral system. Cranial sacral therapy is oftentimes done with the patient fully clothed. A practitioner releases limitations in the craniosacral system with the use of soft touch no greater than five grams, which is roughly the weight of a nickel, in order to enhance how the CNS functions.

How Does CST Treat Illnesses?

CST is more and more preferred as a preventive health therapy due to its ability to strengthen resistance to disease and to active the body’s natural healing processes. It is very effective for a wide variety of medical conditions related to dysfunction and pain. They include:

• Migraine Headaches
• Motor-Coordination Disorders
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Autism
• Colic
• Orthopedic Conditions
• CNS Problems
• Vertebral and Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Infantile Disorders
• Scoliosis
• Chronic Fatigue
• Learning Difficulties
• Tension and Stress-Related Problems
• Emotional Difficulties
• TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome)
• Post-Surgical Dysfunction
• Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
• PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
• Neurovascular or Immune Disorders

What to Expect in a Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy?

You first will be told to lay face up fully dressed on a massage table. Before you come in for the therapy your practitioner will remind you to wear comfortable loose clothing. A typical CST session last about an hour. The therapy brings about a sense of profound and deep relaxation according to people who undergone it. CST helps remind us what a real state of relaxation is like. This therapy uses a very gentle but at the same time, very powerful touch. It’s unlike other conventional forms of bodywork such as Rolfing or deep tissue massage. The outcomes are often much deeper, and interestingly, this is due to the lighter touch. The inherent wisdom of our body, our inner doctor, is what guides the session – enabling the body to unwind and release as it needs in order to recuperate or enhance health. It may look like that your nervous system has a reset button that has been pushed.

Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

Written by Valerie

January 30th, 2018 at 2:25 pm