CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

Migraine Headaches

Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Motor-Coordination Impairments



Central Nervous System Disorders

Orthopedic Problems

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries


Infantile Disorders

Learning Disabilities

Chronic Fatigue

Emotional Difficulties

Stress and Tension-Related Problems

Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

Neurovascular or Immune Disorders

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Surgical Dysfunction

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“In my experience of utilizing CranioSacral Therapy with my clients, I witness that the techniques reset the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS).  This is the part of our nervous system that is responsible for the healing, restoration, and maintenance of a healthy body.  When we do not take down time when we need it, or do not sleep well so our body can restore on a regular basis, our PNS shuts down and our systems get out of balance.  As a result, we may start having symptoms that show up in many ways, such as the list above.  Therefore, CST assists your body and mind to shift to a calmer state to more readily heal itself.  That is why this treatment is so great at treating such a variety of symptoms.  CranioSacral Therapy excels in the treatment of end-of-the-line chronic pain in which other therapies have failed. 

I have helped newborn infants process and release birth trauma using CranioSacral Therapy.  I have also helped many clients relieve headaches, tinnitis (ringing in the ears), and ear infections using CST.  All of the recipients always feel a greater sense of well-being after a treatment.

This technique is one of my favorite to administer and I continue to use its benefits to help my own body stay more in balance and it often takes care of any headache I may experience.”

In Health –

Shalan Hill

Shalan has completed training in CranioSacral Therapy I & II with the Upledger Institute.  She has been utilizing CranioSacral Therapy with great results since 2001.