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:
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Central Nervous System Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The above information was excerpted from www.upledger.com
“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 has completed training in CranioSacral Therapy I & II with the Upledger Institute. She has been utilizing CranioSacral Therapy with great results since 2001.