CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a treatment modality that your therapist may chose to utilize during your treatments at Shine, as almost anyone, from newborns to seniors, can benefit from it. CST is a gentle yet powerful method of detecting and correcting the alignment and function of the craniosacral system. It seeks to improve the fluidity and mobility of the entire craniosacral system, which includes the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord, and all the bones of the spine from the cranium (head) to the sacrum (triangular bone at the base of the spine, just above the tailbone). The delicate balance of this complex system can be compromised by trauma, surgery, poor posture, and even minor injuries. Craniosacral dysfunctions can create a cascade of negative effects anywhere in the body that may present years after the initial event.
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet, private setting and can last as little as a few minutes or up to an hour. The client remains fully clothed while comfortably lying on a treatment table. By carefully palpating (or "listening") with the hands to feel for tissue motion restrictions and areas of weak or congested fluid flow, the therapist can trace an imbalance to the original source of dysfunction. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release and rebalance those problem areas. Like other manual therapies, CST does not take the place of empowering movement, breath, and postural retraining, but used in combination with these it can create powerful and deeply healing effects. What you experience during your own session is highly individualized and based on your body's unique response to each technique. Clients leave feeling more relaxed, aligned and present in their bodies. By releasing tensions in the craniosacral system, the body is better able to heal and make intuitive self-corrections even after the conclusion of a treatment.
Individual's with the following symptoms tend to respond very well to CST: headaches, migraines, clenching and jaw dysfunction (TMD), tension, sinus pressure, tinnitus, vertigo, and spinal impairments (including herniated disc, whiplash and muscle strains). Most orthopedic injuries - even wrist, knee or hip pain - can benefit from CranioSacral techniques as well.