Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands on form of bodywork that releases tension deep in the body . It was developed by an American Osteopathic physician about a hundred years ago. It is also called cranial osteopathy.
The practitioner applies light touch to the spine , skull, cranial sutures and sacrum. This releases myofacial restrictions and tensions in the body . As well as eases restrictions of the nerves.
It is used to treat stress, pain , birth or other traumas, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), migraines, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, TMJ Syndrome, stress disorders along with many other painful or neurological conditions.
Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged.
The method was developed over 100 years ago by an osteopath named William Sutherland after observing that areas where certain bones in the cranium met were beveled “like the gills of a fish”, indicating joint-like movement. He made connections between the cranium and other areas of the body in developing this technique for releasing deep tension and stress.
Despite being largely rejected by the mainstream osteopathic profession, Sutherland’s work prevailed throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s and the technique increased in popularity. Post-graduate courses at the American School of Osteopathy were created and directed by Sutherland as demand increased for trained teachers. Notable practitioners include Viola Frymann, Edna Lay, Howard Lippincott, Anne Wales, Chester Handy and Rollin Becker.
The amount of CST sessions needed varies from individual to individual and from condition to condition . From just one treatment to a series of 3 or more done on a weekly basis.
The treatment is suitable for people of all ages, including babies, children and the elderly and is effective in acute or chronic cases. It creates optimal conditions for health by encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being.
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