Ever Heard of Craniosacral Therapy? Here's Why We Love CST!

What is craniosacral therapy (CST)?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a mild hands-on treatment that may give relief from a range of symptoms such as headaches and neck discomfort, as well as aid in the treatment of a variety of other disorders.

CST is a form of bodywork that reduces compression in the skull, sacrum (a triangle bone in the lower back), and spinal column. CST assists in alleviating stress in the central nervous system by decreasing pain and enhancing health and immunity by using light touch to evaluate membranes and fluid circulation in and around the central nervous system.

CST is noninvasive, and it is believed that the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system may be adjusted with mild manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis. This eliminates "blockages" from the usual flow, allowing the body to repair more effectively.

How Does CST Benefit You?

CST is believed to improve biological process efficiency by enhancing innate self-regulation, self-correction, and self-healing. CST is intended to ease head, neck, and back compression. This can relieve pain as well as emotional and physical stress and anxiety. It's also thought to help restore cranial movement and relieve or release head, neck, and nerve constraints.

CST has demonstrated benefits in the treatment of the following conditions:

Chronic pain.


Migraine headache.

Complex regional pain syndrome.

Fascial adhesions.

Multiple sclerosis.


Neurodegenerative diseases.

Temporo-mandibular joint syndrome.


Post-concussion syndrome.

Speech impairment.


What You Can Expect From a Craniosacral Therapy Session

A CST session is similar to a massage treatment although, you remain completely clothed - so dress comfortably for your session.

Your practitioner will begin the therapy session by questioning you about your symptoms and any previous diseases you may have.

The therapist will then utilize light pressure methods to determine whether there are any disturbances or limits in your fascial system. Light touch and fascial release may assist your muscles and organs reduce tension naturally, improving function. Other patients frequently report a state of profound relaxation.

Your session will last around one hour, and you will most likely begin by reclining on your back on the massage table. The practitioner may start at your head, feet, or somewhere in the center of your body.

The provider will gently grasp your feet, head, or sacrum using five grams of pressure (roughly the weight of a coin) to listen to their tiny rhythms.

If necessary, they may gently push or move you to restore the flow of CSF fluids. While supporting one of your limbs, they may apply tissue-release techniques.

Some people have reported various experiences during the procedure, such as:

  • feeling deep relaxation

  • falling asleep, and later recalling memories or seeing colors

  • sensing pulsations

  • having a “pins and needles” (numbing) sensation

  • having a hot or cold sensation

Our Thoughts

Cranial sacral therapy may be able to provide relief for certain conditions, with the strongest evidence supporting it as a treatment for conditions like headaches. Due to the minimal chance of adverse effects, some people may prefer CST to prescription medications that come with more risks.

Here at Anahata Wellbeing Retreat, we recently welcomed Tarique Nasim Khan to our team of Professional Therapists. Tariq has been practicing yoga and meditation for the last 25 years and is a certified Yoga instructor and trained Craniosacral Therapist.

To find out more about the Treatments and Therapies we offer, visit www.anahatawellbeing.com

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