The Craniosacral System

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) evaluates and addresses restrictions in the craniosacral system.

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, as well as the attached bones. These membranes extend from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (which make up the cranium) and down the spine to the sacrum or tailbone area. This craniosacral system plays a vital role in maintaining the environment in which the central nervous system (CNS) functions. The CNS monitors and responds to everything which is happening in the body. Since the brain and spinal cord are contained within the craniosacral system, it is easy to see how it has a powerful influence over a wide variety of bodily functions.

Craniosacral therapy frees up the tissues in and around the craniosacral system to enhance the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF nourishes, protects and cleanses the central nervous system and enhances nerve conductivity. Improved flow of CSF provides the body with resources allowing it to better perform and when necessary to heal itself and restore functions to a better balanced state.

Because it enhances the body's natural healing processes CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure. It has the ability to sustain a healthy immune system and bolster resistance to disease. It also promotes relaxation by calming the autonomic nervous system, the high-alert system that controls the fight/flight response. Good health can be compromised by external factors, but also by hormones and chemicals released naturally by the body while coping with 'dis-ease' and the stresses and strains of life. CST improves inner health and gives a sense of well-being.

CST therapists use finely tuned palpation skills which are unique in working to tune in with the body's natural rhythms while respecting client individualism.

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