In May, I attended a four-day CS1 (first level craniosacral therapy) workshop. It was exhausting to have my dura (three layers of connective tissue that house the brain and spinal cord) palpated and worked on for four days straight, but such a great experience to further my clinical practice!
CST works by mobilizing or gently moving the dura to relieve any restrictions and restore the correct movement. Restrictions can be due to an injury (mild or severe), overuse, under use or even a repetitive motion. There can be many other causes as well.
The therapy is accomplished using only about 5 grams of pressure. The point is to engage the tissue without enlisting the help of the surrounding muscles. We want to work deeper than the muscles and independently of them. John Upledger described the feeling to the therapist as "pulling a boat on a string with one finger". Very little pressure is needed, the trick is to wait for the tissue to respond, and to follow it as it does.
Depending on the area worked and the techniques used, CST can feel very mild to quite profound. Directly after the treatment, patients are generally relaxed. Over the hours and days following treatment, patients may notice a lessening of their symptoms.
CranioSacral Therapy can remove restrictions that cause chronic pain, neurological disorders and many other dysfunctions. It is helpful in the treatment of
- Headaches (all types)
- Chronic fatigue Syndrome
- Back and neck pain
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and
- Stress management
If this is a therapy you would like to try please call (604) 568-9886 or book online here. I look forward to seeing you!
photos from Gray's Anatomy