Massage Therapy: CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a very gentle style of massage therapy that is helpful in relieving physical and emotional pain. This therapy uses the craniosacral system of our body to assess restrictions in the fascia to pinpoint an area for release.
What is fascia and why it is important?
Fascia is a thin film of connective tissue that surrounds our muscles, attaches to the under surface of the skin, around our organs, along the spinal column, and into our brain and central nervous system. It is a continuous web that holds everything together and allows for movement of the muscles, organs and tissues of our body. It is what allows for slide and glide of the tissue.
What happens when fascia becomes stuck?
- Stuck fascia inhibits movement and decreases function
- Nerve conduction can be impaired
- Muscles shorten
- Joint range of motion becomes limited
- Organ function may change
- Digestion problems may occur
- Mental clarity and cognitive ability decrease
- Moods can be effected
- Eventually this leads to dysfunction and pain
How does the craniosacral system effect the fascia?
The craniosacral system is composed of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), the brain, the spinal cord and the structure that encloses it, the dural tube. The CSF is manufactured in the brain, it then travels around the brain to nourish it and then down the spinal cord to the sacral area (tailbone) and then back to the brain to be re-absorbed and the process repeats itself. This cycle is repeated 6 to 10 times a minute.
The fascia is attached to all of these structures, and as the CSF moves down and back up this movement creates a motion in the fascia. This is called the cranial wave, or ebb and flow.
Using light touch, a CranioSacral Therapist can feel for this wave anywhere in the body to find the restrictions and release the adhesion freeing up the fascia, tissue, muscles and bones. This will increase circulation, increase range of motion and reduce pain: allowing you to feel a deep sense of relaxation and greater mobility.
CranioSacral Therapy is safe for adults, infants, toddlers and elders. It is effective in many situations:
- Auto accidents
- Immune disorders
- Chronic illness or injury
- Digestive concerns
- Pregnancy and the post-partum period
- Muscle strain/sprain
- Sports injures
- Surgery recovery