Most people are familiar with massage as a safe way to relieve muscle tension, soreness, and pain in the body — but there’s another treatment option that offers many of the same benefits and is even less invasive. You may have heard the term “Craniosacral” therapy, but you may not know what it is.
What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a treatment that works with the natural and unique rhythms of the fluid contained within the cranium, spine, sacrum (a triangular bone at the base of the spine). Using a hands-on technique, a therapist monitors those natural rhythms in an effort to find and correct tension throughout your body. The therapist then uses a light touch to facilitate connective tissue release and movement of craniosacral fluid, which flows between the cranium, spine, and sacrum, thereby relieving pain.
Receiving Craniosacral Therapy is a very relaxing experience, but performed while completely clothed. It is effective for those who cannot withstand the typical manual pressures associated with massage or physical therapy.
Craniosacral therapy can treat the following conditions:
CST is a natural way to heal your body, and helps many people who suffer from long-term chronic pain and many more conditions. Just like with massage therapy, it’s an all-around good treatment, but it can be especially effective for other conditions like:
- Migraines and headaches
- Muscle and joint pain
- Stress and tension
- Colic and sleeping disorders in babies
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- TMJ Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Frequently Asked Questions
Summit Physiotherapy massage therapist, Brenda Lee Germain, has been practicing craniosacral therapy (CST) for nearly two years. She answers some of the questions clients have before receiving a treatment for the first time.
What kinds of people get craniosacral therapy?
Everybody, really. Craniosacral therapy can treat a variety of ailments, making it valuable for many people. It’s also a great maintenance treatment. In our opinion, it’s often best to have a team of people to help you care for your body. It’s not likely that one type of treatment will meet all of your needs for your entire life. It’s more common to see clients utilizing multiple therapies such as massage, physiotherapy, and craniosacral therapy.
What can a patient expect from their first craniosacral treatment?
It’s very relaxing! While massage really focuses on muscle work, craniosacral therapy focuses on connective tissue, which ends up being a lighter pressure. Technically, it’s considered a hands-on treatment, but it’s a very non-invasive hands-on treatment. Craniosacral therapy is gentle, making it a very appropriate treatment for anyone and is especially comfortable for children, seniors, and people who are very sensitive to touch.
How will I feel after a craniosacral treatment?
You’ll feel relaxed, as you would after a massage. However, with massage therapy, people can walk away feeling worked on, and they might feel sore the next day. Craniosacral therapy is less invasive, so it’s less likely to cause soreness afterward. It’s a very easy treatment for the body to absorb.
How often can I receive craniosacral therapy?
While you can get a full-body massage every three or four days for the rest of your life, you’ll need much longer between craniosacral sessions. We recommend a minimum of two to three weeks in between treatments, so your body can process them.
Can you receive massage and craniosacral therapy at the same time?
Yes. The combination of both the muscle work (in massage therapy) and connective tissue work (in craniosacral therapy) is the perfect combination.
Ready to book your craniosacral therapy treatment?
For more information, or to book your consultation, call us today or book an appointment online. Visit our blog to learn more about what to expect at your first craniosacral therapy treatment session.