Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle way of working with your body using a light therapeutic touch to encourage the release of symptoms caused by physical, psychological and emotional stress. It is a supportive and holistic approach to healing that’s suitable for all ages.
Through subtle touch, the therapist reads the ‘story’ of your body, locating tensions and using its physiology as a guide to healing. It responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. This deep connection enables it to initiate the pace of each treatment and the form of its own healing.
Sustained stress, grief or depression can at times eclipse our sense of self, leaving us feeling disconnected, dislocated and helpless. CST works with our underlying health, rather than simply treating symptoms.
In our present culture, with its emphasis on speed and productivity, it can be difficult to find time for ourselves and to make space to slow down, so stresses accumulate on a daily basis. If we don’t find ways to release them, we either become good at managing them, while still feeling overwhelmed, or we become overwhelmed by them.
Our stress response activates our autonomic nervous system, which controls the organs, glands and smooth muscles of the body, and has a sensory feedback to the central nervous system. CST can help to regulate the nervous system and transform your stress response by listening, feeling and developing resources that support health and vitality.
All healing is directly related to the quality of resources available to us, so CST encourages the development of your reservoir of resources.
CST can alleviate depression, stress, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, acute and chronic pain, immune system disorders, muscular pain and digestive problems among many other ailments.
By Rana Ward