CST is based on the work of Dr. W. Sutherland- the pioneer of cranial osteopathy- at the start of the 20th century. It is a gentle, hands on method of treatment, which involves a practitioner applying a very light touch to the body to evaluate and enhance a the functioning of a body system called craniosacral system.
CST works differently for different people and the treatment approach varies, depending on what you bring to the session: a physical ailment, an emotional trauma, bereavement , stress, feeling dissociated from your body, or perhaps soul searching…
Here are some examples:
CST enhances detoxification of the brain via the Glymphatic System, which is like a layer of piping that surrounds the brains’s existing blood vessels. Scientists know now that the microscopic pipelines of the Glymphatic system are in fact the immune system of the brain and help it to detoxify. The cerebrospinal fluid or CSF plays an important role cleansing brain tissue, carrying away waste products and carrying nutrients to brain tissue through a process known as diffusion.( For info on the Glymphatic system please see video below.)
CST will help heal trauma and adverse life experience that tend to get locked into body tissues. These experiences directly influence our biology. You may have had a difficult birth and were unconscious of it at the time but it still affects you today. You may have had a hard time giving birth or even lost your baby. You may have been involved in a car accident and find yourself anxious and unable to drive, or breaking into sweat each time you get into the car. You may have experienced abuse and even after years of therapy, you still do not get to terms with it because the trauma has been locked into the body, when mind and feelings were overwhelmed or too immature to deal with with the trauma situation. You may feel dissociated from parts of your body, anxious, low in energy as a result of the trauma. I can help you release trapped body memory in a safe and supportive way. We will open up blocked channels, so energy can flow freely again.
You may have guessed that I have a particular interest in the resolution of trauma, to help you move on with your life’s challenges.
Chronic low or high level stress will affect your autonomic nervous system. The body is in a constant sympathetic fight or flight mode, unable to switch off. CST can directly help you to switch back into a more restful parasympathetic mode and activate a deep sense of relaxation and regeneration.
Treatment of mothers and babies
As mentioned before, birth can be very challenging for both mother and baby. If you or your baby feel out of sorts after giving birth, do consider CST. Please read my article on the Info Page on birth trauma.
CST is suitable for babies, children and the elderly, as well as during pregnancy (please see Info Page). Clients with a recent history of stroke should NOT seek such a treatment.
CST will enhance and connect you with your body’s natural healing ability within. As a therapist I help to make this connection with deep listening and presence, as well as holding space and your body.
For further information please go to the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association (CSTA)
web site : www.craniosacral.co.uk
For more on the Glymphatic system, see this informative video: