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. It comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the skull ( the cranium) down to the tailbone ( the sacrum). The practitioners’ goal is to release restrictions in this system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
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 our brain has a connection to the immune system. The microglia 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.
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 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 been raped and even after years of counseling therapy, you still do not get to terms with it because the physical experience of the trauma has not been honoured. CST can help you release held body memory in a safe , held environment.
Chronic low or high level stress will affect your autonomic nervous system. The body is in a constant sympathetic fight or flight mode. CST can directly help to switch back into a parasympathetic rest and digest mode and activate a regenerative feeling.
Treatment of babies and new mothers
As mentioned before, birth can be very challenging for both mother and baby. If one or both of you feel out of sorts after giving birth, do consider CST. Please read my article on the info page on birth trauma.
The treatment is carried out with the client fully dressed lying on his back. Being very gentle, non invasive and non drug based, CST is suitable for babies, children and the elderly, as well as during pregnancy (please have a look at my article on the Info Page). Clients with a recent history of stroke should not seek such a treatment.
Designed to complement the body’s own natural healing process, CST is often used as a preventative health measure. It can be expected to promote a sense of well-being and deep relaxation. My personal interest is however trauma release.
For further information please go to the Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA)
web site : www.craniosacral.co.uk
For more on the Glymphatic system, see this informative video: