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CranioSacral Therapy
The Body's CranioSacral System
The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological difficulties.

What to Expect When You Receive a CST Treatment
To receive a CranioSacral Therapy treatment you lie fully clothed on a padded massage table, covered with a blanket, if you wish. After an assessment of the body's craniosacral system the gentle and precise placement of hands on the head, neck and body follows. The order, sequence, and length of time in each area is exactly matched for you by following your body's cues, thus a CranioSacral Therapy treatment is highly individualized to you and your needs in each moment.

Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral therapy encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.

CranioSacral Therapy helps the body release restrictions which it has been unable to overcome on its own. It is a gentle and effective treatment for:
• Stress
• Chronic pain
• Eye difficulties
• Scoliosis
• Insomnia
• Balance and motor-coordination impairments
• Learning disabilities
• Migraines and headaches
• Neck pain
• Back pain
• Sinus and ear imbalances
• Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
• Bell's Palsy
• Chronic fatigue
• Fibromyalgia
• Traumatic brain and spinal cord inuuries
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Depression
• Sciatica
• General wellness

How Did CranioSacral Therapy Begin?

CranioSacral Therapy dates back to 1970 when osteopathic physician John E. Upledger first witnessed the rhythmic movement of the craniosacral system during a spinal surgery. Later, Dr. Upledger attended a cranial osteopathy course developed by Dr. William Sutherland. The course focused on the bones of the skull and the fact that they weren't fused as doctors had been taught in medical school. Instead, Sutherland demonstrated that skull bones continue to move throughout a person's life.

Putting this new information together with the odd pulsing rhythm he'd observed years before, Dr. Upledger theorized that a hydraulic system of sorts was functioning inside the craniosacral system. He then set out to confirm his theories.

In 1975, he joined the Osteopathic College at Michigan State University as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. There he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers to test and document the influence of therapy on the craniosacral system. For the first time they were able to explain the function of the craniosacral system, and demonstrate how light-touch therapy could be used to evaluate and treat malfunctions involving the brain and spinal cord.

In 1985, Dr. Upledger established The Upledger Institute to teach the public and healthcare practitioners about the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy.