What’s a Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) was developed by John Upledger in the 1970s. Upledger was the co-founder of The Upledger Institute International, Inc. This therapy is considered a form of osteopathy in the cranial field. CST uses light-touch to feel the patient’s synarthrodial joints of the cranium. These joints help to regulate fluids that are part of “primary respiration” process. According to Body Intelligence Training, primary respiration refers to “subtle rhythmic expressions of the breath of life. Can be felt at different rates or as different perceptual states. Sometimes used to denote the action of long tide only”. This idea of the Primary Respiratory System (PRS) was anticipated by Upledger.

Still, this therapy claims to have many advantages for patients suffering from stress and chronic pain. The therapy can enhance the possibilities of the body to heal itself since CST regulates the cranial fluids that feed our nervous system. CST therapy is focused on the head and the spine, but the treatment can be done in other parts of the body if the patient feels like it. Additionally, Craniosacral Therapy is an extremely relaxing experience. The people who have tried it before affirmed that “receiving craniosacral therapy is one of the most relaxing experiences I have ever had on any massage table”.

All in all, CST practitioners affirm that the head is the source of most of the problem our body might experience. According to the Irish Association of Craniosacral Therapists, “These events include trauma of any nature; injury, physical or emotional trauma, or could be chemical or biological in nature. Everything the body experiences is recorded in the tissue and may cause restrictions”. That’s why CST is miraculous. Still, some doctors consider that recurring to other treatments before CST might be the best since this is a recently created therapy that hasn’t been scientifically supported.