Craniosacral Therapy (CST) evolved from osteopathy and is a body-based form of therapy. The name ‘Craniosacral Therapy’ comes from the starting point of the method: working on the skull (cranium) through the spine down to the sacral bone (sacrum). To be more precise, this involves not only the many larger and smaller bones of the skull and the spine but also their contents, such as the brain/ central nervous system as well as the craniosacral fluid and the three membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). Subtle, inherent movements take place in these central body systems, similar to tidal ebbs and flows. These movements/impulses are in a close relationship with the human body and mind as a whole. All levels of a human being mutually interact. Dysbalance, stasis or weakness of the inherent movements can both lead to and reflect disorders on many different physical and/or mental levels.
An experienced practitioner can sense these deep and subtle movements everywhere in the body ( ‘listening’ with his hands), supports and if necessary also ‘disentangles’ them in order, to put it simply, restore balance. The touch or techniques applied in CST are extremely gentle and subtle, with the practitioner using minimal and sometimes almost indiscernible pressure and pulling forces. In addition, this quality of touch can sometimes have an ‘energy-based’ or ‘biodynamic’ dimension.
Although these techniques are very gentle – more ‘suggestions’ than ‘commands’ – they can have a deep and lasting effect. They induce and support changes that the body – guided by its inherent self-healing abilities – ‘chooses’ and realises by itself. In this manner the body can dissolve unfavourable and distressful patterns and organise itself in new and healthier ways. Hence CST can have a deep and lasting effect that supports and facilitates self-healing impulses.
This description of Craniosacrale Therapy are kept very simple in order to make things clearer and to give a first impression. If you would like to find out more about CST, you can find links on this website.
As explained above, the term ‘craniosacral’ refers only to one core aspect of the method (skull <-> sacral bone). However, CST can be used to treat every part of every system of the body, or indeed many levels of health and well-being: the treatment spectrum of craniosacral work extends from a relaxing and vitalising general session, by way of integrative treatment of physical complaints such as headache and back pain, old injuries as well as general symptoms of stress and tension, and also coming to terms with emotional issues, all depending on what is required and agreed. A treatment on one level can also exert an effect on other levels.
Here is a brief selection (not a complete list) of themes, problems and medical indications where Craniosacral Therapy can usefully be applied:
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With regard to many indications, Craniosacral Therapy can also be helpful as a supporting method in parallel to conventional treatments. If you are unsure about this, please talk to your treating doctor, psychotherapist et etc.
There are also contra-indications for Craniosacrale Therapy, i.e. complaints or disorders for which the method is NOT suitable, for instance:
If you have any questions about indications or are otherwise unsure, please ask me!