CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the physiological body system by working with tissues surrounding the central nervous system.

According to the Upledger Institute International:

“CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touched approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health and performance.” (Upledger Institute International).

The central nervous system influences a person’s overall health and well-being. It plays a role in all other bodily systems. And the central nervous system is heavily impacted by “the craniosacral system – the soft tissues and fluid that protect [a person’s] brain and spinal cord” (Upledger Institute International).

Our body is built to handle and compensate for daily stresses and strains that come from living. But it can only handle these stresses up to a certain point. Too much stress and strain can cause tightening of the soft tissues to the point that the central nervous system is functionally compromised. This, in turn, can compromise other systems in the body. (Upledger Institute International).

By releasing these tensions in the soft tissue, the body is able “to relax and self-correct.” (Upledger Institute International).

This technique is performed while the client is fully clothed. Typically, the client is lying face-up on a massage table during the session.


Upledger Institute International. Discover CranioSacral Therapy the Healing Power of Gentle Touch [Brochure]. Upledger Productions, 2005-2019.

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