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What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners support the craniosacral system in improving the functioning of the central nervous system by complementing the body's natural healing processes.
What is a typical session like?
Children rest fully clothed on a massage table or in my lap or their parent’s lap. Sometimes children sit, crawl, walk, stand or play with toys on the floor during the treatment. They don’t need to hold still.
I adapt my techniques to the attention span and needs of the child. I monitor the craniosacral rhythm with my hands. I conduct other gentle assessments and correct the sources of pain and dysfunction using gentle manipulative techniques.
Sometimes children release emotions or cry during treatments, but the techniques do not hurt babies and children. Seldom does the pressure exceed five grams (the weight of a nickel). The work is very gentle.
CST treatment sets the stage for the body to most efficiently use its own power to heal. Most children find the sessions to be deeply relaxing. Babies and children will often sleep for a longer stretch than usual after a session.
Craniosacral Therapy Can Help:
▪ Fussy, hard to soothe babies
▪Babies who seem uncomfortable in their bodies
▪Babies who have digestive or elimination difficulties
▪Babies who favor turning their heads to one side
▪Babies who favor one breast or position for nursing
▪Babies who seem overly sensitive
▪Babies who hate tummy time
▪Children who have mobility issues
▪Children who have sensory issues
▪Children who have vision issues
Craniosacral Therapy: FAQ
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