Craniosacral Therapy

The Gentle Art of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is difficult to describe; it truly needs to be experienced.  CST is a therapeutic technique that harnesses the power of light touch to promote relaxation, reduce pain, and encourage healing. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of touch, the principles behind CST, and what to expect during a session.


The Power of Touch

Touch, The First Sense

Touch is often hailed as the first sense we experience. From the womb to the first moments of life, it plays a crucial role in establishing feelings of safety and comfort. This primal sense helps us express emotions, provide reassurance, and strengthen our connections with others, contributing to our overall well-being.


Can Light Touch Really Do Anything?

Contrary to the common belief that more pressure yields better results, CST relies on the principle that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The gentle touch used in CST allows practitioners to work with the body, supporting its natural efforts to release restrictions and return to balance. This approach is more effective than firmer pressure, which can often be met with resistance.


Understanding “Restrictions”

Tension Hotspots

In CST, the term “restrictions” refers to areas in the body where tension is held. These restrictions can result from physical, mental, emotional, or other processes, leading to symptoms such as reduced mobility, decreased blood flow, compromised nerve function, pain, and more. The light touch in CST helps identify and draw attention to these restrictions, enabling the body to initiate its process of release.


What Can You Expect During a CST Session?

The CST Experience

CST sessions take place in a comfortable position, lying face up on a massage table with clothes on. Practitioners apply a light touch to specific areas of the body where restrictions are detected, patiently sitting with them until the tension relaxes and unwinds. Clients often report an incredible sense of peace and relaxation, and some may even experience a range of emotions.


Patient Autonomy

Your comfort is of utmost importance during a CST session. Feel free to express your emotions or remain silent – it’s your session. The practitioner may ask questions occasionally but will respect your desire for silence or engage in conversation as initiated by you.


Craniosacral Therapy offers a unique and gentle approach to healing, tapping into the body’s innate ability to release tension and restore balance. By recognizing the power of touch and understanding the principles behind CST, individuals can embark on a journey of relaxation, well-being, and self-discovery.  It helps treat a variety of conditions such as anxiety, abnormal bowel function, and insomnia, to name a few.  Book a visit with Dr. Sweeney and receive a free 15-minute introductory CST session with your first in-person visit.