Chrysalis Healing Arts
Inspiring the Joy of Health

The Value of CST by Joy Athans, R.N., H.H.P.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle approach for releasing restricions deep within the body to help relieve pain and dysfunction. In the early 1900s osteopathic physician William Sutherland discovered that cranial sutures were designed to express small degrees of motion throughout life. He originated and taught a system of manipulating cranial bones called cranial osteopathy to osteopathic physicians for many years.

As a result of his extensive research beginning in the 1970s John Upledger D.O. developed a body of work focused on normalizing the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. He named his method CranioSacral Therapy and began teaching his therapeutic techniques to non-osteopaths.

The CranioSacral practitioner evaluates the craniosacral system using suble palpatory skills and gently encourages the client's body to self-correct. By enhancing the body's innate self-healing mechanisms, CranioSacral Therapy helps to alleviate headaches, migraines, TMJ Disorder, stress related issues, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, chronic pain and many other conditions.

CranioSacral Therapy is done on a massage table with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Many individuals experience a sense of profound relaxation and well-being during and after the session.