I recently acquired my level one certificate in Craniosacral therapy (CST), which is quite different from the way I usually treat- if you’re a client of mine you know I tend to lean towards deep tissue massage. Because of this, I found the course to be quite challenging, as it relies on fine touch and minimal movements. The course was offered right in town, at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, and I can’t wait to go back for more.
Craniosacral therapy is based on the idea that there is minimal movement between the individual bones that construct your skull. These movements correspond to the increase and decrease of CSF as it is produced and reabsorbed. To the therapist, it feels somewhat like a pulse, and can be uneven or nonexistent if is there is an issue or restriction. By applying gentle, specific pressures and manipulations, the system can be realigned, which facilitates proper flow of CSF. This therapy has been known to help headaches and migraines, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular dysfunction, trigeminal neuralgia, ADD/ADHD, tinnitus, and many others. In addition, due to the mild nature of the treatment, it is soothing and relaxing and almost anyone can benefit from it.
I’ll be doing my level two, which focuses on the spinal cord and sacrum, later this year. In the meantime, I need practice! If you’d like a gentle way to end your treatment, or would like to try a new approach to existing issues, craniosacral therapy might be the right thing for you.
By: Teresa Noye, RMT