Osteopathic physician John E. Upledger discovered in 1970 that there was a rhythmic movement among the cranium, spinal column and sacrum. Based on the theory that the cranial bones allow for movement, he systematically led research (1975-1983) that resulted in confirmation and clarification of these mechanisms, now called the craniosacral system. His continued research gave birth to CranioSacral Therapy (CST).
Just as your cardiovascular system is felt as a pulse, the rhythm of the craniosacral system is also felt throughout the body. A CST practitioner can monitor this rhythm at key body points to pinpoint the source of a block or stress.
CST is very subtle. The therapeutic technique involves the placement of the therapist's hands on the head, spinal column and sacrum. A gentle touch, "no heavier than the weight of a nickel," is used to manipulate the craniosacral rhythm and soft tissues, allowing the body to self-correct. The light touch involved is safe for children and infants. Newborns who have had birth trauma benefit greatly from CST, which can aid in preventing future learning disabilities.
CST can aid in the healing of past physical and emotional trauma that's been stored in the body tissues. Benefits of CST include relaxation, reduced chronic pain, improved energy, improved mobility, reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, increased body awareness, relief of muscle tension, reduced anxiety and reduced heart rate. This therapy might also be effective in altering insomnia, stress related dysfunctions, ADD, chronic head-aches, depression, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress, vertigo and neck, spine and joint pain. For a full list and more info, see www.upledger.com.
Nancy DeVore, LMT, practices CST as part of her therapeutic session, which includes a combination of regular therapeutic massage and other modalities such as lymph drainage, Reiki, carpal tunnel therapy and heart-centered therapy. She can be reached in her Mason office at 513-368-7025.
CONTACT JANET BERG via her Web site, www.janetberg.com