CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
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. These membranes physically connect the bones of the skull with the sacrum and are contiguous with all the nerve sheaths and fascia in the body. This system has a certain rhythmic movement that can be palpated by the practitioner and facilitated to strengthen where it is blocked or weakened in the body.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The technique allows the body to relax and unwind tension deep in the tissues. Treatments are gentle and relaxing and are often offered at the Artists’ Health Centre as an integrated part of chiropractic treatments. CST is recommended in injury, acute and chronic complaints. It is especially useful for artists who want to unwind deep physical patterns that interfere with their proper functioning or want to de-stress and rebalance. During treatment the often chronically overused flight/fight/freeze mechanism is toned down and the meditative, restorative part of the nervous system is turned up which balances the nervous system. CST helps artists connect with their deeper self and it serves as an excellent mind/body integrating process.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
• Migraine Headaches
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Motor-Coordination Impairments
• Central Nervous System Disorders
• Orthopedic Problems
• Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Infantile Disorders
• Learning Disabilities
• Chronic Fatigue
• Emotional Difficulties
• Stress and Tension-Related Problems
• Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
• Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
• Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Post-Surgical Dysfunction
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma.
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