FAQs about CST
Updated: May 5, 2019
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch bodywork that releases restrictions in the membranes surrounding your central nervous system so that every system in your body can benefit, relax and self correct.
How can it help me?
CranioSacral Therapy can greatly help you by calming your nervous system and encouraging your body to self correct. CST can help you to move from a state of stress to one of relaxation, can help with a multitude or acute and chronic conditions, and can increase your overall sense of health and wellbeing.
How many sessions will I need for my problem?
While there is not a prescriptive number of sessions assigned to whatever symptom (or group of symptoms) is presenting, a patient will typically feel a difference within 4 - 6 sessions. I have seen results for issues like concussions, chronic jaw pain and persistent anxiety over a series of 6 sessions. At times and with ongoing care the changes happen over several months.
The severity of the issue and the amount of time it has been since the injury or series of injuries informs the time it can take for releasing and unwinding to bring a compromised system to stasis so that self healing begins. An adult client does not arrive to the table without a history of bumps, strains, breaks, emotional experiences, dental and orthodontic treatments, accidents, and the latest injury, insult, or expression of pain.
In this bodywork, I prepare my patients for ongoing physical or emotional unwinding.
In physical softening of fascia, muscle or connective tissue, membrane will let go of
ongoing held physical tension.
Releases happen in layers. They peel away one at a time. These releases can also be likened to tuning a guitar, which requires careful attention and over time the body comes in tune.
We address these layers to reach the center of the issue facilitating resolve.
Multiple layers may peel away in a single hour. Often it’s one at a time and over a period of time.
I didn't feel much, why not?
While everyone experiences CST a bit differently (some with physical sensation, some via emotion and others with visual perception) each patient and each session is unique. There are times, especially initially, that a patient may not feel anything. In a noisy world, this is an opportunity for each patient to slow down, go within, relax and listen to your body.
I’m following the craniosacral rhythm and following the tissues of fascia surrounding the central nervous system as those tissues move into release. This is an extremely subtle process that requires training and years of honing this perceptive skill. It may take a few sessions before the patient’s own perception is raised so that he/she may tune into the gentle sensations as the fascia releases and the body self corrects.
How come I feel pain when I didn't feel it at the beginning of the session?
Pain is often a pathway toward release. Our body may hold a pattern of compensation that when released in a session will reveal an underlying issue. One way our body speaks to us is by releasing pain signals. As we unlayer restrictions in what has taken a lifetime to develop, we are in the process of unwinding those compensatory patterns and freeing the dural tube and intracranial membranes so the CS system can work more efficiently in its full, self-healing potential. Occassionally, a client will move through pain/discomfort and very rarely into the days following. If it doesn't clear I offer the support of an integration session. I walk with you through this work.
If you have additional questions, feel free to schedule a free phone consultation.