What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle,hands-on approach to improve the quality of life. It helps to release deep soft-tissue tensions and pain and to restore the whole body’s health.

To understand a bit more about CranioSacral Therapy and how it helps, we need to know a little bit about the craniosacral system itself. This is a very general overview of the system. In general the craniosacral system is like protective membrane for the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The central nervous system is protected by the bones of the skull (the cranium), the vertebrae of the spine, and the tailbone, (the sacrum). Inside of this bony outer boundary are the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and make up the craniosacral system.

The outermost layer of membrane is called the dura mater, it is the membrane that lines the inside of the cranium and extends down the vertebral canal around the spinal cord. It has very few attachments within the vertebral canal that allows movement of the spine, and then the dural membrane extends and securely attaches again on the tailbone, the sacrum. The dural membrane creates the watertight, outermost boundary for the cerebrospinal fluid, which supports the entire weight of the brain and spinal code.

The other two layers of craniosacral membrane system is the arachnoid mater and pia mater, all together the 3 layers are called the meninges.

Just like the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system, the craniosacral system is a physiological system that has its own rhythm. This rhythm, or cycle of expansion and contraction is created by the production and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid with in the meninges. The cerebrospinal fluid’s volume with in the system is constantly changing; it is rising and falling at a rate of about six to twelve cycles per minute. This rhythmic motion helps to circulate cerebrospinal fluid through out the craniosacral system.

This rhythmic motion, pumping of the cerebrospinal fluid through out the system helps to provides nutrients to the brain and spinal cord, removes metabolic waste products, acts as a shock absorber, creating buoyancy to reduce the effects of gravity on the brain and spinal code, also it maintains an environment that supports good nerve functions throughout the body.

A soft-tissue restriction could cause any number of problems including chronic pain, headaches/migraines, visual and auditory, motor coordination and endocrine and immune system issues, scoliosis, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, and other health concerns.

Medical science had previously believed that the bones were fused together by adulthood. We now know today, that this is not the case.

A CranioSacral Therapist knows how to evaluate movement of the craniosacral system to detect restrictions, and thereby support their release and return to neutral. CranioSacral therapy is a gentle hand-on-modality that works closely with the body’s own inner-wisdom to help facilitate improvements in functioning, by releasing these restrictions which in turn helps the body’s own healing processes. A CranioSacral Therapist can help keep your nervous system and your entire body functioning at its best.

A Blessing Be.

Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST

214 232-5278


Now in Garland\Richardson AREAS of Texas

Also for more information about CST go to www.upledger.com

© 2016 Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST – All Rights Reserved.

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