What is CranioSacral Therapy?

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CranioSacral Therapy, (CST) is frequently used to treat migraines, headache pain, physical and emotional traumatic injury, post concussion syndromes, chronic injury, pain and stiffness. CST has also been shown to be an effective treatment for TMJ-D, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Emotional Anxiety, Depression, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Pediatric conditions and many other health disorders.

The CST 10 Step Protocol CranioSacral Therapy’s unique feature, is Upledger’s CST “10 Step Protocol”, which is the foundation work for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ-D) and SomatoEmotional Release (SER) treatment.  Each step is designed to be used as both an evaluative and corrective tool.

They are:

  1. Listening posts, evaluation and still-point induction. Involves arcing for “Energy Cysts” restriction patterns.
  2. Diaphragm releases: pelvic, respiratory, thoracic inlet, hyoid and occipital cranial base
  3. L5-S1 decompression, iliac gap, dural-tube traction
  4. Dural tube rock/glide
  5. Frontal lift
  6. Parietal lift
  7. Sphenobasilar compression-decompression
  8. Temporal techniques: temporal wobble, finger in the ear & temporal decompression ear pull.
  9. TMJ compression and decompression.
  10. CV-4/still-point technique. Followed by whole body reevaluation, and Vector-Axis Realignment as needed.

The CST 10 Step Protocol, is foundation work for all Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ-D) and SomatoEmotional Release (SER) work which engages the body’s core inner healing wisdom, which Dr. Upledger called the body’s Inner Physician work..

Because of Dr. John Upledger’s D.O., O.M.M., compassion for helping people, he further developed osteopathic physician, William Sutherland’s work in 1975. (Sutherland pioneered and founded cranial osteopathy in the early 1900’s).  For seven years Dr. Upledger, (also an osteopathic physician), led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers at Michigan State University in research, clinical testing of the craniosacral system, confirming Sutherland’s theories and refining our understanding of the processes behind them, the “craniosacral system.” Which included many new ways to address it therapeutically; – what John Upledger later termed “CranioSacral Therapy.”

Dr. Upledger felt that this work is far too important to leave to just the doctors, and determined that you didn’t need a medical license to practice CranioSacral Therapy. Today it is taught and practiced throughout the world, by trained healthcare professionals, ranging from doctors, physical therapist, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, and licensed massage therapist, as well as family members needing the therapeutic support for their loved ones.

What to expect:  A CST clients lay face up on the massage table, fully clothed, or for integrative medical massage work using lotions, are covered by a sheet or blanket for warmth and modesty. The session, begins by melding, where I move my awareness, out through my hands, into my client, to engage the body’s inner healing wisdom, imaging and dialoguing, through the session using a gentle hands-on listening approach; “using only about 5 grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel”, to find, locate and resolve energy cysts, movement and flow issues along the spinal membrane system, by monitoring the pulse of the craniosacral system. Thereby assisting the body’s core inner healing wisdom, to do its’ thing to improve functionality.

For more information: Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapy, it’s their  article on the Body’s Self-Correcting Mechanism .

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Claude Barrett is a 2011 Certified Upledger Institute, CranioSacral Therapist.

© 2018 All Rights Reserved; Quantum InnerQi Healing – By Claude Barrett, LMT, CST.

*Photo Credits: Permission was Granted – Given By The Child’s Grandmother- and Guardian.