What is CranioSacral Therapy?

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CranioSacral Therapy ® (CST) is frequently used to treat stress, pain, migraines, headache pain, physical and emotional traumatic injury, chronic conditions, post concussion syndromes. 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 Birth Trauma Conditions, Adults and many other health disorders.

The CST 10 Step Protocol CranioSacral Therapy’s unique feature, is the 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 for the body’ s central nervous system, your “brain and spinal cord’s dural membrane system.” This is gently done by a light touch, (5 grams of pressure, about the weight of a nickel) and by tuning into the body to locate the stuck, soft-tissue restrictions, that are impeding upon the natural  mobility and fluidity of the dural membrane systems, of the central nevious system. It also, helps to release the causes of stress, pain, and traumatic injury through neuromuscular reeducation, therapeutic positions to assist the body’s core, inner wisdom to self correct and maintain your health and wellness.

Based up the osteopathic medical principles, that states that the body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind, and spirit. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance. -Pioneer and Developer, the late Dr John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, of CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, and the Upledger Institute, and its’ international educational foundation. More information can be found at www.Upledger.com.

The CST 10 Step Protocol:

  1. Listening posts, evaluation the Cerebrospinal Fluid pulsations and still-point inductions. Involves whole body arcing to location dural membrane restriction and “Energy Cysts” anomalies.
  2. Followed by Diaphragm Releases: pelvic, respiratory, thoracic inlet, hyoid, occipital cranial base, and cranial vault holds.
  3. L5-S1 decompression, iliac gap, dural-tube traction release
  4. Dural tube rock/glide, rebalancing the cerebrospinal fluids rhythm, from the base of the spine, to the cranium.
  5. Frontal lift
  6. Parietal lift (2 Parts)
  7. Sphenobasilar compression-decompression, and Advanced Techniques.
  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, including SomatoEmotion Release®, Therapeutic Positions, 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 healing wisdom, which Dr. Upledger called the body’s Inner Physician® work..

History: Because of Dr. John Upledger’s D.O., O.M.M., compassion for helping people, he further developed osteopathic physician, William Sutherland’s work beginning in 1975. (Sutherland pioneered and founded cranial osteopathy in the early 1900’s).  For seven years Dr. Upledger, (who was also an osteopathic physician), led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers at Michigan State University in research, and in clinical testing of the craniosacral system, confirming Sutherland’s theories and refining our understanding of the processes behind them, the “craniosacral system.” Which includes many new ways to address the craniosacral system therapeutically; –  Dr. John Upledger is credited for branding  “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. This work is also uniquely designed to help family members to learn craniosacral therapy, to practice on their own children and loved ones.

What to expect:  A CST clients lays face up on the massage table, fully clothed, or for integrative medical massage work is undressed to their own comfort level, and covered by a sheet and blanket for warmth and modesty.

The session, begins by melding, where I move my awareness, out and through my hands, into my client’s body. To intentionally engage the body’s core healing wisdom, by verbally and nonverbally imaging and dialoguing, through a series of gentle hands-on listening; (using only about 5 grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel), to find, locate and resolve soft tissue restriction, energy cysts, movement and flow issues along the craniosacral system dura membrane, by monitoring and balancing the pulse of the body’s cerebrospinal fluid. Thereby assisting the body’s core inner healing wisdom, to do its’ thing to improve functionality, and vitality.

For more information about The Upledger Institute its’ article on the Body’s Self-Correcting Mechanism .

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

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