Sometimes called craniosacral therapy, cranial sacral therapy (CST) is a form of massage that focuses on the healthy flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) going from the skull (cranium/head), down the spine to the sacrum (pelvis/tailbone) and back up to the skull.
CST helps to release tension, ease pain and provide an overall improvement of health and well-being. This treatment is especially effective for managing pain and promoting relaxation.
At Body Balance Massage and Float in American Fork, Utah, our therapists use this and other treatment modalities to help clients deal with a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions, helping to restore the body’s normal function and self-healing abilities.
What Is Cranial Sacral Therapy?
Originally pioneered by an osteopathic physician, therapists use CST techniques to lightly manipulate the tissues and bones of the skull all the way down the back to the sacrum/pelvis.
Through the course of daily living, we encounter many physical and mental stressors that cause the body’s tissues to become tense. This tension places pressure on the spinal column and nerve endings, much of which is focused in and around our head and down the spine.
By lightly manipulating these tissues and bones, the therapist can release compressed areas to allow blood flow, nerve impulses and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to flow freely again. This, in turn, allows the body to function as it should and helps expedite healing.