Craniosacral Therapy, How Does It Work?

What is Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy, How Does It Work?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is an effective remedy used in treating a number of ailments, injuries, and conditions. It involves a hands-on approach aimed at releasing tensions deep within the body. The treatments offer relief from pain and dysfunction, therefore improving whole-body health and wellness. CST is being used more as a preventive health measure because it gives the body the ability to increase its resistance to disease.

An Innovative Pioneer

Developed by Osteopathic Physician John Upledger. For years he studied and researched while serving a s a professor of bio-mechanics and Michigan State University. During a neck surgery in which he was assisting, he observed movement that would become known as the craniosacral system. He discovered that a soft touch no greater than 5 grams of pressure could release tissues surrounding the central nervous system.

The Mechanics Behind CST

The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system which supports proper body function. The craniosacral system influences the central nervous system. It consists of membranes and fluid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.

Daily stresses cause the body to strain, thereby creating tightened and distorted tissues within the craniosacral system. The result is tension around the brain and spinal cord which can create a barrier to the health of the nervous system.

The practice involves a light touch used for evaluating the craniosacral system by gently feeling body locations. The CST practitioner tests for ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. The light touch is then applied to release restrictions in tissues that are influencing the craniosacral system. This all serves to normalize the areas around the brain and spinal cord, encouraging the body’s self-healing ability.

Relieves a Variety of Dysfunctions

  • Stroke
  • Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Autism
  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Infant and Childhood Disorders
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Lisa Manning is a licensed Craniosacral Therapist and a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis. She approaches every patient with a gentle touch, creating a unique program suited to specific needs. Lisa understands that each body responds differently. The number of sessions a patient needs varies. Contact her to schedule an evaluation and get started on your healing journey today.

A Little About Lisa

Lisa-Manning100Lisa is a Craniosacral Therapist and a Master Certified Hypnotist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa brings a wealth of experience, expertise, warmth and compassion to her work with clients from all walks of life.

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