Over the summer and fall I worked to further my training in CranioSacral Therapy (CST). This technique uses light touch – about the weight of a nickel – to subtly manipulate your skull and spinal cord. While massage therapy focuses on muscular and skeletal issues, CST focuses on the central nervous system.
The central nervous system not only is centrally located within your body, but it also functions as a sort of command center for your entire body. When your central nervous system is stressed, other internal systems of your body can also become stressed. And internal stress often leads to pain.
CST can be useful in addressing issues that are typically caused by internal system disorders, such as fibromyalgia, stress, chronic fatigue, and headaches and migraines. The light touch of CST carefully readjusts the alignment of the skull and spinal cord, and thus the fluid surrounding both. These minor adjustments help the body to go into self-healing mode to work from within while your massage therapist works from the outside.
CST can also help relieve the anxiety and depression that frequently accompanies long-term pain. It is common for people who suffer from chronic conditions that cause pain to also suffer from depression and anxiety. When you treat the underlying condition and relieve that pain, the client often feels less anxious and depressed.
The benefits from CST have been shown to last for up to two months. One of those benefits is a feeling of deep relaxation. That relaxation can have the secondary result of helping clients to sleep better.
Interested in finding out whether CST is right for you? Call me to schedule an appointment.