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CRANIOSACRAL

THERAPY

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CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

"No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with Nature."

- Deepak Chopra

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

 

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system, which has been shown to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, as well as many other systems of the body, such as digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, and more. CST has also been shown to help with the physical components related to such somatic conditions as Post Traumatic Stress, depression, and anxiety.

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By facilitating the body's natural and innate healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for helping people with a wide range of healthcare challenges associated with pain and dysfunction.

What to Expect from CST

When you arrive for your appointment, your practitioner will ask you about your symptoms and any preexisting conditions that you have. You will typically remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Your session will last about an hour, and you begin by lying down on your back on the massage table. The practitioner may begin at your head, feet, or near the middle of your body.

The provider will gently hold your feet, head, or sacrum to listen to their subtle rhythms. If they detect it is needed, they may gently press or reposition you to normalize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids. They may use tissue-release methods while supporting one of your limbs.

During the treatment, some people experience different sensations. These may include:

  • feeling deep relaxation

  • falling asleep, and later recalling memories or seeing colors

  • sensing pulsations

  • having a “pins and needles” (numbing) sensation

  • having a hot or cold sensation

Treatment frequency and duration will be discussed on an individual basis.
 

CST May Be for You if You Experience...

  • Migraine Headaches

  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain

  • Motor-Coordination Impairments

  • Colic

  • Autism

  • Central Nervous System Disorders

  • Orthopedic Problems

  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
    Scoliosis

  • Infantile Disorders

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Emotional Difficulties

  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems

  • Fibromyalgia and other

  • Connective-Tissue Disorders

  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Touch of Nature Healing provides CranioSacral Therapy and other healing therapy to residents of Pittsburgh, New Castle, Shenango Valley, Beaver Valley, PA and surrounding areas. 

I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE

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