1) What is the paradigm of CranioSacral Therapy?
- The body/mind/spirit is self-healing
- Movement is healt, stasis is disease
- The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and everything is connected
- The therapist is a facilitator, the client’s Inner Wisdom/Inner Physician creates the treatment plan
- Less is more: The least force required to get the job done is used by the therapist (generally 5 grams or less), this prevents the client’s body from going into protective mode and allows the healing to go to a deeper level.
2) How can our skulls move if all the bones are fused?
We all know that a newborn’s skull is very flexible, because there are gaps between the bones and we have been told that the bones in our skulls fuse as we get older.
This is not so.
The gaps disappear, but the sutures are not fused.
Research has shown that there is connective tissue and nerves between all the sutures of our skulls and this permits minute movements.
A widening and narrowing of the head can be observed and felt as the cerebro-spinal fluid is produced and reabsorbed.
3) Will I see improvement right away or does it take some time?
This is very individual.
In most cases some improvement is felt right away and healing continues during the next few days, sometimes weeks after the treatment.
In rare cases the symptoms can worsen temporarily before they improve.
Sometimes symptoms will disappear and then reappear after a few days.
This happens when there are more layers or more parts to the problem that still need to be addressed.
4) I am in a lot of pain after dental work, how can CST help?
CST includes techniques for releasing tension in the tissues of the neck, throat and TMJ.
It also includes gentle techniques for working inside the mouth.
These techniques help release jammed and misaligned bones and teeth and tight muscles and tissues that are not easily accessible from the outside.
The therapist uses a glove for working inside the mouth and gives the client breaks for swallowing etc.
5) What is a stillpoint?
A stillpoint is when someone’s craniosacral rhythm stops.
This can be anywhere from seconds to minutes.
During this time healing is happening and the body recalibrates itself.
It is like rebooting a computer and starting fresh.
This normally happens lots while we are sleeping and also during the day.
In very stressed people it does not happen enough.
The therapist can induce a stillpoint manually and provide resources this way.
6) What is cerebro-spinal fluid?
Cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) is formed from blood in the ventricles of the brain by filtering out and adding certain substances.
It then gets pumped down the spinal cord to provide nutrients to the brain and spinal cord and flush out toxins.
After it has fulfilled its purpose it is reabsorbed into the bloodstream by the venous sinuses.
CSF also cushions the brain and prevents us from getting concussions all the time!
7) I had pain come up in a part of my body during a CST treatment which disappeared by the end of the session. Is this normal?
Yes, this can happen. Sometimes pain comes up as part of a release.
The body remembers a trauma and then lets it go.
8) What are signs of a release?
Heat, cold, swallowing, rapid eye movement, softening of the tissues,
memory of a traumatic experience, short-term pain during treatment,
unwinding of bodyparts, change in breathing, crying, laughing, emotion coming up.
9) How can CST help during pregnancy?
CST has a calming effect on the central nervous system and reduces stress.
Working on mother and child at the same time also strengthens the bond between the two of them and lets the child know that it is being heard.
Studies have shown a 90% reduced rate in C-sections and other complications and a reduced time of labor in mothers who received CST treatments before giving birth.
For babies who were born by C-section or had a difficult birth it is very helpful to have CST as soon as possible after birth to normalize any adverse effects.
We are meant to go through the birth canal to mold our heads and bodies. If this does not happen it may prevent certain mechanisms to kick in at birth.
Normal birth is seen as the first craniosacrall treatment…
10) How can CST help with auto-immune diseases?
Part of CST is communicating with bodyparts, tissues, organs and cells.
Through this kind of communication the therapist can find out the cause of a
problem and work with the client’s Inner Wisdom/Inner Physician to solve the problem.
11) How many sessions will I need?
Everybody is different.
Sometimes a problem can be gone after one session.
Sometimes it takes several sessions to get to the core of it.
There may be layers or the Inner Physician doesn’t show the therapist everything during the first treatment.
Doing too much at once can also be too much for the client to handle.
If you don’t see any improvement after 3 or 4 sessions CST may not be the right therapy for you.
12) What is an energy cyst?
An energy cyst is an area of encapsulated foreign energy.
This may be caused by an impact such as in an accident or getting hit by something, it can also be something emotional that is stored in our tissues.
If the body has enough resources at the time of the incident it deals with it and lets the energy go.
If it doesn’t have enough resources it walls of the area of stuck energy to minimize the effect on the rest of the body.
The more things happen to us the more energy cysts we get and as they accumulate can cause problems, because our bodies have to work around them and compensate for those areas of entropy.
The therapist can provide additional resources and help release the energy, so the body can utilize those areas again and return to normal movement.
It is believed that conditions like MS are caused by a multitude of energy cysts that prevent the body from functioning normally.