WELL BEING: CranioSacral Therapy

4 May

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.  It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.

Often called CranioSacral Massage, the therapist uses a light pressure of no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – to release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system, all along the spine.

CST is a completely non-invasive therapy that involves only light touches at just the right pressure points to re-balance the flow of cerebrospinal fluid.  At 30 minutes for a standard session, it does not require much time as no oils are involved and the client may remain fully dressed.  So safe and gentle, CranioSacral Therapy is ideal for babies, animals and injury recovery.


  • Anxiety
  • Pain Management
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Infant and Childhood Disorders
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Infant Disorders (colic, ear infections, not sleeping, torticollis, delayed development)
  • Pregnancy
  • Difficult Birth – Mom or Baby
  • Pre & Post Surgical Concerns
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Sinus and Ear Infections
  • And Many Other Conditions

There are very few conditions in which CST is not recommended.  These contra-indications include acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other pre-existing severe bleeding disorders that can be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.

Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition.  The number of sessions needed varies widely — safely used from 1 to 3 or more sessions a week over the course of several weeks.

Discuss your personal needs and CST with your doctor.  I take referrals for a variety of massage therapies including CranioSacral Therapy and there are a number of CST therapists in the larger metropolitan towns here in East Texas.  For more information, email me at lynnvannoy@gmail.com or see my website at http://www.lynnvannoy.com

4 Responses to “WELL BEING: CranioSacral Therapy”

  1. Mark May 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Interesting, I’m a big believer in massage, but normal deep tissue or stretching to improve recovery for athletic performance.

    I’m somewhat skeptical about this given the lightness of the touch. Could you say a few more words on how you think it works for some of those conditions?

    Is some of the benefit purely a placebo effect, ie. I think by getting this treatment it will help, therefore it does help?


    • Lynn Van Noy May 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      While there’s a lot to be said for the positive thought impact on taking a pro-active approach to recovery, I firmly believe that the re-alignment afforded through CST is exclusively due to its stillness techniques.

      Identifying the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid (very different from heart pulse) the therapist opens the transverse inlet between the brain and spine, allowing open flow. Then listening to that pulse through fingertips, quietly, slowly, we work all the way down the spine to find any blockages, opening them carefully along the way.

      This therapy also specifically lowers the RAS (reticular alert system) allowing the body to find homeostasis, esp after shock or re-alignment after pain/illness. When the RAS is high, one feels a bit paranoid, anxious, stressed, shortness of breath.. pain. When RAS is balanced, the body naturally moves towards alignment, healing, balance.. ultimately recovery.


  2. Mark May 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    To be honest I had to look some of those words up, but I can see it now.. you learn something new every day. Thanks for the follow-up.


    • Lynn Van Noy May 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      Absolutely. Lots of folks would agree with you and wonder the same. If they can’t feel the muscles being manipulated in an obvious way, they may think it’s not working. But in fact, a gentle touch in just the right place can re-align the whole foundation.

      Thanks for the questions & opportunity to explain further.


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