Cranial sacral therapy (CST) is widely used around the world and continually grows more popular for a range of people, both young and old. It is a type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back) and spinal column. This non-invasive treatment uses gentle pressure on the head, neck and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by compression. The treatments main aim is to enhance the body’s own healing capabilities. As this therapy type is so gentle, it is actually for anyone – from newly-born babies to the elderly and anyone with any problems both mentally and physically.
During the first session, the practitioner and the patient will speak, and the patient will tell the practitioner the reasons for their visit. Afterwards, the session will start and will last around an hour, but it can vary. The patient will lie face up or on their side and the practitioner will make light contact with the patients head, the base of their spine and other areas. This will relax the body and the changes will start to happen. The practitioner may focus on other areas than where the symptoms occur.
After the session is complete, the body will have a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process. It is able to cure a lot of problems from mental health issues like stress – which in the long term may lead to depression or anxiety – to physical pain like back and neck pains and other injuries. The light contact is said to affect pressure and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid – this is a fluid that goes around the brain and spinal cord. This will relieve pain in the process.
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