That is a good question, and one that defies a short, simple answer, but here goes…
Craniosacral Therapy, or CST as it is sometimes called, is a very gentle hands-on approach to releasing tensions from the soft tissue of the body, and restrictions to the cranial bones (head) and the sacrum (the big triangular bone at the base of the spine).
These bones are connected by the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, and with them form what is known as the craniosacral system, which encloses the central nervous system. All of the nerves of the central nervous system have to go through these membranes on their way to and from the brain. Therefore anything that affects this bone/membrane system adversely, could have far reaching effects and is often at the root of such conditions as chronic pain, digestive and respiratory disorders, joint mobility, vertebral disc and jaw problems and much, much more.
Many people who have received more robust forms of treatment are a little sceptical of the very light touch of CST. They have the philosophy of “no pain, no gain”. However their scepticism disappears when they experience the powerful effects that craniosacral therapy can have. We find that using force can set up a defensive response in the soft tissue which then has to be overpowered. In our view, this has an inhibiting effect on the self healing mechanism and can delay full healing.
Many conditions that do not respond well to other forms of treatment are eased or eliminated by craniosacral therapy, which may be why it is one of the fastest growing therapies in the world. Many doctors, nurses, osteopaths and physiotherapists are now training in CST. Because it is so gentle, it is suitable for all ages from new-born to advanced old age.