What is cranial sacral therapy?
Cranial Sacral Therapy (also known as CST) is a hands on therapy that uses gentle touch to release tension in the soft tissue surrounding the nervous system. The use of light pressure (usually no greater than 5 grams) allows the muscles to release tension deep in the body which helps to relieve pain and is believed to help improve the functions of the body overall.
CST is believed to help improve a variety of health conditions including stress, migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, ADD/ADHD, PTSD and chronic fatigue.
How does it work?
This form of therapy works by focusing on the craniosacral system within your body. This system is made up of the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord which in turn make up the central nervous system.
During our day to day lives, we encounter situations and experiences that cause us stress. This then leads to the body entering “fight or flight” response which causes the muscles in our body to tense up. This tension can distort the craniosacral system and cause it to function in a less productive manner than it normally does.
During a Cranial Sacral Therapy session, the practitioner is able to detect these spots of tension and correct them through the use of gentle touch. Once these areas of tightness are released, the craniosacral system can function at full capacity.
Here at Vikasa, we believe in a holistic lifestyle philosophy. During your stay with us, you can visit our bliss spa where you can receive this form of therapy. Your body will be encouraged to relax and heal as our practitioner gently works with your craniosacral system. Join us on a yoga vacation and experience this unique therapy for yourself.
About the Author
Brooke Kathleen - Also known as the Unicorn Yogi, Brooke began practicing yoga in 2009. She moved to New York City for work in 2013 and her practice faded out due to the inconsistent hours. In 2017 she re-discovered her practice during a very intense and difficult series of events. After devoting herself to practice for another year she realized that she wanted to learn how to share the tools that yoga had given her to heal and grow with others. She found Vikasa online while researching and fell in love with the curriculum and location. The rest is history! New York, USA