Cranio-sacral Therapy


The body’s craniosacral system is made up of cerebrospinal fluid and protective membranes that envelope the spinal cord and brain. It is believed that the cerebrospinal fluid flows with a rhythm which can be disrupted. Therefore, cranio-sacral therapy focuses on releasing any blockages in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to improve how the nervous system functions. A therapist achieves this with the gentle pressure of their hands on their client’s head and base of their spine. Cranio-sacral therapy is used to treat the following issues:

  • Pain: neck, back, migraines, TMJ (temperomandibular joint syndrome)
  • Learning disabilities and autism
  • Orthopaedic and coordination problems
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional problems, and stress
  • Spinal cord and brain injuries
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
  • Central nervous system and neurovascular dysfunction
  • Colic and other infantile disorders
  • Problems post-surgery

Cranio-sacral therapy is believed to strengthen the body in its natural healing powers and is a preventative measure against illness. It can be performed by massage therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors who will apply pressure or massage their fully clothed client. Sessions usually last up to one hour.