CST is a form of manual therapy that is an extremely light-touch technique. It assesses restrictions within the body and the quality of what is called the craniosacral rhythm. The craniosacral rhythm is something that the body regulates and maintains in order to nourish and detoxify our central nervous system (CNS). This rhythm is a result of the production and absorption of the cerebral spinal fluid. Through light pressure we are able to release restrictions within this system as well as restrictions in the fascia/connective tissue of the body. This technique may help release areas of chronic tension having a profound effect on the body both physically and emotionally, because it also influences our CNS.
CST is extremely relaxing and restorative. In this state of relaxation CST influences our Autonomic Nervous System to go into “rest and digest” rather than “fight or flight” mode. The need for “fight or flight” is a primitive reaction to when we might have had to run from a saber tooth lion – this mode kicks in and we are able to act quickly without much thought. Although “fight or flight” is necessary in some situations – we spend way too much time in this mode and not enough time in “rest and digest.” In this high tech, overstressed & overworked society we rarely get the sufficient time to “rest and digest.” Hence the rise of chronic stress related illnesses. When we get into a “rest and digest” state, we then open the doors for deeper states of healing and stress reduction similar to when we practice meditation or gentle yoga. Our body and mind will then have an opportunity to go into a greater state of healing.