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FAQs about CST

FAQs about CST

How does the craniosacral therapist work?
A CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. It is recommended that clients wear loose, comfortable clothing, and always remain fully clothed.
During craniosacral therapy, trained therapists use a light touch to find the restrictions within the system that may cause dysfunction and discomfort in the body. Once the restriction is being located, therapists gently manipulate the bones of the skull, spinal column, sacrum, coccyx (tail-bone) and soft tissues, the muscles and fascia, surrounding the bones with their hands. The therapist adjusts the craniosacral system with light but deliberate touch. The hands-on work is subtle and designed to let the system unravel its own problems and correct itself. Each separate release is achieved at its own time and pace.
A restriction in one part of the craniosacral system can affect the entire system, so treatment may involve working at a point distant from the overt symptom.
  What does it feel during a CST session?
Experiences during a CST session are as individual as the clients and practitioners themselves. They also may differ from session to session. At times, a client may deeply relax or even fall asleep; at other times, he or she may experience sensations within the body, recalling hidden memories or expressing emotions. Some will remain still during the entire session, hardly noticing the practitioner’s evaluation and treatment.
  What will you experience after a CST session?

Just as individuals experience CST sessions differently, the immediate results vary as well. The relaxed state may cause some to sleep for many hours after a session. Others may experience an increase in energy, reduction of pain or an increase in function, or it may develop gradually over the next few days. Since CST helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it isn’t unusual for improvement to continue weeks after the session. For some there may be a reorganization phase as the body adapts to the release of previously held patterns.

  Will CST help if I have no particular symptoms?
Maintaining good health and fighting disease and pain depend on the vitality of your body’s internal systems. Restoring carniosacral system helps all the systems of the body, including the immune system, endocrine system and nervous system function more efficiently. Due to its gentleness and effectiveness, many people include CST as a component in their personal wellness programs even they have no particular symptoms. They report having more energy, sleeping better and being sick less often. CST can be used as a preventive measure. People who receive CST for maintenance sessions usually can take care of problems long before compensation patterns begin and tissues become pathological.
  How many CranioSacral Therapy sessions will I need?
Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s — even someone whose case may appear to be similar to your own.
The length of time and number of sessions needed is extremely variable and depends, among other factors, on the complex layers of injury and trauma that may mask the original cause of the problem as well as on the body’s defense mechanisms.

  Is there any condition should CST not to be used for?
The few contraindications to CranioSacral Therapy are aneurysm, intracranial hemorrhage, and other conditions where altering intracranial fluid pressure is not recommended. Check with your physician prior therapy is recommended.
  Am I covered by insurance?
Most medical insurance provider has plans which cover Physiotherapy. However, claiming policy varies from insurer to insurer. Please check with your insurance agent for details.
A written referral for physiotherapy is required from a licensed medical doctor. Please get a referral beforehand as you will not be able to claim once treatment has begun.

  Recommended Readings
Books
1. Contributions of Thoughts” – William Gardner Sutherland, D.O.
2. Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy” – William Gardner Sutherland, D.O.
3. Osteopathy in the Cranial Field” (1st and 3rd edition) – Harold I. Magoun, D.O., F.A.A.O.
4. Life in Motion” – Rollin E. Becker, D.O.
5. The Stillness of Life” – Rollin E. Becker, D.O.
6. Robert Fulford, D.O. and the Philosopher Physician” – Zachary Comeaux, D.O., F.A.A.O.
7. Dr. Fulford’s Touch of Life: The Healing Power of the Natural Life Force” – Robert C. Fulford, D.O.
8. Heart of Listening” (volume 1 & 2) – Hugh Milne, D.O.
9. Somatic Psychology and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: A Primer” – Michael Shea, Ph.D.
10. Craniosacral Biodynamics” (Volume 1 & 2) – Franklyn Sills
11. Wisdom in the Body” – Michael Kern, D.O., O.M.M.
12. Your Inner Physician and You” – John E. Upledger D.O., O.M.M.
13. Working Wonders: Changing Lives with Craniosacral Therapy” – John E. Upledger D.O., O.M.M.
14. Craniosacral Therapy” – John E. Upledger D.O., O.M.M.
15. SomatoEmotional Release” – John E. Upledger D.O., O.M.M.
16. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences” – Peter A. Levine

t   Online information
1. Acorn Seminars – http://www.acornseminars.com
2. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – http://biodynamiccranialsacral.com
3. Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America – http://www.craniosacraltherapy.org/CSTA_home.html
4. European School of Craniosacral Therapy – http://www.craneosacral.com
5. Inter Linea – http://www.interlinea.org
6. South African of Cranial Studies – http://www.cranial.co.za
7. Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation – http://www.sctf.com
8. The Karuna Institute – http://www.karuna-institute.co.uk
9. The Sutherland Society – http://www.cranial.org.uk
10. The Upledger Institute – http://www.upledger.com/home.htm