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Updated: Jan 23, 2019

What is CST?

A manual therapy that uses a light touch to: – help release tension patterns in the body – encourage the body’s innate self-healing ability

What is the CranioSacral System?

It is composed of: Bones : Cranium, Sacrum, Vertebral Column, Ribs Fluid : CerebroSpinal Fluid and its cycle mechanism Membrane System & Connective Tissue

Where does it come from?

CST comes from Osteopathy, a type of alternative medicine based on three principles:

– Body is a unit – Body structures & function are interrelated – Body is self-healing & self-regulatory

What are the benefits?

Physical Benefits: – decreased pain – improvement of neurological function – increased joint flexibility – muscle hypertonicity – normalization of fascial tension

Mind/Body benefits: – greater relaxation – better sleep – promotes detox – encourages self-healing process

Who can it help?

CST can help a wide range of conditions: – stress related disorders – neck & back pain – TMJ – headaches & migraines – vertigo – PTSD – depression – concussion – birth trauma – other conditions

What is unique about CST? CranioSacral Therapy is:

A Process oriented therapy Techniques are applied in symbiosis with the self healing nature of the human being. The treatment process can last a few days after the session

An Introspective experience Just like meditation, everybody processes the experience differently from each other, and differently each time

Prevention or Treatment?

CST may be used as a preventative measure and also as a treatment for acute or chronic conditions. It may be complementary to other forms of treatments as well (alternative or allopathic)

What are the contra-indications?

– Acute hemorrhage or stroke

– Recent spinal tap or puncture in the CranioSacral System

– Recent fracture in the cranium, vertebral column or ribs

– Other condition where a variation in the intracranial pressure would be detrimental

Why using such a light touch?

Using a light touch allows for a gentle, non-invasive approach. A present, educated and attentive touch is significant for a better outcome of the therapeutic process

How does it work?

The therapist assesses the body using light palpation to determine the main areas of restriction, which may be a different location than the pain site. Treatment of these tension patterns may include fascial, somato-emotional and/or energy release techniques . Freeing up blockages in the body can have a significant effect on the whole body and improve dramatically health and well-being


Emma Julaud, CMT, CST. Flowing Still, Body Therapy.

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