CranioSacral Therapy


What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy or CST is a manual treatment of light touch that treats and releases tensions deep in the body.  These deep tensions may occur anywhere in the body and can be released through light tough thus feeling the nervous system of pain and dysfunction.  In turn, the body then is able to self heal and pain is eliminated, resistance to disease is improved, and general health and well being is achieved. At the HLC, Susan Varsames is the treating therapist.  She is trained by the Upledger Institute, and has taken Introduction to CST, CSTI, CSTII, Somato-Emotional Release, Introduction to Lymph Drainage, and Bio Aquatics (for Dolphin Assisted Therapy in the Bahamas).

How does this treatment work?

CST recognizes the craniosacral rhythm in the body.  Your brain and spinal cord are encased in two porous membranes filled with cerebrospinal fluid called the dura mater and the pia mater.  This fluid protects the brain and spinal cord from physically touching the bone matter of the skull and the vertebrae and it hydrates all organs as well as clears them from toxins.  This fluid has a rhythm of its own that has a filling and an emptying phase.  The symmetry, quality, amplitude, and rate of this movement is evaluated at several situations in the body to determine problem areas.  If there is tension in the system, the flow fluid is decreased and the system does not work efficiently to hydrate and clear the organs.  By feeling and monitoring the flow of the craniosacral fluid throughout the nervous system, the nervous system, the therapist can use gentle touch to locate the problem areas and release any compromised areas.  In addition, the sutures of the skull can easily become compressed after a physical assault such as a blow to the head, forcep delivery, or even vigorous dental treatments.  These compressions disrupt the meninges, or the connective tissue of the central nervous system.  This affects brain function.  For example, compression of the right temporoparietal suture is associated with dyselxia; compression on the left is associated with dyscalculia (trouble calculating).  Compression of the occipital condyles is associated with hyperkinetic behavior and difficulties attending and concentrating.

What does a session look like and  what is the cost?

The patient is fully clothed on a massage table, face up. The touch is very gentle, with the weight of the touch at about 5 grams (like the weight of a nickel on your skin).   Sessions for children are 30-60 minutes.  Usually, no matter how busy a child is, they enjoy the sessions and are relaxed enough to stay still on the massage table.  Most sessions for older children and adults are 60 minutes. Shorter sessions are rated accordingly.  Multi-packages are available for a discounted price and gift certificates are available as well.  Call for details.

What conditions does CST address?

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Stress
  • Migraines
  • TMJ
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Motor Coordination Concerns
  • Injuries
  • …and many other conditions

How do I make an appointment?

Call the Maui Office at 808-222-7981 and we will be happy to assist you.

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