Frequently Asked Questions
- What does a session involve?
- How long is a session?
- What will I experience during a session?
- How many sessions are recommended?
- Is CST suitable for adults and children?
- What is different about CST?
- Is CST for me?
- Can I use CST with other complementary therapies and approaches to health?
- How does CST relate to psychotherapy and counselling?
- If I have a medical problem can CST help?
- How do I know if a practitioner is qualified?
- How can I find a practitioner?
What does a CST session involve?
Your practitioner takes a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information, and to establish a good understanding with your practitioner. You then lie fully clothed on a treatment couch. If you are unable to lie flat, you can be on your side, or in a chair. Typically during the session you relax quietly while the practitioner uses a number of gentle hand contacts on the head, base of the spine, and other areas.
Craniosacral Therapy sessions usually last for an hour, though this can vary.
People report a wide variety of experiences, including the following: Relaxation and sense of ease. Warmth, and tingling sensations. Feeling accepted. A sense of harmony and peace. A feeling of letting go. Feeling balanced. Increased energy. Feeling more fully alive. Seeing different colours and patterns. Remembering past events. Getting in touch with emotions. Connecting with a sense of Spirit. Deepening self- and body- awareness.
To fully benefit from craniosacral therapy, you may need more than one or two sessions. You and your practitioner will decide on how many sessions will be best for you.
As Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle and non-invasive, it is suitable for all ages.
Through the simplicity of gentle listening touch, Craniosacral Therapy offers a distinctive stillness that allows your mind and body to rest deeply and begin to restore a natural balance. Craniosacral Therapy recognises and assists the connections between body, mind and emotions. In the peaceful space created during a session these strands can become more fully integrated.
If you have any questions about Craniosacral therapy and whether it is suitable for you, please contact a practitioner, who will be happy to help you.
Craniosacral Therapy works well on its own, and can also alongside other forms of complementary approaches, such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, and Yoga. If you are unsure please talk to a practitioner.
CST is a perfect complement to talking therapies. Processing emotional issues and trauma held in the body supports the work of counselling and psychotherapy.
CST is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor. If you have a particular medical concern we would always recommend that you consult your GP. CST practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe medication.
The CSTA holds a register of our accredited practitioners who are in continuing professional development and bound by the Association’s Code of Ethics.
Please use the Find a Practitioner page on this site.