Frequently Asked Questions


What does a CST session involve?

On arrival your practitioner will take 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 will then be invited to take your shoes off and lie fully clothed on a treatment couch. You may be asked to remove your spectacles, belt or jewellery if they will be in the way or affect your comfort. If you are unable to lie flat, you can be on your side, or in a chair.  During a typical session the practitioner will use a number of gentle hand contacts on the head, the base of the spine and other areas, allowing the client to lie still and relax.

How long is a session?

CST sessions usually last for an hour, though the length of time can vary.

What will I experience during a session?

People receiving CST 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.

How many sessions are recommended?

To fully benefit from CST, you may need more than one or two sessions. You and your practitioner will decide how many sessions will be best for you.

Is CST suitable for children?

As CST is so gentle and non-invasive, it is suitable for all ages.

What is different about CST?

Through the simplicity of gentle listening touch, CST offers a distinctive stillness that allows your mind and body to rest deeply and begin to restore a natural balance.  CST 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.

Is CST for me?

If you have any questions about CST and whether it is suitable for you, please contact a practitioner, who will be happy to help you.

Can I use CST with other complementary therapies and approaches to health?

CST works well on its own as well as alongside other complementary approaches such as acupuncture, homeopathy and yoga.  If you are unsure please talk to a practitioner.

How does CST relate to psychotherapy and counselling?

CST is a perfect complement to talking therapies. Physically processing emotional issues and trauma held in the body supports the work of counselling and psychotherapy.

If I have a medical problem can CST help?

CST is intended to work alongside the healthcare service your doctor provides.  If you have a particular concern about your health we would always recommend that you consult your GP.  CST practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe medication.

How do I know if a practitioner is sufficiently qualified?

The CSTA accredits practitioners who are in continuing professional development and adhere to the Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

How can I find a practitioner who is registered with the CSTA?

Please use the Find a Practitioner page on this site.