Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

I offer supportive and transformational bodywork sessions for families and individuals, including infants and the frail.  My work, grounded in Craniosacral Therapy, is safe and gentle. I focus on protocol and energy and facilitate healing on a deep level.

My clients also find the incorporation of complementary energy healing modalities to be beneficial to their healing. As we have come to know, deep, lasting healing occurs when we treat the whole person in mind, body and spirit. It is my commitment to listen to your body and to support the innate healing capacity that is within you.

More about Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. He subsequently co-founded the Upledger Institute.

CST is sometimes also referred to as Cranial Sacral Therapy. It is a gentle, non-invasive form of massage or bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back) and the spinal column.

CST is based on the idea that the body works as an inter-connected whole. It works on the body’s connective tissue, or ‘fascia’. Fascia means ‘band’ in Latin. It is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds organs, blood vessels, muscles, bones, nerve fibers, the spinal cord and brain in place. Fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. This covering forms a connective network throughout the body.

In CST we use what is called ‘The Still Point Technique’ to balance the flow of the cranio-sacral fluid. Gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back relieves the stress and pain caused by compression. It is so gentle it can be used on infants, the elderly and even animals.

This gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine and pelvis, normalises the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system, releasing ‘blockages’ and normalising the efficiency of biological processes by boosting and enabling inherent self-regulation, self-correction and the body’s ability to heal itself.

It promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

It can facilitate healing a number of conditions, such as:

  • Chronic pain.
  • Migraines.
  • Chronic Stress, Fatigue, PTSD.
  • Mood disorders such as anxiety or depression.
  • Autistic Spectrum Behaviors.
  • Motor-Coordination Impairment.
  • Neuralgia and Neuro-degenerative diseases.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy.
  • Learning Disabilities.
  • Speech impairment
  • Traumatic Brain & Spinal Injuries.
  • Infant disorders, e.g. colic.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • ADD/ADHD, etc.

What to expect from a CST session?

You’ll typically remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothing to your appointment.

The treatment session begins with a consultation with your trained therapist to identify troubled areas. Soft music and possibly low lighting are often used to increase your state of relaxation.

A CST session is similar to massage therapy, only that you lie face-up on the massage bed and you stay fully clothed. The therapist uses a protocol of various still positions of the hands along the body, gently holding your feet, head, or sacrum to listen to and regulate subtle rhythms.

Gentle pressure techniques are used to assess the existence of possible disruptions and/or restrictions in your fascial system. Light touch and fascial release will help your muscles and organs to naturally relieve stress, which improves function.

Different sensations may be experienced, such as:

• a feeling of deep relaxation,
• falling asleep,
• recalling memories or seeing colors,
• pulsations,
• ‘pins and needles’ or numb feelings,
• feeling hot or cold.

The session will last from 40 minutes to an hour, depending on your condition.

The patient may experience mild discomfort after the treatment due to the releasing of tensions and detoxing effects, but will soon dissipate. To aid the process, it is recommended to rest as much as possible and to drink lots of water.

Contact Eril for a CST session

Call or Whatsapp: 081 842 5859
Email: eril@mweb.co.za
Stanford, Western Cape