Focus on Health:
What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?
By: Jodie Lindley, RMT
There are two “modes” to bodywork: active and passive. The active mode of bodywork is more direct and involves a manipulation of the tissues, to work out kinks and knots in the muscles. This is the therapy we all enjoy, what most Massage Therapists practice 99% of the time. However, with people who are very sensitive and cannot handle a lot of pressure, there is another method to explore.
The passive mode works indirectly on the body, and while it involves the movement of tissues, it is executed with very light pressure. In essence, the body itself directs the movements and the therapist’s hands remain passive. This work can reach much deeper into the body’s structures without the rebound effect. One example of this type of therapy is Craniosacral Therapy (CST).
CST was discovered and developed by an Osteopath, John E. Upledger. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of assessing and enhancing the functioning of the Craniosacral System. This system is made up of the tissues and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. CST is applied to various regions on the skull, spinal column, and sacrum to increase the movements of the fluid and bones. In actuality, CST can be applied to anywhere on the body, and is highly effective at loosening restriction in the body’s tissues.
CST enhances the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Again, it is a very passive therapy. I put my hands where they feel drawn to go, and let the body unwind. The body knows how to do this naturally. CST goes very deep, much deeper than traditional massage therapy can. I highly recommend it for anyone with chronic pain, headaches, low back pain, hip problems, or restrictions from accidents or trauma.
CST can get very deep into the restrictive issues of the body, and as anything alternative, it is a process. Part of the process may also involve an exploration into the emotional/mental issues surrounding the “release”, or what may be stuck there. It is a very organic and fascinating process.
As a practitioner of Craniosacral Therapy, I can attest to the effectiveness of this type of bodywork. It stimulates the body’s healing processes, deep relaxation mode, and can provide profound physical change in the body’s internal structures. It is therefore the perfect bodywork to receive when you are feeling more sensitive to life and all of its pressures, but need some physical relief.
Recipe: Grilled Zucchini
Recipe from: thepioneerwoman.com
- 6 whole Zucchini (medium Sized)
- 1/4 cupOlive Oil
- 2 Crushed Garlic
- 1 teaspoonKosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Lemon
- Parmesan Cheese
- Lemon Zest (Optional)
- Lop off the tops and bottoms of the zucchini and slice them into quarters, lengthwise. Place them all in a very large plastic zipper bag. Drizzle in olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper, and the juice of one lemon. Seal the bag and smush them around a bit so that the zucchini is coated. Set aside for 15 to 20 minutes to marinate.
- Prepare the indoor or outdoor grill to medium to medium-low heat. Grill the zucchini on all sides until nice and tender, being careful not to burn them. Remove the zucchini to a plate as it gets done and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and lemon zest to taste.
Did you know?
Zucchini is a LOW CALORIE / HIGH FIBER super veggie!! It’s very high in Vitamins A & C, which have many health benefits, including increased immune response, improved vision, antioxidant properties and cancer prevention. Zucchini also contains folate and magnesium, which help prevent heart attack and stroke.