Cranial-sacral massage therapy (CST) is a gentle technique that focuses on the central nervous system at the head, spinal column, and sacrum. The practice uses only the weight of a nickel to release tension for pain relief and to promote overall wellness.

What Is Cranial-Sacral Therapy

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At Wayfare Wellness in downtown Denver, we believe that cranial-sacral therapy is more of a treatment for the central nervous system than simply a massage technique. By focusing on central pressure points in the skull, spinal column, arms, and legs we help you reach a stillpoint through the manipulation of your cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is what cushions and cleanses your central nervous system. During this still point, your craniosacral rhythmic impulses are suspended, allowing the nervous system relax.

Sarah, our downtown Denver massage therapist, describes this complicated technique with an analogy to help patients understand what is going on in the body. She explains that your central nervous system is similar to a phone cord. The tightly coiled cord twists more and more with each use, which is a good representation of the central nervous system, which is always being stimulated. When you let the phone hang slack, the cord begins to unwind and relax. This opportunity for the central nervous system to unwind and relax is provided through cranial-sacral therapy.

Over time, cranial-sacral therapy has become more and more popular as a preventative measure because it increases the body's ability to self correct as muscle toxins are released and the central nervous system is brought back to equilibrium.

Is Cranial-Sacral Therapy Right For You?

Cranial-sacral therapy is ideal for patients who have experienced a trauma that has caused their equilibrium to lose balance. It is commonly used in the treatment of concussion and traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and post-traumatic stress

disorder. Additionally, cranial-sacral massage therapy can be helpful to those with developmental or learning disabilities. The gentle technique helps to alleviate the stress and tension that may build up on a daily basis. CST is also beneficial in treating chronic pain conditions, such as migraines, fibromyalgia and TMJ syndrome.

Denver Massage Therapist Specializes in Cranial-Sacral Therapy

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Sarah specialized in cranial-sacral massage while studying at the Colorado School of Healing Arts. She is passionate about helping people care for themselves and recommends regular massage therapy as part of your regular health care routine. Regular cranial-sacral therapy, in particular, helps to restore balance within the body. This unique therapy can be done alone or combined with other modalities of massage therapy depending on what your needs and goals are.

The central nervous system has an immense influence over the body's ability to function. Tight muscles can create a barrier around your brain and spinal cord, compromising their ability to function properly and having a negative impact on your overall health. Regular cranial-sacral therapy helps prepare your body for the every day stresses and strains you experience by releasing restrictions in the tissue that influences your central nervous system.

Schedule an appointment in downtown Denver today to learn what cranial-sacral therapy can do for you!