Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and Anxiety

CST is a very gentle, non-invasive therapy that uses light touch to bring your central nervous system back into balance.

The CranioSacral System consists of the brain, spinal cord, membranes and fluid within it. The fluid has a rhythm all its own, similar to the tide of the ocean or your heartbeat and pulse. When there is a disruption in the flow of this fluid imbalance in the body and mind can occur. And it works the other way too…When we have emotional responses to anxiety-provoking experiences and this emotion cannot be expressed in a way that is healthy, this emotion is remembered or stored in the tissues of the body, the muscles, bones and organs. When people experience CST, the body relaxes, the brain activities slow down and the ego with its defense mechanisms gets out of the way. The stored emotions often will surface for the purpose of release and healing.

People receiving CST will lie comfortable on a massage table, fully-clothed as the therapist uses light touch, which engages the body’s own corrective abilities to facilitate changes from the inside out.

Although CST therapists are not psychotherapists, they are trained to release restrictions in the body. Emotions are often linked to tension held in the body and sometimes can be released along with physical restrictions. In that way, CST can help to address the root causes of anxiety and depression without the use of medications. CST has been experienced as calming to the central nervous system, allowing the body and mind to be stronger and more resilient.

I have recommended many people who suffer from anxiety give CST a try. Everyone I know who has experienced CST, myself included, reports that CST is provides a profound relaxation with lingering positive benefits and pronounced relief from anxiety in particular.

~Tina Zilmer LMT CNMT~

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