Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a holistic healing approach using gentle hands-on bodywork to enhance the body's natural healing capabilities based in the Craniosacral system. The Craniosacral system extends from the bones of the skull and face (cranium) to the tailbone (sacrum). It consists of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Like the cardiovascular system, the Craniosacral system has an inherent rhythm or wave that can be felt throughout the body. The quality, amplitude, and symmetry of the rhythm reflect the level of health and fluidity in the Craniosacral system. CST is an assessment tool as well as a treatment.
The Craniosacral system maintains the environment in which the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) function, which in turn controls and influences our key bodily functions. The role of the Craniosacral system in the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord is so fundamental that an imbalance or dysfunction in it can cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities.
Additionally, each system of the body is connected with every other part of the body via fascia or connective tissue. A restriction in the tissues of the body can create imbalances in the craniosacral system.
Craniosacral Therapy appreciates our unique body-mind connection, and recognizes that symptoms are often due to underlying causes. For example, tightness in lower back may be traced back to tightness in the feet, a chronic neck ache may result from a childhood emotional stress, or restrictions in cranium or tissue surrounding the nervous system can in turn effect neuro-motor efficiency.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. Craniosacral Therapy can facilitate healing on a physical, mental, and emotion plane. Because it completes the body's natural healing processes, CST is a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It is also effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
A session is performed with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing and lying on a massage table. Some sessions are purely structural (with a focus on biomechanics), and some sessions have an emotional component.
Each client responds to the work in their own way. During the session individuals often feel relaxed, others fall asleep, some have emotions arise, and some develop a new awareness in their body-mind relationship. There is no standard session, as each is a direct response to what is present for the individual. For example, while two different clients may present similar concerns such as lower back pain, one client's pain may be relieved by finding more space in the joint between the leg and pelvis, while the other individual's pain may be subsided by releasing restrictions in the organs.
Within three to five sessions, a person is able to sense whether Craniosacral Therapy is right for the them. Benefits are usually evident after the first session.
Dr. Lyons is available for private sessions in his Manhattan office and for teletherapy anywhere in the world via Skype. He also makes home and corporate office visits throughout NYC. Use the button below to schedule an appointment.