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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that aims to enhance the body's natural healing abilities by focusing on the craniosacral system. This system includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. With gentle manipulation focused primarily on the cranium (skull), facial bones and sacrum (tailbone) we can alleviate restrictions and imbalances, promoting overall health and well-being.

The theory behind CST is rooted in the idea that the craniosacral system has its own rhythm, similar to the heartbeat, which can be felt throughout the body. Practitioners use subtle movements to assess and address any restrictions or abnormalities in this rhythm, facilitating the body's ability to self-correct and heal.

Conditions commonly addressed by craniosacral therapy include:

  1. Headaches and migraines

  2. Fibromyalgia

  3. Chronic neck and back pain

  4. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

  5. Insomnia and sleep disturbances

  6. Anxiety and depression

  7. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  8. ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders

Craniosacral therapy is generally considered safe for people of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals seeking relief from chronic pain or stress-related conditions, as well as those looking to improve their overall well-being.

If CST is the only modality being performed, there is no need to disrobe. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and remove any jewelry or accessories. It's also recommended to avoid consuming heavy meals or stimulants (such as caffeine) before your session, as these may affect your ability to relax and fully experience the benefits of the therapy.


  1. How long does a typical craniosacral therapy session last?

Sessions are approximately 60 minutes in length. If another modality is combined, such as lymphatic drainage, Swedish or energy work, we can adjust the timeframe as if desired.


   2. What can I expect during a session?

The practitioner uses a gentle touch, often described as the weight of a nickel, to assess the client's craniosacral rhythm, identify areas of imbalance and release tension or restriction. 

   3. Can craniosacral therapy be combined with other modalities?

My practice is unique in that, yes, I am happy to include an abbreviated CST treatment into your Swedish, energy, or Manual Lymphatic session to sample at no additional cost. We can also book an extended session that allows for full time with more than one modality. CST is an excellent complement to all of the services I provide.

   4. Is craniosacral therapy covered by insurance?

I do accept HSA/FSA insurance.

  5. How many sessions are typically recommended to experience the full benefits?

For acute conditions or recent injuries, clients may benefit from a shorter series of sessions, typically ranging from 3 to 6 sessions. For chronic or complex conditions, a more extended series of sessions may be recommended, ranging from 6 to 10 sessions or more. Each case is different and we will work together on determining the frequency and spacing to meet your goals.


   6. Are there any contraindications or conditions that may make someone unsuitable for craniosacral therapy?

Yes, contraindicated conditions include:

-Recent head trauma

-Infectious diseases

-Severe medical conditions such as uncontrolled epilepsy or acute stroke

  7. How can I find a qualified practitioner in my area?

The Upledger Institute is an excellent resource for not only finding qualified therapists who have trained in the gold standard of CST, but also a source of detailed information regarding the technique and its history.

Kimmy's Upledger profile can be viewed here.

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