WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY? Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of manual therapy involving gentle manipulation of the cranium, spine and pelvis thereby allowing the practitioner to assess and treat a variety of physical, mental and emotional ailments. CST is well known for its ability to tonify the nervous system by inducing a parasympathetic or rest and repair state, thereby stimulating the body’s innate healing ability. In this state heart rate, blood pressure and circulating stress hormones decrease while the breath deepens and blood and lymph flow increase. Additionally, muscle tension decreases and patients often report a feeling of calm and relaxation similar to meditation.
The human body exhibits several rhythmic impulses at a cellular level that are shaped by experiences and stressors throughout our lives. The heart rate and breathing patterns are two of the most well-known rhythmic impulses within the human body. The craniosacral rhythm is considered the rhythmic impulse of the central nervous system and is the cornerstone of craniosacral therapy.
Craniosacral derives its name from two of its integral structures; the cranium (skull) and the sacrum (pelvis) in addition to the membranes that enclose the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Together, these structures allow for the production, flow and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) thereby bringing nutrients and removing waste products to and from the central nervous system. The movement of CSF is dependent upon the movement of its surrounding structures, specifically the bones within the skull and the meninges. A thin layer of connective tissue known as the fascia lies just below the surface of our skin and covers the entire body. The fascia is also deeply connected to the movement of the craniosacral rhythm through its various bone and muscle attachments. The freedom and restriction of movement between these tissues forms the basis of CST diagnosis and treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT CST begins with a review of your individual health history and includes a physical exam and a comprehensive naturopathic treatment strategy that may incorporate botanicals, flower essences, mindfulness, dietary and lifestyle recommendations to support your overall health goals.
CST is a relaxing therapy performed by Dr. Eryn Scott with the patient lying fully clothed on a massage table amid soft lighting and blankets available for warmth and comfort. The practitioner will then assess your craniosacral rhythm by placing their hands lightly on your head, sternum, abdomen, sacrum and ankles. You may be asked to shift your body slightly from time to time, although your primary role in this treatment is to allow your body to unwind. If at any time during the treatment you feel discomfort, please inform the practitioner so they may adjust the pressure or location of their hands.
The duration of treatment depends upon the conditions addressed and generally lasts 20-45 minutes. Some individuals may experience a sense of dizziness or sleepiness after treatment which is often a sign of the nervous system shifting from a sympathetic fight, flight or freeze state to a parasympathetic rest and repair state. Patients are invited to enjoy a cup of tea in our waiting room and apothecary to ensure they are fully alert before driving and moving on to their next activity. For best results, we recommend a series of 3-4 weekly in-office sessions. It is essential to remain well hydrated after treatment to further improve CSF and blood flow and to avoid alcohol within the next 24 hours.
Infants and children often respond well to CST, although many older and more active children tolerate the treatment best with a form of distraction (a small toy, songs and stories read aloud by parents). Occasionally, the clinician may perform treatment while the child is actively playing, in a caregiver’s lap or while breastfeeding.
PRICING Initial session for established patients (1.5 hours) $225 Initial session for new patients (2 hours) $315
Follow up CST-only visits: $50 per 30 minutes of treatment *Additional costs may apply for new health concerns or for additional time spent outside the treatment session.
Contact 507C Main Street / PO Box 4236 Frisco, CO 80443 Phone: 970.668.1300 Fax: 970.668.1301 Note to patients: Email is designed for non-urgent & brief questions or points of clarification on previous appointments. It is not a HIPAA-compliant form of communication. If you have detailed concerns or questions, an office visit is the most appropriate place to provide clinical care. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com