Frequently Asked Questions


What is CranioSacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluation and
treatment that works with the body’s nervous system to enhance your health.
The craniosacral system includes the brain, spinal cord, and all related
structures.  Through the research of Dr. Upledger it was found that releasing
restrictions in the craniosacral system can improve your vitality by impacting the
entire nervous system.

As best stated by Dr. Upledger;

“By using about 5 gm of pressure, or roughly the weight of a nickel, the CST
practitioner evaluates the system by testing for ease of motion and the rhythm of
cerebrospinal fluid pulsing within the membranes.  Specific treatment techniques
are then used to release restrictions in sutures, fasciae, membranes, and any
other tissues that may influence the craniosacral system. The result is an
improved internal environment that frees the central nervous system to return to
its optimal level of health and performance.”

Upledger, John (2008), CranioSacral Therapy: What it is; How it works. pg. 1

What is somatoemotional releasE?

Somatoemotional Release (SER) is when a physical tissue release in the body has an emotional component. Clients may notice that they feel an intense emotion while receiving CST or after the session. Although it does not happen to everyone and does not happen as a result of all CST sessions, it is common and may be interpreted as a letting go of trauma.

For more on SER please watch this video of Chas Perry:

For more about Chas and Kat Perry and the Comprehensive Therapy Programs, Dolphin Assisted programs and more go to

Interview with Thomas Rasmussen, PhD about CST and head trauma. For more about the intensive therapy programs in Iceland go to

What should I expect during a CST session?

If you have never experienced CST, you may be wondering what to expect when
you come for a session.  Clients are treated fully clothed in a comfortable
position, typically lying facing upward on a massage table.  During the treatment
the practitioner places a hand on the front and back of the body, along the spine
as well as on the head, and applies gentle pressure (about the weight of a nickel).
Most clients experience a deep sense of calm and peaceful relaxation.  CST is
inherently client-centered as the practitioner is trained in the practice of
supporting the body in its healing rather than forcing change.

How many treatments should I expect to need?

If you are exploring CST to help with a specific health issue or simply to relax you may wonder how many sessions you will need to feel better.  Of course this will vary from person to person--generally you will know after one session whether you "like" CST and then after 3-4 sessions you will know whether CST is helping you achieve your health goals.

Is CST a physical modality?

It is a common misconception that CST is a form of energy work. CST is in fact a physical modality that uses subtle palpation and evaluation techniques. Your therapist may incorporate some energy  techniques and you may feel that energy is shifting internally, but that is in response to your bodies needs.

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Is there any research behind cst?

When Dr. Upledger developed his practice of CST, he worked with .... to research the effects of the techniques that he was using. There are many case studies that continue to support the value of CST. Currently on the Upledger website there are articles outlining research on CST and people with autism, Alzheimers disease, migraines, fibromyalgia and more.