CST is relaxation massage for your mind.
Deep relaxation is just the start. The purpose of CST is to help your body recover from illness, injury or to release the stress.
Not ‘feeling yourself’ lately? CST can help with that as well.
This is the most gentle and non-invasive complementary treatment you can have.
The bridge between the practice of CST and your desired health result is SomatoEmotional Release (SER). Since your mind and body are inseparable, each one holds the key to the other’s potential and fulfilment. Emotional vestiges don’t just clutter your mind, they impede physical recovery and progress. SER is about helping you let go of redundant emotional auto-responses that seep into muscle memory and cause, for example, a constricted posture that impedes your blood circulation, undermines your vitality and slows down your recovery. SER guides gradual emotional release by informing the gentle massaging of the tissue.
+ How it works
Your body can heal itself. Just look at what happens when you cut your finger or scrape your knee.
But its recovery powers don’t stop there.
Whether it’s headache, depression or backache. No matter if it’s acute or chronic. Your body’s central nervous system can do much heavy lifting when it comes to healing. But often it needs a helping hand, literally.
Our therapist Justyna will use her hands to guide your body’s healing energy where it is needed most. She will start with a gentle touch on the key part of your nervous system – your head.
+ What to expect
1. Justyna will talk to you about your health – past and present. Don’t hesitate to speak about any physical, mental or emotional issues that are bothering you. The more she knows about your health needs or emotional state the more you’ll get out of your CST session with her.
2. You’ll be lying on a comfortable bed in one of our treatment rooms. They will shield you from the buzz of London’s Camden High Street. No need to take off anything. We guarantee you’ll be relaxed, even fully clothed.
3. After the consultation, Justyna will gently place her hands on your head to feel the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid within your brain and neck. She will look out for the pattern and strength of the current. Is the fluid flow balanced or scattered? Strong or weak?
4. Justyna will use this information to help her identify bottlenecks between your body’s tissues and its central nervous system. These are the blockages and weaknesses that stop your body from working at its best. And she will apply gentle massage movements to your head to improve the circulation of the fluid.
5. You may experience warmth or gentle pulsing in areas of your body where blockages are cleared with improved circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. This is a sign that your nervous system is fully reanimated. It should have new energy to tackle the outstanding self-correcting work your body needs to reach optimal health.
+ After the treatment
Relaxation, better sleep, more energy, better mood. Improvement in symptoms. The beauty of this therapy is that it works differently for different people. It depends on your personal health needs at the time of treatment. Your body’s response will be unique to you.
The effects of CST may happen immediately, or gradually within a few days of treatment.
Sometimes you may experience an increase in your pain or the recurrence of an old pain or other symptoms. Don’t panic. This should pass quickly – usually within 24 hours. This is simply your body responding to the effects of treatment. It is a sign that CST is working for you.
Where CST can help
According to studies* CranioSacral Therapy can be useful for:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Female infertility
- Sommatic tinnitus
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- General wellbeing improvement
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Mehl-Madrona L et al The impact of acupuncture and craniosacral therapy interventions on clinical outcomes in adults with asthma, Explore (NY). 2007 Jan-Feb; 3(1):28-36
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Arab A M and Nourbakhsh M R, The Effects of Cranial Manual Therapy and Myofascial Release Technique on Somatic Tinnitus in Individuals without Otic Pathology: Two Case Reports with one year follow up. Presented at the 3rd International Fascia Research Congress April 2012 Vancouver, BC, Canada. http://www.fasciacongress.org/2012/Abstracts/66_Arab.doc
Nourbakhsh M R and Fearon F J. The effect of oscillating-energy manual therapy on lateral epicondylitis: a randomized, placebo-control, double-blinded study, J Hand Ther. 2008 Jan-Mar;21(1):4-13