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What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle and nourishing hands on technique that uses light touch to examine membranes and movement in the fluids around the central nervous system (CNS). Relieving tension in the CNS promotes a feeling of well being by eliminating pain, reducing inflammation, and boosting health and immunity. The CNS is responsible for the bodies natural healing powers. CST focuses on removing restrictive forces or stagnations related to the craniosacral system. Enhancing the mobility of the craniosacral system improves the circulation of both blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to the brain, spinal cord, pituitary gland, pineal gland and the cranial nerves and more but I will keep this short.

What Can I Expect During a Treatment?

During a session traditionally a craniosacral therapist will start at your feet with a light touch of their hands around your ankles and work upward to the base of the skull. Your therapist will gently touch specific points for different amounts of time. Dependant on what the therapist is feeling in your CSF pulse. A normal cycle of this pulse is 6 - 12 cycles per minute. Commonly, this pulse is much more rapid and calming this pulse is what your therapist will do during your treatment.

Mind Body Integration

Since the craniosacral system has such influence on the physiological environment of the brain, many integrative processes between the psyche and body emerge.

Images, colours, emotions may all come to the surface during the treatment. The therapist is trained to guide you and

encourage the awareness of these sensations during the session with their touch or verbal cues.

What does CST treat?

Many symptoms can be relieved such as:

  • Headaches/migraines

  • Anxiety/depression

  • Brain Fog

  • Stress and other mental states

  • Memory

  • Chronic Pain

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Neuralgia

  • Stroke

  • Post-concussion syndrome

  • Epilepsy

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • + more…

What to Expect After Treatment

You may leave in such a relaxed state that feel like sleeping for a few hours. Or you may feel energized. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days. May continue weeks after the session. Everyone is diff


Acupuncture and CST

Our therapist Kelsey integrates CST and acupuncture during her treatments. You will receive needles and CST stimutanuously. Th

is provides a deep healing sensation. CST in conjunction with acupuncture has immensely helped her with migraines that she has suffered from since 8 years old.

How Many Treatments?

Generally a treatment plan of 4 to start at weekly intervals. Ie) 1 x per week for 1 month. This is the best for resetting your nervous system.

Please reach out if you have any questions at 250-800-7738, we are located in Courtenay, British Columbia on Cliffe Avenue.

Written by Kelsey Bru is a licensed acupuncturist and TCM Herbalist, Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in the Comox Valley, British Columbia. She loves sharing her passion for craniosacral therapy and lifestyle tips through her online articles and at her clinic, The Remedy Room, on Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Call for an appointment at 250-800-7738 or

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