What is CST?
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands on method for evaluating and enhancing the function of the Craniosacral System. This system comprises of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protects the brain and spinal cord, and it influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord.
How was it developed?
Cranial Osteopathy was originated by physician William Sutherland, D.O. (1873-1954), who studied under the founder of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still, at the first American School of Osteopathy (now A. T. Still University) in 1898-1900. While looking at a disarticulated skull, Sutherland was struck by the idea that the cranial sutures of the temporal bones where they meet the parietal bones were “beveled, like the gills of a fish, indicating articular mobility for a respiratory mechanism.” This idea that the bones of the skull could move was contrary to contemporary anatomical belief.
Upledger developed his own treatment style, and when he started to teach his work to a group of students who were not osteopaths he generated the term ‘CranioSacral therapy’, based on the corresponding movement between cranium and sacrum. Craniosacral therapists often (although not exclusively) work more directly with the emotional and psychological aspects of the patient than osteopaths working in the cranial field. The Upledger Institute, formed in 1987, has many international affiliates united by Upledger’s International Association of Healthcare Practitioners.
What does Craniosacral Therapy do?
The method generally requires only five grams of pressure – the equivalent weight of a nickel – to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. Any imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities like motor co-ordination impairments, learning disabilities, dyslexia, behavioral problems and autism.
Does Craniosacral Therapy require any special tools?
Absolutely not. What we need is just our hands.
How often does Craniosacral Therapy need to be done?
Usually Kyoko treats patients weekly basis. For more severe cases, she even treats them twice a week.
Does Craniosacral Therapy hurt?
Some time, patients really complain about discomfort – such as pulling sensation and a bit of pain in the head. This is due to releases of congestions in the craniosacral system.
What results can Craniosacral Therapy produce?
Every individual will experience CST differently and results can be diverse as well. The goal, however, is achieved by helping the body to correct its dysfunction, thus regaining homeostasis, reduced symptoms and improved well being.
Who can benefit from it?
It is suitable for anyone, young and old. Among the medical conditions for which Craniosacral Therapy has shown to be effective are:
- Speech Delay
- Learning Difficulties
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Neck & Back Pain
- Temporary Mandibular Joint Dysfunction
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Infantile Disorders
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Emotional Difficulties
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Post Surgical Dysfunction
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
What kind of programs are offered for children and adults?
For first-time patients, we offer the following programs:
Children – 1st assessment (30min with Kyoko) + 10 sessions (30min with Kyoko/45min with Celeste) = $1000
Trial session at $120.
Adults – 1st assessment (45min with Kyoko) + 6 sessions (45min with Kyoko/60min with Celeste) = $1060
Trial session at $180.
Programs for continuing patients do not include an assessment and will be tailored to suit individual needs.
About Kyoko Saeki – Founder
Kyoko obtained her certification for CranioSacral Therapy from the Upledger Insitute after finishing Advanced Craniosacral Therapy and has been using her techniques to treat children since 2002. Kyoko also achieved a Bachelor of HealthScience (Complementary Medicine) degree after studying NeuroScience – Physiology of Behavior in 2001.
About Celeste Foo – Therapist
Celeste started working at Healing Gardens in 2011 under Kyoko’s mentorship. Since then, Celeste has obtained multiple diplomas in areas such as Anatomy & Physiology, Aromatherapy and MLD. Celeste also attained her certification as a Craniosacral Therapist from the Upledger Institute in early 2015. Celeste is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation.