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Craniosacral Therapy – A Biodynamic Approach to Health

Craniosacral Therapy PatientCraniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands on therapy that relieves tension within the structures and tissues surrounding the central nervous system while promoting relief from pain and improving whole body health and function.

Craniosacral Therapy focuses on easing the environment around the central nervous system, supporting its natural rhythm and ability for self repair. Healing comes from within the patient, rather than from an outside source. Because Craniosacral Therapy is such a gentle type of treatment, it can be utilized by anyone, including pre and postnatal women, newborns, young children, adults and seniors.

Craniosacral Therapy has a variety of benefits for the body, and is effective for people of all ages. It is a technique aimed primarily to relieve compression in the head, neck and back but it also can assist in improving symptoms such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Trauma
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Stress
  • Postpartum anxiety and depression

Craniosacral SessionCraniosacral Therapy creates a sense of safety for your nervous system through slow, intentional and relaxed touch. When the nervous system enters this state of safety in can begin to identify different experiences and areas of tension that are being held within the body and process these into effective healing.

In just one session emotional, mental and physical stress can be relieved. Patients leave sessions feeling calm, better able to cope with everyday stressors and trauma, more connected and aware of their bodies and the environment around them, and with a renewed sense of purpose, vitality and wellbeing.

How Craniosacral Therapy Works

The Biodynamic approach to Craniosacral Therapy focuses primarily on the organizing forces and fluid rhythms throughout the body.

The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. It is referred to as ‘central’ because it integrates information from the entire body and coordinates activity across the entire organism; it has great influence over the body’s ability to function properly.

Everyday our body endures stressors that it consistently works to balance out, however sometimes our tissues tighten under the strain. Sometimes our body will hold patterns of tension from previous experiences. When there are tensions in the tissues around the central nervous system its ability to function optimally is restricted.

Craniosacral therapy helps to ease the environment around the central nervous system, supporting its natural rhythm and ability for self repair.

The Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

BCST is a gentle therapy due to its non-invasive, non-manipulative nature. It is a therapy that focuses on the health in your system and facilitating the body to self repair. A foundation of BCST is that health is always present no matter the ailment. If the focus has been on illness, trauma or pain, a connection with a sense of health can be lost.

Conditions that Respond Favourably to BSCT

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma/Bronchitis
  • Autism
  • Back Pain
  • Birth Trauma
  • Bladder conditions
  • Bone disorders
  • Breathing disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colic
  • Dental/jaw/TMJ
  • Trauma
  • Depression

  • Digestive issues
  • Emotional issues
  • Exhaustion
  • Fibroids
  • Fluid retention
  • Headaches
  • Hormonal issues
  • Hyperactivity
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia/sleep disorders
  • Joint disorders
  • Low immunity
  • Menstrual pain

  • Migraines
  • Morning sickness
  • Muscular pain
  • Nervous disorders
  • Neuralgia
  • Postnatal depression/anxiety
  • Premature birth
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Sprains/strains
  • Stress
  • Stroke
  • Visual issues

What to Expect

During your first session, Angela our Craniosacral Therapist at Thrive will begin by discussing your health history, addressing any specific conerns and answering any questions you may have.

Sessions typically last an hour, although it can vary. You remain fully clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side on a massage table, or you may be seated. Finding a comfortable position for you is important and Angela will have props to support the body.

After explaining what she would like to do and gaining your consent Angela will make light contact with your body with her hands and will move to areas that are prioritized by your system. As the body functions as a whole, she may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.

After a session there can be a period of adjustment where some clients report an increase in awareness of their symptoms. It is important to remember that Craniosacral Therapy works to stimulate and increase the body’s self repair intelligence. The hands-on session helps support your system to access information and resources to make nervous system reorganizations.

Some patients report relief after only one or two sessions. For long-standing issues, further sessions may be required to assist the body in a holistic movement towards greater health.

The Cost of Craniosacral Therapy

Adult BCST Session $110
Pediatric BCST Session $110
Wellbaby Craniosacral Session (Parent and Baby Treated Together) $110
Prepay Craniosacral Therapy Package (3 Sessions) $300


Craniosacral Therapy Southwest Edmonton AB | (780) 244-2441