What is the Craniosacral System?

Most people’s response is “oh, it’s great, I love it!”, but few could explain what it is, or how it works. Indeed, everyone’s experience of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is different, depending on what their system is wanting to address.
The modality of Craniosacral Therapy developed from cranial Osteopathy, was taught as far back as the early 1900s. Modern CST finds itself in the ‘hands’ of different therapy professionals, and can be practiced in different ways. Treatment style can range from biomechanical, to the biodynamic, and a mixture in between.


A craniosacral therapist has a highly trained sense of touch, to feel subtle changes in tension, and tissue quality in the living anatomy of the whole body. The practitioners awareness of areas of strain or dysfunction allows the body to activate its own dynamic response. The therapist reciprocally offers gentle and specific support where it is needed in order to allow the tissue to restore a balance, and release. This can result in decreased pain, increase movement, and a greater health and vitality of the body as a whole.

Pamela and sonja are adept at palpating and making small adjustments to improve the function of your craniosacral system.

Through spacious presence that the practitioner provides, the body can also enter into a deep state of relaxation; facilitation of vagal tone, which is the restorative input of the parasympathetic nervous system. This can be observed as improved coherence of the body, and is a hot research topic at the moment in health, and wellbeing.

Who Can Benefit from CranioSacral Therapy?

Anyone who has suffered a physical trauma (direct injury, overuse, underuse, misuse, fracture, surgery, infection, radiation, toxic exposure, etc.)The resultant inflammatory response leads to fibrous tissue deposition, blood flow restriction, oxygen compromise, poor function and compensation of the body’s systems.

Anyone who is aware that their symptoms have lasted much longer than the natural expected healing time, that their symptoms refer to a location in their body beyond where the initial injury struck, or seem out of proportion to their initial trauma.

Offered by: Pamela Klombies, BScPT

PAMELA KLOMBIES, BSCPT

SONJA OXFORD

What to expect at a CST visit

After physical injury, some people notice changes in their appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, headaches, balance, coordination, or concentration. During your session, you will be resting while wearing comfortable clothing as your physiotherapist conducts a complete assessment. Through gentle palpation and very little pressure, Pamela identifies any restrictions in your body’s nerve responses. Small adjustments are made to correct any postural misalignments by mobilizing the pressure around your cranial sutures, spinal joints, lymph, myofascial and nervous tissue.

What to Expect After a CST

Some people feel a little hormone release of endorphins which helps in muscle relaxation and pain relief. Some people report feeling a little lighter, as if a heavy weight has been lifted from their neck and shoulders, and their breathing pattern changes. You may notice subtle changes in your sleep patterns, attention span, and energy levels over the next week. Most people do not feel like doing anything too physically or socially demanding directly after a CST appointment, as their nervous system seems to want to “power down” and reboot (i.e. rest completely). It is best to listen to your gut instinct.
Occasionally, an individual may experience some treatment soreness or a rebound headache, even though the pressures applied are very subtle. Give your body about 48 hours to adjust, at least until you become more familiar with your response to CST. Pamela will determine where and how much pressure to use in your subsequent visits. She will discuss with you how many appointments you may require and, depending on your progress, prescribe some exercises for you to do on your own.

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