Janna Storino

CranioSacral Therapy

Acupuncture by Janna Storino

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch, whole-body treatment technique developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM. It focuses on working with the body’s craniosacral system to support and nourish the central nervous system, thereby improving overall health and well-being.

Key Principles:

  1. CST is a complementary method of hands-on bodywork.
  2. It works with the natural and unique rhythms of different body systems.
  3. The goal is to pinpoint and address problem sources.


  • Alleviates aches, pains, and strains of life.
  • Improves coping mechanisms for better stress management.
  • Enhances the body’s ability to self-care.
  • Can produce profound, positive changes.

Development and Origin: CranioSacral Therapy was coined by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM in the 1970s. He developed this treatment modality during his research at Michigan State University.

Associated Organization: Upledger Institute International

Frequently Asked Questions

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in these areas, alleviating stress and pain.

Practitioners claim that gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis can help to ease tension and restore craniosacral rhythm, leading to improved wellness and relaxation.

It is often used for conditions like headaches, neck and back pain, stress and tension-related disorders, and chronic fatigue. Some practitioners also claim it can help with more complex conditions like fibromyalgia and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).

During a session, the patient lies fully clothed on a treatment table while the therapist makes light touches to the skull, face, spine, and pelvis.

A typical craniosacral therapy session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.

The scientific evidence supporting craniosacral therapy is limited and mixed. Some studies suggest benefits, but more rigorous research is needed to conclusively determine its effectiveness. It is often considered a complementary therapy, used in conjunction with more traditional medical treatments.

The number of sessions needed varies widely among individuals. Some people experience significant improvements in just a few sessions, while others may require ongoing sessions over a longer period to see benefits.

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