FAQs about CranioSacral Therapy

FAQs about CranioSacral Therapy

What the heck is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch bodywork therapy that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep within the body to relieve pain and restrictions and improve whole-body health and performance.

How does it work?

Every day you endure stresses and strains and your body absorbs them. But your body can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten and potentially affect the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, this can compromise the function of the central nervous system – and the performance of nearly every other system in the body.

CST releases those tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. Using a gentle touch – starting with about the weight of a nickel – practitioners evaluate your internal environment. Then they use distinctive light-touch techniques to release any restrictions they find.

By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CST naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease, and enhances your health and well-being. (Excerpted from Discover CranioSacral Therapy, Upledger Institute, 2008.)

I didn't hurt my head, I hurt my knee/hip/shoulder, etc. Can CST help me?

Most likely, yes. Because our bodies are connected by fascia, or connective tissue, a restriction anywhere in the body can affect the central nervous system. By working with the body as a whole unit, restrictions are released and all the body's systems are free to self-correct.

What is fascia?

Fascia is connective tissue that is found everywhere in the body - around muscles, bones, organs, and even in the cells themselves.

What types of conditions respond well to CST?

CranioSacral Therapy improves the body's ability to take better care of itself. It can help relieve a vast number of issues including:

Migraines and headaches

Chronic neck and back pain

Stress and tension-related disorders

Motor-coordination impairments

Infant and childhood disorders

Brain and spinal cord injuries

Chronic fatigue


TMJ Syndrome


Central nervous system disorders

Learning disabilities


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Orthopedic problems

Depression, anxiety, and grief 

Who can practice CranioSacral Therapy?

In order to practice CranioSacral Therapy, a person first needs to be licensed to perform manual therapy. That means doctors, dentists, nurses, massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, and others are eligible to practice CST, once they gain appropriate training.

What should I look for in a CST practitioner?

Ideally, you'll find a licensed practitioner who is Certified in CranioSacral Therapy. Though a person does not have to be certified to practice CST (and there are some fine practitioners who are not certified), certification is a procedure that assures a high level of study and competence in the work. To become certified, a person must complete certain coursework, obtain a passing score on an essay examination, an objective examination, and a practical (hands-on) examination of skills and techniques. It is quite a rigorous procedure, and appoximately 1 out of every 100 people who has taken CranioSacral Therapy coursework is Certified.

There is a second level of Certification called Diplomate Certification. In addition to everything listed above, a practitioner must demonstrate understanding of advanced theory, competence in complex CranioSacral and SomatoEmotional Release skills, and a commitment to the ongoing development of CranioSacral Therapy to become Diplomate Certified.

Beyond Certification, look for a practitioner who has experience with a variety of conditions, knowledge through advanced coursework, and who is someone you feel comfortable with.

You can search practitioners near you through the Upledger Institute website.

Are you certified?

Yes, I have been Diplomate Certified in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy since 2012, and have been in CranioSacral Therapy practice since 2003.

Do you work with children and men?

Yes, I work with men and women, boys and girls of all ages, from infants to elders.

How many times do I have to come in to see results?

It depends. Every person is unique. Some folks come in and after one treatment, their pain is gone. For others, corrective care is required because the issues are more complex, and it takes several sessions to release all the layers of dysfunction. Most people then choose to continue with maintenance care and come in once a month for “tune-ups” so that they remain in optimum health. I will tell you my honest and professional opinion about how often I think you should come in for treatment, but the final decision is always up to you and your body.

How much is a CST session at Oasis Center?

At the initial appointment, we'll take some time to talk about your medical history and issues you are currently struggling with before we begin the treatment session. The fee for the initial appointment is $175. At the end of the initial appointment, I will recommend a treatment plan that is personalized for you. After that, the fee for a one hour session is $150, and an hour and a half is $225. (Appointments for children under 10 are typically 30 minutes and cost $75.) For those who would like to make CranioSacral Therapy a regular part of their health and well-being, discount prepaid packages are available. Tips are not accepted.

Does insurance cover CST?

Sometimes. It depends on the insurance company and your individual health plan.

Does Oasis Center take insurance?

I don't work directly with insurance companies, however, upon request I am happy to provide you with a detailed receipt that you may submit to your insurance company.

What are Oasis Center's hours?

I see clients Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and one Friday and Saturday each month. My first appointment is at 10am, and my last is at 5:30. I am usually booked about 1-2 months in advance, but sometimes I am able to take appointments the same week. Please contact me for availability.

How can I prepare for a CranioSacral Therapy session?

You will remain clothed during the session, so comfortable clothing is ideal, and try not to eat a big meal right before your appointment. Other than that, just try to arrive a few minutes early so that you may decompress and relax before your treatment.

Do you have gift certificates available?

Yes, gift certificates are a wonderful idea for family and friends. I can prepare a gift certificate for you to present in person, or I am happy to mail the gift certificate to the recipient. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more information.