What can I expect from a CST session?
After a brief consultation, the client is asked to remove any jewellery and shoes and to lie fully clothed on the therapy bed, covered with a blanket. The practitioner will then start by placing his or her hands gently on several listening positions on the body, starting at the feet, and as the treatment plan unfolds will typically hold the cranium and the sacrum in a series of positions and holds, depending on each client's needs.
How long is a session?
Depending on each individual a session can take between 30 minutes to an hour.
Children usually respond faster and need shorter sessions.
How many sessions will I need?
Like any therapeutic or treatment modality, the outcome is dependent on each individual's need and the severity of the pain and the condition. Some symptoms due to trauma have developed over a very long period of time and may result in a long recovery period which could lead to needing a number of therapy sessions.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
The brain and spinal cord are of the most influential parts of the body for it to function synergistically, and the central nervous system is intrinsically influenced by the craniosacral system. The cerebrospinal fluid and membranes surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. The membranes and fluid influences the central nervous system and it's movement and expression throughout the periphery of the body.
Daily our bodies endure stresses and strains that the body must work to compensate for. These stresses often cause our bodies' tissues to tighten thereby altering the craniosacral system, causing tension to form around the brain and spinal cord, resulting in restrictions and blockages. This in turn creates an imbalance in the healthy performance of the central nervous system and potentially, overall, every other system it interacts with because the body functions as a complete unit.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and assisted using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations ("listening") of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord.
Different holds are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By "normalizing" the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is potentially able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to neurological impairment.
Dr DM Street M.B.,Ch.B. – UK
As a medical doctor, a General Practitioner, I have tried to understand if any science exists to explain the workings of complimentary therapies prior to suggesting them to patients.
Fortunately Evelyn Davies approached me about having a Craniosacral therapy session prior to me knowing anything about it.
I lay down under a cosy blanket on a comfortable couch/table and was instructed to just relax. Evelyn placed her hands over my feet. I felt as if my feet were engulfed in warm furry boots. After sometime her hands moved to my head and then sacrum.
Afterwards I felt extremely relaxed, light and invigorated. I was tired the following day and slept for an extraordinary amount of time. After that I felt fabulous and calm. I have now had a few sessions with Evelyn. On each occasion the experience is relaxing and peaceful. I have been left on each occasion with a feeling of calm peacefulness and my energy levels have noticeably picked up.
What has also been interesting to observe is that my parents who have been through tremendous personal trauma have found sessions with Evelyn to be invigorating and emotionally healing.
Whilst I cannot endorse this as a medical therapy, and it certainly should not replace medical treatment, I can certainly say that Craniosacral therapy does not cause harm and in my experience has had a significantly positive impact on my sense of well being. I never miss a treatment when I visit South Africa!
Craniosacral therapy is no different from other treatments or therapies in that it is user dependent. The outcome of the therapy to a greater or lesser extent is determined by the person administering it and the expectations of the user. I can fully endorse Evelyn Davies as an excellent practitioner who is personal whilst being professional, calm and empathetic without being
patronizing. The experience is fabulous and certainly one to be recommended."
Dr Deborah M Street M.B.,Ch.B. – UK
Initial Consultation: 1.5 - 2 hours (R700)
Follow-Up Consultations: 1 hour (R650)
Consultations for Children: 30 min (R450)
Short Sessions: 30 min (R450)
Chronic conditions may need continued treatments.
UNFORTUNATELY CST IS NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.