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What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a non-invasive, hands-on therapeutic technique used to relieve pain, tension, and body dysfunction, while improving whole body health and performance. CST has been found to enhance sensory function, motor coordination, developmental progress, neuromuscular function, and improve overall health.
IPT Founder and Physical Therapist Sally Fryer Dietz, and Occupational Therapist Suzanne Aderholdt, are Technique and Diplomat-Certified CranioSacral Therapists, earning the highest level of CST training at the Upledger Institute. All IPT CranioSacral Therapists are trained through the Upledger Institute in Florida.
How is CranioSacral therapy done?
CranioSacral Therapists are trained to identify different characteristics within the craniosacral system and note fluid changes in rhythm, rate, amplitude, and quality. Restrictions detected within this subtle system can be felt within the connective tissues in the body, the head and sacrum (just above the tailbone) and the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
A gentle pressure working with the tissues over these areas — about the weight of a nickel — can bring about lasting changes, improving overall function of the central nervous system and yielding positive results with no negative side effects. Results may be seen in as few as 3-5 sessions.
Background and Benefits
CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger in the 1970’s. Dr. Upledger’s research and extensive clinical applications at Michigan State University and the Upledger Institute in Florida, have been confirmed by research and clinical work for more than 40 years.
Today, CST is an increasingly popular complementary holistic treatment, used worldwide by physical therapists, occupational therapists, medical doctors, and dentists. CST is an effective treatment for children and adults, and boosts the effectiveness of other therapies when used in an integrated treatment plan. IPT offers CranioSacral Therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.