CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is gaining recognition around the world as a powerful therapy that helps alleviate a long list of ailments using a very gentle touch.  Serenity Center NYC is home to two terrific therapists that have undergone their training through the Upledger and Barral Institutes; both of which are at the cutting edge of their fields.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.  CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the CranioSacral system – comprised of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

CST works with the CranioSacral Rhythm, something that every person has, and is created by the increase and decrease of cerebrospinal fluid around the central nervous system.   This subtle rhythm can be felt by a practitioner trained in CST, and can be used to diagnose asymmetries or unbalanced motion.  When unbalanced rhythm is found, it suggests to the practitioner that normal body functions may be disturbed, leading to various symptoms and disease. The practitioner uses a soft touch, generally no greater than the weight of a nickel, to find and release restrictions in the connective tissue that may be disrupting the CranioSacral system, which allows for improved function of the central nervous system, and the body as a whole.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST helps the body return to balanced motion and normal function. It is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

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