Craniosacral Therapy

For more information about our Craniosacral Therapy provider : Sarah Peters LMP

“One is reminded of the old fable of the North Wind and the Sun attempting to remove the man’s overcoat. The blustering gale only made him wrap it more tightly around his body, but the gentle warmth of the sun soon effected the desired result.” – Dr. Magoun in regards to craniosacral therapy


In the early 1900’s osteopathic doctor William Sutherland was studying the sutures of the skull. While Dr. Sutherland had been taught that these sutures were fused and therefore immobile, he could not help but notice that some of them seemed “beveled like the gills of a fish for primary respiration”. Further study of these sutures came to prove that these bones did indeed move, and that the smallest difference in their position or movement could have a huge affect on the body due to their placement around the brain and influence on the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. In this way CST works directly with the central nervous system.

Craniosacral therapy requires a very light touch, as the movements of the cranial structures are minute and easily missed by applying too much pressure. This light touch is also necessary for feeling the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid as it moves up and down the body. Intently listening to these slight movements also allows multiple tissues to be addressed rather then just focusing on muscles, bones or fascia.


Craniosacral therapy is all about listening to the body and encouraging it to recognize and change patterns that are causing dysfunction. When tissues are forced, they tend to comply for awhile, but go back to their old patterns fairly quickly. However when the body is encouraged and allowed to make its own changes, these changes tend to be lasting as new, healthier patterns emerge. This is accomplished by deeply listening to the body through the minute movements of the cranial bones and other structures.

Part of the foundation of craniosacral therapy is the belief that there is wisdom in the body, and that all dysfunction is actually a sign of a healthy body trying to protect itself. This wisdom knows exactly what needs to be done in order to move towards healing, whether from physical or emotional injury. By deeply listening to my client’s body and focusing on this health in them I am guided in my work to respond to each person and situation uniquely. This deep listening, being truly present with another person and trusting the health in them is very different approach then what we are accustomed to.


Craniosacral therapy has amazing results treating a wide range of ailments, both emotional and physical. Just a few examples include:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • TMJ syndrome and dysfunction
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Joint and muscle pain and dysfunction
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Whiplash
  • Brain or head injuries
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

For more information about our Craniosacral Therapy provider : Sarah Peters LMP