Cranio-Sacral Therapy: Gently Release and Let Go of Discomfort

Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the physiological body system called the Cranio-Sacral system.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy releases deep tension, quiets the central nervous system, and creates a peaceful still point. Clients lay fully clothed on a massage table as the practitioner works on balancing the Cranio-Sacral rhythm. Using a soft touch, generally about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the Cranio-Sacral system to improve central nervous system functioning. 

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST 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 anxiety, fibromyalgia, TMJ and headaches.

This facilitates a deep state of relaxation, allowing gentle restorative healing rest for body and mind. As the central nervous system calms, the body sinks into “body quiet.”

What conditions does Cranio-Sacral Therapy address?

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Stress and tension-related disorders
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • Infant and childhood disorders including Autism
  • Brain and spinal cord Injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Scoliosis
  • Orthopedic problems


This type of therapy [cranio-sacral] helps her physically and mentally.

I have brought my girls to the Center for Healing Therapies for cranio-sacral massage several times over the years. When I asked my older daughter how she would describe her experience with cranio-sacral she said, "Its like all my anxiety leaves my body. When my appointment is over I can actually relax." Middle school has been very difficult for my children, one of whom has anxiety and depression. This type of therapy helps her physically and mentally. I can visibly see a difference in her face and how she holds herself when we leave the center. It is so important to me that my children know to listen to their bodies and learn relaxation techniques as part of their overall health.

- Liz R, Old Lyme, CT

I highly recommend Nileen. She is wonderful, patient and understanding.

I came to healing therapies for a few different reasons. One of them being cranio-sacral for my son who suffers from anxiety and ADHA. I didn’t want to put him on Ritalin again for the school year, so I decided to take him to cranio-sacral therapy in hopes that this would help him. After a couple of sessions, I have noticed a difference in my son's anxiety as well as focus. He is doing much better and has been off the prescription meds for ADHA for the school year.

- Brandi R., Uncasville, CT