What is CranioSacral?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger . CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the body system called the craniosacral system which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Every day we endure stress that strains the body and then is held in the body tissues. Over time, stressed tissues start to tighten, affecting the brain and spinal cord. Using a light touch, practitioners manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium, the spine and the pelvis, with the  goal of releasing any restrictions and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. By giving movement to the central nervous system, CranioSacral releases the tensions to allow the body to relax and self-correct.  This in turn influences the health and well-being of the soft tissues and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord, positively influencing nearly every other system in the body. Over time, this process can improve health and performance of the mind and body, lessening pain and stress, while strengthening the body’s resistance to health concerns.  With the exceptions of brain hemorrhage, skull or spine fractures, CranioSacral has few contraindications for a normally healthy adult and is safe for most people.

I encourage you to take a moment to try something that may surprise you and leave you with a feeling of floating free in your body.

Emily Bittner studied three years in Maui learning the Art of Lomi Lomi, Back Walking, Pregnancy, and Hooponopono Work- the ancient practice of forgiveness.   In the Bay Area Emily attended McKinnon Institute for Deep Tissue, Swedish, Acupressure,  Shiatsu massage and has also completed 4 years of training in CranioSacral from the Upledger Institute. She is a trained Yoga Instructor and loves to approach healing in a holistic way.