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Exploring stress relief through craniosacral therapy

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Hands doing craniosacral therapy for stress relief on adult female's head.

Many people turn to craniosacral therapy (CST) to find relief from physical conditions such as headaches or chronic pain. They’re often surprised at the profound relaxation they experience and end up coming back because CST is helping to alleviate their stress and anxiety.

Along with relieving physical symptoms, CST can bring about a sense of peace in a world where busyness, worry, and anxiety seem to be the norm.

Can craniosacral therapy be your pathway to the stress relief your body, mind, and spirit desperately need? Let’s take a closer look at CST.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Illustration of body with brain and spinal cord highlighted.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) focuses on the craniosacral system, which goes from the skull down the spine to the sacrum. CST practitioners use a light touch to assess, and correct as necessary, the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

This fluid plays an important role in keeping the nervous system functioning and healthy. It provides cushioning, nutrient transport, and waste removal for the brain and spinal cord.

When the flow is blocked or there is not enough fluid, your body pays the price. Using gentle manipulations, the CST practitioner enhances the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which calms your nervous system and puts your body on a path to healing.

The byproduct is a sense of deep relaxation that refreshes your mind and body, allowing you to release physical and emotional stress, think more clearly, and concentrate better.

What conditions can CST treat?

Along with providing an overall sense of peace and relaxation, CST may be beneficial as part of a functional medicine approach to a wide range of health issues. These include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica and low back pain
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and teeth grinding
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Dizziness and tinnitus
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Poor sleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression and anxiety

How can CST help with stress?

The deep relaxation experienced during a CST session may reduce stress hormones and promote a sense of calm. Treatments also bring balance to the nervous system – quieting the “fight or flight” response while stimulating the part of the nervous system that’s responsible for relaxation and digestion.

CST may also help release tension associated with past trauma or long-term stressors. It’s a mind-body practice that puts you in touch with your ability to handle stress before it does any damage.

Why is stress relief important?

We all feel stress on a daily basis, but experiencing it over the long-term can:

  • Weaken your immune system
  • Trigger gastrointestinal issues
  • Cause trouble sleeping
  • Lead to headaches
  • Bring about mood swings

Furthermore, ongoing stress may lead to depression, anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. And stress is tricky – you can become so used to it that you don’t notice how it is affecting you!

Female adult holding head in hands looking stressed.

CST at Advanced Integrative Wellness

Julie Kippins, staff and Craniosacral Massage Therapist at Advanced Integrative Wellness

AIW is fortunate to have a certified craniosacral therapist who is also an expert in stress management, right here in our Kenwood, Cincinnati office. Julie Kippins is certified in CST by the Milne Institute. She also studied at the Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Clinical Practice.

Julie is uniquely qualified to provide individualized craniosacral therapy to help with your health conditions as well as stress and anxiety. 

Call 513-614-4301 today to schedule your appointment or to set up an introductory call to speak with Julie about CST!


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