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What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?

     Every person has experienced situations in their life that can create physical and/or emotional restrictions in the body. These can include the birth process, taking a hit on the high school football field, car accidents, the loss of a loved one or just daily stress. Restrictions created by each of these incidents in and of itself may not cause symptoms for you. However, the accumulation of these restrictions over time can reduce your body's ability to maintain the status quo without symptoms. You may have pain, less resiliency to illness, or decreased ability to maintain a state of emotional balance.

     Craniosacral therapy is a manual therapy that supports your body's self healing abilities. Surrounding your brain and spinal cord is a system of bones, membranes and fluid called the craniosacral system. It provides structure, functional support and protection for your central nervous system. The bones provide structure and protection.  The membranes line the bones and create a waterproof, tadpole shaped sac around the brain and spinal cord. This sac contains the cerebrospinal fluid that lubricates, cushions, feeds and detoxifies the central nervous system.  Together, they provide the environment that supports your nervous system operating effectively. When there are restrictions between the bones and in the membranes, impaired function and pain can result. Using light touch, the therapist gently helps your body remove those restrictions so that you feel better and function better. 

What Conditions Can Craniosacral Therapy Help?

     Craniosacral Therapy has a profound impact on the nervous system, both the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. It facilitaties changes in the fascial system which connects every part of the body.  By supporting self-healing and changes in these systems of the body, many conditions can be addressed and supported. Because Craniosacral therapy is so gentle, people of all ages can benefit from it. CST can have a positive impact on the following conditions:

  • Headache/Migraine

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Brain and spinal cord trauma

  • Central nervous system disorders

  • Chronic (long-term) neck and back pain

  • Fascial pain

  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

  • Motor-coordination impairments

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Scoliosis

  • TMJ disorder

  • Joint pain

  • Breastfeeding difficulties

  • Colic

  • Developmental delays


  • Dyslexia

  • Autism

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Plagiocephaly

  • Torticollis

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Concussion

  • Digestive Issues

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SomatoEmotional Release (SER)

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a manual therapy process developed by Dr. John Upledger that is a natural extension of CST. It helps rid the body of the residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences. As human beings, we hold our experiences in our tissues. These "holdings" can lead to tissue restrictions int he body and require an increased energy expenditure leading to fatigue, pain and other physical symptoms.


The goal of SER is to provide a comfortable holistic mind-body approach to the resolution of problems and obstacles related to client healing and growth. Therapists trained in this modality use dialogue and imagery to support a client in gaining a felt sense of how they hold their experience in their body and then to shift that holding to a healthier state.  

How CST Helps with Pregnancy

A woman's body is amazing in its ability to conceive, incubate, and deliver a new human being. However, pregnancy does create challenges both physically and emotionally as her body adapts to the increasing demands placed upon it. Baby also is developing/growing at the greatest rate that it will throughout its life which also brings challenges.


Craniosacral therapy is one of the few modalities available that can facilitate increased comfort for both mom and baby during all these changes. It helps them both prepare for birth. It facilitates increased bonding between mom and baby, allowing communication between them on a deep level. Learning to communicate at this level during pregnancy empowers them to have an optimal pregnancy/delivery and it enhances their relationship in communication for the rest of their lives. 

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Meet the Team

Kim, Janelle, and Jenny are happy to be your team at MuscleWorks in Farmington providing CST.

We are committed to providing optimal support for our clients in their healing process. We have complementary schedules to meet each client's needs. Clients can work with any or all of the CST team.


1) Lewit K. The needle effect in the relief of myofascial pain. Pain. 1979;6(1):83–90.


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