Craniosacral Therapy With Emily Sturgeon, LAc

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, light touch approach to bodywork.  It focuses on the bones of the head, spine, sacrum, and its underlying structures such as Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF).  The craniosacral system produces a rhythm just like the cardiac and circulatory systems. The practitioner focuses on feeling this movement to identify the restrictions and compressions.  The main objective of this work is to find restrictions and compressions in these areas and use specifically designed techniques to release these areas.
Craniosacral Therapy has both linear and esoteric aspects.  We are dealing with a physical system using mechanical and energetic techniques to do the work. The Craniosacral Rhythm is fashioned to a presence that can be felt inside and outside the physical body, like Prana in Ayurveda or Qi in Chinese Medicine.

Craniosacral Therapy has its roots in Cranial Osteopathy developed by William Sutherland in the late 1800’s.  It was further developed and transitioned to Craniosacral Therapy through John Upleagder’s work at Michigan State University in the 1970s and 80s.  There are 3 distinct branches of CranioSacral Work that took form from Sutherland’s work. Upledger CST (cranial sacral therapy), Biodynamic, and Visionary.

Emily studied Craniosacral Therapy on her recent trip to Nepal.  She has had previous training over the years at Arizona School of Massage Therapy in 2008 and through a workshop with her teacher (Prana Gogia) in 2013. Craniosacral Therapy also relates to the Siddha Tradition that is her teacher’s lineage in India. Prana was also a student of Hugh Milne, a 3rd generation Osteopath who practices Visionary Cranial Sacral Thepary.
Craniosacral Therapy can address a number of symptoms and conditions.  The Upledger Institute lists the following conditions on their


Cranialsacral Therapy may provide relief for:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

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