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CranioSacral Therapy

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CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch manual therapy that focuses on releasing tensions and imbalances within the body and correcting the flow of cerebral spinal fluid within the head and spinal column. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. It is also thought to help restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves. 

Motion is life and freedom of motion is especially important when it is concerning the deep tissues and fluid that surround, protect, and nourish the brain and spinal cord.  Because of this, CST can have profound healing and regulating effects on the Central Nervous System. However, the benefits of CST are not limited to the head and spinal column. It can be used anywhere in the body to release tensions and imbalances, thereby normalizing function, and relieving pain. CST is extremely gentle, so individuals of all ages can benefit from it safely. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, CST may help relieve:


  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Autism

  • Brain and spinal cord trauma

  • Central nervous system disorders

  • Chronic (long-term) neck and back pain

  • Dyslexia

  • Fascial pain

  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

  • Learning disabilities

  • Migraines and headaches

  • Motor-coordination impairments

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD

  • Scoliosis

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction - TMJD


CST may also be part of your treatment for conditions like:

  • Trauma recovery, including trauma from whiplash

  • Mood disorders like anxiety and depression

  • Disturbed sleep cycles and insomnia

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS

  • Constipation

  • Difficult pregnancies



Procedure and Technique

When you arrive for your appointment, your practitioner will ask you about your symptoms and any preexisting conditions that you have.

You will remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Your session will last 55 min, and you will begin by lying down on your back on a therapy table. The practitioner will evaluate you to determine where to begin. This may be at your head, feet, or near the middle of your body.


Using five grams of pressure (which is about the weight of a nickel), the provider will gently hold your feet, head, or sacrum to assess their subtle rhythms. If determined necessary, the provider may gently press or reposition you to normalize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids or use tissue-release methods while supporting one of your limbs.


During the treatment, some people experience different sensations. These may include:

  • feeling deep relaxation

  • falling asleep, and later recalling memories or seeing colors

  • sensing pulsations

  • having a “pins and needles” (numbing) sensation

  • having a hot or cold sensation


Dr. Hanner is currently taking new patients for CranioSacral Therapy & Somatic Experiencing.

Call the office at 864-225-0792 to schedule a session & EXPERIENCE THE PEACE!

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