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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) as developed by John Upledger, DO, is a light-touch form of body therapy in which the therapist gently facilitates releasing restrictions within the cranium and sacrum and along the spinal column to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. Restrictions can develop in the body through birth traumas, falls, injuries, scarring, emotional traumas, muscle tension, dental procedures, reactions to prolonged stress, etc. Releasing such tensions frees up restricted muscles and energy, opening up the channels of the central nervous system (the body's communication system) and enabling the body to function and flow as intended.

If one were to compare the spinal column and its contained spinal fluid to a stream, applying Craniosacral Therapy would be like removing dams and accumulated debris to allow the stream to flow unimpeded.

A client, fully clothed, lies on a massage table, usually face up, while the therapist places his/her hands gently and with barely imperceptible pressure, around the sacrum, along the spinal column, and/or at the skull, creating the opportunity for the skeletal-muscular systems to balance and align.

Somato-Emotional Release (SER)

Somato-Emotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands upon the principles of Craniosacral Therapy to incorporate the mind and emotions in conjunction with the body to help release residual effects of physical or emotional trauma.

CST and SER are beneficial for relief from migraines; chronic neck and back pain; TMJ dysfunction; chronic fatigue; emotional difficulties; stress- and tension-related problems; post-surgical conditions; post-dental procedures; and physical and emotional traumas that can disrupt the body's alignment. Please also refer to

For more information or to schedule a session please email Georgia LaCroix at
or call (703) 352-8535 [Ext. 3].