Gentle hand on head during a Craniosacral Therapy Session (CST).


Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that can help to release tension, promote relaxation, and reduce pain. The goal is to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. But what is a session like? And what can you expect during your Craniosacral Therapy Session?

If you’re considering CST, here are some things you can anticipate in a session: 

  • A comfortable, relaxed setting: CST should be performed in a quiet, private setting. You will likely be lying down on a treatment table.
  • Gentle touch: During the session, the practitioner will use a light touch to assess and manipulate the bones and tissues of the body. The therapist’s hand contact is very gentle and should not be uncomfortable. 
  • Deep relaxation: Many people find Craniosacral Therapy to be deeply relaxing and may even fall asleep during the session. Tension and pain are often reduced.
  • Increased body awareness: As you relax and become more attuned to your body, you may become more aware of sensations such as warmth, tingling, or pulsing.
  • Emotional release: It is not uncommon for people to experience emotional release during or after a CST session. This can include feelings of sadness, joy, or even laughter. Most common is a feeling of calm and balance within.
  • Nothing at all: Sometimes no immediate effect is felt at all. The body is beginning to process the treatment and needs more time before they are apparent.


Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, natural way to heal from within. It can help with chronic pains such as sciatica or headaches, or emotional problems like stress, depression, or anxiety. It’s a very powerful tool in my Osteopathic Manual Therapy practice that I use daily to help my patients in their journey.

If you’re experiencing difficulties with pain, mental well-being, or another illness and want to see what Craniosacral Therapy and the Osteopathic approach can do for you, Contact us today. 


About the author:

Tim Newton

Tim Newton, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMM is a physical therapist who specializes in Osteopathic Manual Therapy to help people with pain, illness, and stress feel themselves again. His expertise is in visceral manipulation, gentle spinal manipulation, and craniosacral therapy.  He is the owner of Inspire Movement Physical Therapy in Columbia, MD.