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  • Aug 19, 2010
My brother is a long time massage therapist and is experienced in CST. He felt the book has a lot of good information, but that there was more than the layman can easily digest.

I agree. While the book is well written and there are excellent illustrations sprinkled throughout it's pages to illustrate the concepts, it is more of a textbook than an "self help" type of book. Bodyworkers will find a lot to sink their teeth into here, but for the average Joe, this book is overload. I give it 5 stars for the massage/ CST therapist or other bodywork technician that is looking to learn about cranial sacral therapy. For the casual reader I give it a 2 or 3 for approachability and understandability. Rounded off, it gets 4 stars.

There is A LOT of useful information in this book if you are the right audience. However, I don't fee that most potential readers fall fully into that audience. It is more textbook for the bodyworker than anything else, so if you are one - enjoy! Otherwise, you might be better off checking out CranioSacral Therapy: What It Is, How It Works. Sections on how to market yourself as a CS therapist seem tagged on, but they are also useful to consider, especially in today's economy. The section on joint therapy was something I found personally interesting, though there wasn't as much in depth discussion about it as there was for the CST.
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Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled CranioSacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, Physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and occupational therapists. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which they say allows them to tune into what they call the craniosacral rhythm. The practitioner gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Several studies have reported that there is little scientific support for major elements of the underlying theoretical model, which has not been rigorously analyzed.


Cranial Osteopathy was originated by physician William Sutherland, DO (1873-1954) in 1898-1900. While looking at a disarticulated skull, Sutherland was struck by the idea that the cranial sutures of the temporal bones where they meet the parietal bones were "beveled, like the gills of a fish, indicating articular mobility for a respiratory mechanism." The idea that the bones of the skull can move in this...

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