Sarah Woodard, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapy was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as an offshoot of Osteopathy. Two great thinkers, one in the late 19th century, the other in the early 20th century, used their "thinking fingers" to delve the mysteries of Cranial Osteopathy. Each was an Osteopathic physician and a meta physician.
A.T. Still and William Sutherland expanded their training as Osteopaths by developing profound appreciation for the structures and functions of the fluid systems in the body. Intrigued by the shapes of the cranial bones, A.T. Still deeply considered the function of these bones and their movements effect on overall health.
A generation later, William Sutherland challenged existing medical models to proclaim his findings on inherent cranial movement, and the benefits of manipulating the CranioSacral system. Several more generations of truly inspired Osteopaths have developed explicit protocol, and rigorous training schools to put CranioSacral Therapy into the conditioned hands of many sensitive laypersons.
In the United States, Dr. John Upledger has done more than any single individual to train practitioners and to bring CranioSacral Therapy into the alternative health arena. The Upledger Institute, has both training courses and a clinic. The scale of the Institute's treatment and training classes, is unparalleled by other schools, with many thousands of students and patients benefiting from Dr. Upledger's insightful instruction in this healing modality.
Today, there are several major schools and "styles" of CST in the United States and Europe. CranioSacral Therapy is a complete protocol in its own right, and also blends well with other therapeutic forms. It can be used in conjunction with massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and many more alternative health treatments, with beneficial results.