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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST) doesn’t look like much: light holding of the skull and sacrum and some barely detectable manipulations. Indeed, the action of craniosacral therapy is so gentle and slight that it is the best example of the so-called “subtle” manual therapies, which claim to achieve profound health benefits with minor and safe hands-on tinkering. Practitioners believe that the tiny manipulations of CST affect the pressure and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord.

The modern founder of CST, John Upledger, an osteopath, is one of the most famous personalities in complementary and alternative medicine. He built on much older ideas. Mr. Upledger says that CST “works with natural and unique rhythms of our different body systems to pinpoint and correct source problems.”