Various forms of massage therapy and bodywork are generally touted for being noninvasive. But within the realm of touch therapy, there is one modality that may be best known for its ability to bring about a wide range of healing benefits through an incredibly light touch. This form of manual therapy is called CranioSacral Therapy, and it is one of the most gentle approaches to hands-on healing.

As a professional practitioner, you may already be quite familiar with CranioSacral Therapy, but there are people who are still somewhat confused by what CranioSacral Therapy is and how it is used in the professional setting of a touch therapy clinic. Here, we will offer a brief look at the basics of CranioSacral Therapy, for a better understanding of this powerful technique.

One of the most important aspects of CranioSacral Therapy is the fact that this modality uses such a light touch—usually no greater than about 5 grams, or the weight of a nickel. This certainly sets CranioSacral Therapy apart from other, more physically intense forms of bodywork. Even though most forms of touch therapy are considered noninvasive, it is clear why CranioSacral Therapy is considered one of the least invasive of them all.

Using this ultra light touch, practitioners of CranioSacral Therapy aim to release any restrictions in the soft tissues that specifically surround the central nervous system. According to experts, the central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord—has a significant influence on the body’s overall wellness and function.

Surrounding and encasing the brain and spinal cord is the craniosacral system, which obviously plays a key role in the health of the central nervous system. With CranioSacral Therapy, the professional practitioner is looking to detect and correct any nearby areas of soft-tissue restriction that may be pressing on and possibly hindering the proper function of the craniosacral system and, in turn, the central nervous system.

The restrictions that CranioSacral Therapy alleviates are typically caused by the same factors that cause muscle tightness and dysfunction in any other area of the body: the everyday physical and mental stressors that we all encounter in life. However, when these restrictions impinge on the proper flow and function of the craniosacral system, CranioSacral Therapy is the technique created specifically to restore optimal function to the central nervous system.

A major benefit of CranioSacral Therapy, according to leading practitioners of this light touch technique, is that once the environment around the brain and spinal cord has been restored to its best possible function via CranioSacral Therapy, the body itself is better able to heal and self-correct all kinds of issues, from persistent fatigue and motor-coordination impairment to post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic physical pain.

With a better understanding of CranioSacral Therapy, it is easy to see why this specialized technique appeals to such a wide variety of touch therapists, medical professionals and clients. With an ultra-light touch, CranioSacral Therapy can affect big changes in the body’s ability to heal and function optimally.