What is Craniosacral Therapy in Water?

Gentle yet effective approach for pain, dysfunction & trauma healing

Craniosacral Therapy in Water is a gentle aquatic therapy technique that evaluate and enhance the function of the Craniosacral system. Craniosacral therapy deals with the bones of the head, spinal column, sacrum and the underlying structures. This type of therapy employs a very light touch and uses specifically designed techniques to release restrictions and compression in these areas. It detects and corrects motor, sensitive and neurological dysfunctions that are creating an unbalanced Craniosacral System.

Applying Craniosacral Therapy in Water multiplies its therapeutic effects in this state of in-gravity where hydrostatic pressure awakes corrective movement in the body. Understanding the body as an interrelated whole, where more tangible areas coexist with the more subtle, the Facilitator finds a space for self-knowledge. These bases provide the therapeutic frame where, wrapped by the support of the water, healing process is possible.

About the Craniosacral System?

The Craniosacral System is the physical environment in which the brain, nervous system, spinal cord, and fascial system develop and function. The membranes and cerebrospinal fluid of the Craniosacral System surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and contributes to body biomechanical behavior.

  • Improving quality of life
  • Increasing sense of relaxation
  • Better managing specific disease symptoms
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving immune system, lymphatic and endocrine function
  • Improving nervous, vascular, musculoskeletal, and respiratory systems
  • Improving psychological issues
  • Reducing effects of past trauma
  • Improving sense of well-being
  • promoting recovery from accidents or diseases
  • Improving range of motion
  • Relieving pain

CST Precautions & Contraindications

The CST practitioner works with very subtle pressure changes within the central nervous system. As a result, any condition that would be made worse by increasing the amount of pressure on the brain or spinal cord would be contraindicated, including:

  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Acute aneurysm
  • Brain cancer or tumor
  • Any condition that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes

Precautions & Contraindications of Aquatic Therapy:


Alcohol and smoking are prohibited during activities.

There are several precautions you need to consider before participating the thermal aquatic bodywork:

  • confusion or disorientation
  • after ingestion of alcoholic beverages
  • under the influence of narcotic
  • medications
  • respiratory problems
  • hypertension
  • medical condition affecting the spine
  • spinal disc herniation (slipped disc)
  • pregnancy
  • limited strength, endurance, balance, or range of motion


You can not participate if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • incontinence diarrhea, bowel/bladder incontinence
  • vomiting (emesis)
  • seizure (epilepsy) disorders
  • open wounds or non-healing ulcers
  • contagious skin condition
  • herpes
  • high fever
  • HIV
  • hepatitis C
  • infectious diseases
  • ear infection (otitis)
  • urinary infections
  • perforated eardrum
  • eye infection
  • heart disease (abnormal heart function), cardiac failure
  • blood pressure disorder (untreated)
  • pregnancy (after the 17th week, with your physician approval)
  • chemotherapy and radiation therapy (after the 3rd month)
  • allergies or sensitivities to pool chemicals
  • excessive fear of water
  • colostomy bag/catheter use by patient

Craniosacral Therapy is Effective for a Wide Range of Health Conditions

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, Craniosacral Therapy in Water is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine headaches.
  • Chronic neck and back pain.
  • Motor-coordination impairments.
  • Colic.
  • Autism.
  • Central nervous system disorders.
  • Orthopedic problems.
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Infantile disorders.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Emotional difficulties.
  • Stress and tension-related problems.
  • Fibromyalgia and other connective-tissue disorders.
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
  • Neurovascular or immune disorders.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Post-surgical dysfunction.

Craniosacral Therapy in Water is based on the three osteopathic principles: unity and self heal ability of the body, and reciprocity between structure and function.

Craniosacral Therapy taps into the inherent wisdom of the body by a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body.

  • Craniosacral Therapy practitioner use a very light, soft touch to monitor this rhythm and pinpoint sources of obstruction and stress in the body.
  • Once the source of stress or obstruction is located, the therapist will assist the natural movement and release of the restriction to help the body self correct.

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