Craniosacral therapy is a unique approach to bodywork that seeks to relieve pressure in and around the central nervous system. Adding this healing modality as a service offering can help massage therapists serve a wider range of clients. HICI Go offers continuing education courses in the techniques and theory of craniosacral massage.
HICI Go is an online center that provides a diverse catalog of health and beauty courses online for people in Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, or anywhere else in the U.S. We also offer in-person courses in Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Texas through our partner institutions. Learners throughout the United States can take advantage of in-person and virtual massage courses through HICI Go.
What Is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) was developed in the 1970s by John Upledger, an osteopath and professor. Upledger theorized that the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, known as the craniosacral system, heavily influenced the body’s central nervous system. He developed CST as a method of evaluating and helping regulate this system using light touches to release restrictions.
The goal of this type of therapy is to improve the functioning of the body’s internal systems and facilitate its natural healing processes. Also referred to as cranial sacral therapy, CST can be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with other types of massage therapy and bodywork.
CST sessions may range from 30 minutes to an hour. The client can remain fully clothed throughout the appointment. At the beginning of the session, the massage therapist will go over any concerns or problem areas the client has. Usually, the client will lie down on their back on a treatment table while the therapist applies gentle pressure to different points on the head, neck, and spine. Many patients report a deep feeling of relaxation during CST. The therapist also may use lighting, music, or aromatherapy in the treatment room to help create a more calming environment.
Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy
CST can be used on adults, children, and even infants. By restoring the natural position of the cranium, spine, and sacrum, CST may help ease muscle tension and reduce chronic pain. Gentle manipulation of the tissues in and around the craniosacral system can support the healthy flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is responsible for:
- Protecting the brain and spinal cord from a sudden injury or impact
- Regulating blood flow
- Removing waste products from the brain
Practitioners believe regulating the central nervous system through CST can offer symptom relief from a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions. CST massage techniques have been used to treat issues such as:
- Chronic fatigue
- Lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Stress and anxiety
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Tension headaches and migraines
When practiced on babies, CST may help reduce ailments such as colic and teething pain.
There is an exceptionally low risk of side effects associated with CST. However, this type of therapy may not be appropriate for certain individuals, especially people with issues such as traumatic brain injury or cerebral swelling.
Massage Continuing Education
In many states, massage therapists must complete continuing education requirements annually to maintain their licenses. HICI Go is pleased to offer a wide range of courses for massage practitioners. We offer both online and in-person courses in partnership with Cortiva Institute and Hollywood Institute. Both partner institutions are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Online learners can choose to register for live webinars or pre-recorded video courses. Continuing education unit (CEU) requirements vary by location, so be sure to check with your state’s licensing agency if you have questions.
In addition to massage therapy techniques, HICI Go offers courses in:
- Hair care and barbering
While HICI Go’s courses are designed to support the needs of practicing professionals in cosmetology and massage therapy, registration is open to all. If you’re considering a career path in bodywork, are a current massage therapy student, or just want to learn more about different healing techniques, you can sign up for a course with HICI Go. Additionally, any student who participates in a live course at Cortiva Institute or Hollywood Institute will be signed up for an account with HICI Go to access all online course content.
Take the Next Step
Are you ready to dive in? At HICI Go, our user-friendly platform makes it easy to find the courses that suit your needs. In-person instruction is available at our partner campuses in Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Learners throughout the U.S. can choose from a host of online courses. For more information on massage therapy education with HICI Go or to sign up for a course, contact us today.