CranioSacral Therapy

Jonathan Holasek, Doctor of Acupuncture, CA, L. Ac.


CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger in the 1970’s. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. The effects of a CST session are substantial and lasting, as it subtly yet impactfully touches the very core of our physical bodies. 

The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect both the brain and spinal cord. The craniosacral system functions to protect and nourish the central nervous system (CNS). An important component of nourishing the CNS is removing cellular waste products, thereby avoiding toxic accumulation of metabolic byproducts.

The rhythm of the circulating cerebrospinal fluid is the third major rhythm of the body, separate and distinct from the cardiac and respiratory rhythms. CranioSacral practitioners use a very gentle touch, generally no greater than the weight of a nickel (5 grams), to monitor, evaluate and release restrictions in the craniosacral system. This balancing allows improved function of the CNS and complements the body’s natural healing processes. Due to this ability to bolster resistance to disease, it is increasingly used as a preventive health measure and 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

·           Post-Surgical Dysfunction

An advanced therapeutic application of CST called SomatoEmotional Release (SER) helps rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. Recognizing that the memory of physical and emotional traumas can be stored in our body tissues in the form of “energy cysts”, these energetic manifestations are located and released. This oftentimes includes the subsequent suppressed emotions that may be inhibiting full structural healing. Clearing these root causes results in a more complete and lasting healing process.

CST and SER complement and enhance other healing therapies, including acupuncture and other forms of energy and bodywork. I have seen substantial results in my practice, sometimes separately, but most often when used in conjunction with other modalities. It is another, powerful tool that, when added to the many other options available, helps provide a more integrated approach to the holistic goal of treating and healing mind, body and spirit together for our most optimal health.

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About the Author

Jonathan Holasek is a Doctor of Acupuncture with State and National Board Certification, utilizing acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapytm, and Electrotherapy. He is Director of Mountain Lakes Integrated Healthcare, a growing holistic health center. His practice focuses on pain and stress management, along with Holistic Facial Rejuvenation tm, a protocol he developed that is non-surgical and utilizes several natural integrative modalities. He is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, the New Jersey Acupuncture Association. You can reach him 973-331-0200 or at

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