Craniosacral Therapy

The Upledger approach to Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system – the physiological body system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Distortions in this system can result in a wide range of sensory, motor or neurological difficulties.

“In my thirty plus years of practicing massage therapy and bodywork, craniosacral therapy is the most effective and widely applicable healing method that I have come across.” – Randall Gibson, M.Ed., LMT

You can find a practitioner near you by visiting the International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners.

How it Works

Craniosacral therapy is a way of gently encouraging tissues and structures to move freely in normal, healthy patterns. The intervention is through very light touch involving only about five grams of pressure (the weight of a nickel). This triggers the body’s self correcting mechanism and movement distortions are safely resolved.

By working with the nervous system and connective tissue network through craniosacral therapy, a practitioner can address restrictions and dysfunctions anywhere in the body!

Many different problems can be successfully corrected with this work. The depth of the craniosacral experience also facilitates emotional healing and transformation. Clients often come back for the deep relaxation and “altered state” experience when they don’t have any physical problem. They use it for preventive medicine or inner healing.

Craniosacral Research


Among the medical conditions for which Craniosacral Therapy has been shown to be effective are:

  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunctions
  • Scoliosis
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
The following book is an excellent introduction to craniosacral work. Click on the title to buy it from Amazon.

by John Upledger

Individual Classes

Randall W. Gibson is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. (Provider #325713-00)