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5 Ways CranioSacral Therapy Helps to Alleviate Illness and Chronic Diseaseby Marian Roper BScN (Nursing), MCS (Master Communication Studies)

1.   CranioSacral therapy (CST) works by increasing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This clear liquid is a natural fluid that is found around the spine and brain dictating mechanical and immunological security inside of our skull to regulate blood flow. Blood flow removes pollutants and allows balanced circulation.

As we grow older, our bodies produce less CSF putting us at increased risk for aging and health complications. Upledger’s “Still Point Technique” counteracts these issues by eradicating toxins and improving brain function.

2.   CST lowers sympathetic tone (‘fright, fight, freeze’ response = increased cortisol levels), which rises too high in response to stress.

Lack of sleep and toxin build-up is just two of the side-effects that can come from high sympathetic tone. CST aids in reducing our sympathetic tone, encouraging the body to get a full night’s sleep while removing unwanted and unhealthy bacteria.

  1. 3.   CST reduces inflammation throughout the body and brain.

Inflammation of brain tissues contributes to Alzheimer’s and dementia and inflammation in body tissues leads to chronic diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, pain, mobility issues plus much more. CST counteracts these issues. Stress, poor eating habits and other life factors can also increase inflammation in the body, including in the brain. CST can assist the immune system, reinforcing its defense systems and ultimately lowering inflammation.

  1. 4.   CST facilitates recovery from brain trauma and concussions, whiplash and other traumas that are stored and can affect all parts of the body.

There are startling similarities in brain scans of individuals with concussions and those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Concussions are commonly seen in professional NFL players. Ricky Williams, a well-known football athlete, has testified on the value of CST in his concussion treatment and recovery. As I saw these results, I thought to myself, If CST can work for a competitor in high-intensity sport settings; maybe CST would work for the 5.4 million patients currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

  1. 5.   CST aids with overall memory and brain function improvements.

As people age, many have decreased abilities to retain memory and/or to recollect on specific information. CST helps in the overall movement of bodily fluid required for optimal brain function. Blood, CSF and interstitial fluid all support our brain’s ability to perform correctly. When these factors are lacking, the brain receives less oxygen, causing it to overexert and causing processes such as memory retention to decline.


Source: Michael Moore in

Self-Care Support Following Advanced CranioSacral Therapy Sessions

with Marian Roper BScN(Nursing), MCS(Master Communication Studies), AdvCST


What’s interesting and very exciting about my Advanced CranioSacral Therapy (CST) sessions, is that the goal of each session is to support your body to restore health. How this differs from therapeutic sessions in other modalities, is that, rather than focusing on an injury, or problem, a whole body approach is utilized. As well, restoration of your health is the goal. We want to do more than help you cope with the injury, or teach you to work with it.


What this means is that you could experience changes in areas of the body that were not touched by my hands, but are connected by fascial/connective tissue, and these changes could continue to occur over several days post-session. In short, your body is literally working with us, to “take-out”, or remove the trauma and injuries, be they physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.


The process can be likened to the removal of slivers; hence you may experience brief twinges of “old” pain and/or memories as they leave the body.


What to do to support your body as it integrates the changes? 

I always say “don’t go home and paint the barn” –

  • Try to be kind and gentle with yourself, for at least a few hours;
  • Expect the unexpectedbe curious, as the body makes it’s adjustments, see if you remember when you had that last twinge, or injury as it leaves the body – in a very brief snapshot of the past;
  • Nearly everyone tells me they feels relaxed, and “lighter” post session;
  • Some are tired, and some are energized – no 2 bodies are the same, and no 2 injuries occurred in the same manner….ever!


Formula for Supporting Health 

  • Toxins out: included in CST process to normalize the body;
  • Nutrients in: basic rule…remember the body stores what it doesn’t recognize…keep your life choices, be they food, air, thoughts, images simple, natural, and supportive of well-being;
  • Voltage (Electricity up) – as a rule of thumb, if cells are TOILing they are:
    • Toxic, Oxidized, Inflamed and Lacking in nutrients/energy. 

Seven Principles of Health 

  1. Fresh Air
  2. Water
  3. Sunshine
  4. Exercise
  5. Trust in Nature
  6. Relationships
  7. Passion 


Please feel free to call, or email me with your post-session questions and comments. I have many more ideas to rebuild health. After all, I have found my own health and well-being following devastating illnesses, and injuries. I really do know that the body can rebuild itself with the right support. I am here to support you.


Marian Roper BScN (Nursing), MCS (Master Communication Studies), AdvCST

Phone: 250-722-7015 or email:



Visceral Manipulation


How Does Visceral Manipulation Help You?


Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.




Lymphatic Drainage 



Lymphatic Drainage, as developed by Dr Bruno Chikly, is a type of gentle massage that is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.