Frequently asked questions about CFT



What is the Craniosacral Fascial System?

The Craniosacral Fascial System originates in the body's core around the brain and spinal cord, and extends through the fascial web. Fascia is the body’s connective tissue. It is an all-encompassing web found throughout the body that structurally supports and protects the entire body as a whole. It is a transport system that helps nourish and detoxify the body. A healthy system allows for the free flow of cerebrospinal fluid from the brain, down the spine and into the fascia. 

What is Craniosacral Fascial Therapy?

Craniosacral Fascial Therapy is the work of Dr. Barry Gillespie. It originated from the cranial osteopathic principles of Dr. William Sutherland, the myofascial release work of John Barnes, P.T., and Dr. Gillespie's background as a periodontist. It is based on Gillespie's theory that the craniosacral and fascial systems are not separate but one interconnected system.

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What is the Brain Cycle?

The brain has an inherent motion that expands and contracts. This motion is called The Brain Cycle. This movement encourages cerebrospinal fluid to flow from the brain down the spine into the fascia of the body. It helps nourish the body and cleanse toxins. Any restrictions to this motion can greatly effect our health and well being, The Brain Cycle is an effective assessment tool to determine tightness in the system. CFT is a treatment designed to gently release and unwind accumulated fascial strain. When the craniosacral fascial system is moving easily, it allows for the flow of fluid which supports optimal brain and body function. 


What causes tightness to the craniosacral fascial system?

Traumas may begin in utero followed by birth trauma. We then accumulate various physical and emotional traumas throughout life. These layers of trauma can cause tightness in the craniosacral fascial web. This may result in a restricted brain motion which correlates highly with symptoms. Some examples of trauma include: Difficult Birth, Concussion, Surgery, Vaccination Shots, Auto Accidents, Dental/Orthodontics, Falls, Emotional Trauma

Craniosacral Fascial Therapy may help resolve or lessen symptoms by addressing the tightness of the fascia.

What is a treatment like?

The treatment consists of a gentle touch to release tightness and toxins. You lay on the table fully clothed. At times, you may feel some stretching or there may be a more active "unwind" motion.

What conditions benefit from CFT?

CFT is appropriate for all ages and may benefit a variety of conditions. 



  • Birth trauma

  • Tongue tie/Lip tie

  • Torticollis

  • Reflux

  • Colic

  • Inability to latch

  • Difficulty sucking

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Constipation

  • Head asymmetry

  • Earache

  • General fussiness


  • Asthma

  • Earache

  • Concussion


  • Learning disorders

  • Sinus conditions

  • Anxiety

  • Neck pain

  • Digestive Issues

  • Bedwetting

  • Headache

  • Scoliosis


  • Headache/Migraine

  • Concussion

  • TMJ

  • Back/Neck pain

  • Digestive Issues

  • Hip pain

  • Sinus conditions

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Poor range of motion

  • Whiplash

  • Scars