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A Brief History of CST:


CST has been developed by Dr. John Upledger, an American osteopath and physician,

since the mid 70's.

He adopted Dr. William Garner Sutherland and Andrew Taylor Still approaches that sought the cranial bones to never fuse completely as they are key to accommodate the physiological rhythm (known as CSR) of our CranioSacral System that protects and nourishes our Central Nervous System composed by the brain (and its cranial nerves) and the spinal chord (and its spinal nerves).


Dr. Upledger started to combine his research with some notions deriving from Chinese Medicine,

in particular the knowledge of meridians and acupuncture and the idea that the Fascia, our connective tissue, is not only connecting all the different tissues and systems of our body but it is also the tissue that carries the electric information back and forth to the Central Nervous System for a balanced and healthy functioning of our body as a whole unit.


As a result of his research and practice, he established the field of CranioSacral Therapy.

He developed the training curriculum in CST for osteopaths, medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of Oriental Medicine, naturopathic physicians, psychiatric specialists, psychologists, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professional bodyworkers.

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Dr. John E. Upledger

D.O., O.M.M.

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