In normal situation, patient may not feel anything during the treatment while about 30-40% of patient will feel something in the body, such as numbness of some body part or relxation of the painful area. However, if heavy effort is needed in some situations, patient may feel some pain before the relaxation occurs. Most of the patient will feel whole body relaxation during the treatment, some may even fall asleep in the session. But there is no absolute relationship between the treatment effect and the feeling you feel during the session. Most of the treatment effect will not shown up until a few days later.
The intensity and duration of one's pain or illness will have an effect on how much you feel during or after a craniosacral therapy session. If the problem has been long-term and one has learned to cope and accommodate the problem in their life, there can be layers of adaptation the body will create to allow one to continue living their life. For some clients, they may not notice much in the first few sessions, even though effects of the treatment are taking place within.
Some of you may feel very sore and tired after a session and can last for 2-3 days, this is a sign of recovery, and it is very common after the first few craniosacral sessions. While your body is healing up after the session, they produce lots of metabolic wastes and this is why you feel very sore and tired. The situation is somewhat similar to the soreness after an exhausted exercise. The soreness and tired feeling usually will fade out in 2-3 days since the wastes have been excreted through urine, and you will feel better about your initial complain. Please drink more water and take enough rest when you feel sore after the session, you will be alright after 2-3 days.
CST is accumulative in nature, meaning that each session builds upon the previous session. Some clients notice considerable pain relief or freedom of motion in a few sessions, but for others with chronic ailments, weekly sessions may be required for quite some time. Much is dependent upon how long a problem or injury has persisted in the body, the overall general vitality of the person, the lifestyle and habits of the person, etc.
To sum up, craniosacral therapy is a hands-on therapy that aims at working with the client's natural rhythm and pace. The therapy is organic and respectful and does not create guarding in the client. In CST, the therapist's aim is to help the body find the origin of the problem and encourage that area to release and "wake- up" the process of healing throughout the entire body.