A still point is a position used in craniosacral therapy (CST) that intentionally interrupts the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. During this brief interruption, a light pressure builds up in the system and releases any blockages that may have accumulated over time, thus enhancing cerebrospinal fluid circulation and increasing blood flow to the brain, according to John Upledger, DO, OMM, writing in "MassageToday." A still point position is beneficial for anyone suffering from headaches, stress and fatigue. Though a session with a CST therapist can become pricey, you can easily induce a still point at home with a few household items.
Consult with your health care provider before attempting self-treatment.
Place the two tennis balls in the first tube sock and tie a tight knot at end of the sock so that the two balls are snug next to each other.
Place the sock and ball assembly in the second sock and tie another tight knot at the end.
Lie on your back either on the floor, your bed or any firm flat surface, with a pillow under your knees for comfort. Feeling from the nape of your neck, move upward until you locate two small indentations on the back of your head on either side just below the horizontal ridge called the occiput. This is where your head will rest on the tennis balls. Situate the tennis balls comfortably under the occiput in these two grooves and use the tail of the sock to stabilise the balls if necessary to prevent them from rolling. Lay your hands on your stomach or at your side, breathe deeply and begin to relax. The treatment should last from 10 to 20 minutes and can be performed up to four times a day.
Do not induce a still point if you have suffered head trauma, a stroke, have internal head bleeding or a brain tumour.
Tips and warnings
- Do not induce a still point if you have suffered head trauma, a stroke, have internal head bleeding or a brain tumour.