Craniosacral with Rachel Gronningsater

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy is educated, specific, noninvasive touch that supports your body’s innate ability to heal. CST is named for the craniosacral system: the bones, tissues and fluid that support your central nervous system. Like other body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.) the craniosacral system has a motion all its own: the craniosacral rhythm. Everything in your body responds to the craniosacral rhythm, therefore this rhythm can be felt anywhere on your body. The tissues of your craniosacral system are connected to all of your body‘s tissues making it possible to treat your whole body with CST. Your body is comprised of varying densities of tissue, fluid and energy and CST treats them all. Life experiences are processed through your body and when overwhelming, they are held there. Our bodies will work around held experiences until the load becomes too great, and we develop symptoms.  Craniosacral therapy helps your body release the effects of these held life experiences.

Meet Rachel Gronningsater

Rachel Gronningsater is a second generation healer who was exposed at a young age to Craniosacral Therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy and other subtle yet powerful and very effective types of body work. She started her own path in health and wellness in 2009 by studying a whole foods approach to nutrition. This sparked a passion for healing the body using its own processes and nature’s resources. She was certified in New York as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and shortly after that moved to San Francisco to continue her studies in nutrition and bodywork. As soon as she began her studies of the body through massage therapy she knew that Craniosacral Therapy would be an integral part of her work. This is a therapy which enhances the body’s own healing abilities. CST in its essence involves gentle manipulations as the therapist both tests for restrictions and “listens” to the quality of the craniosacral rhythm, which the body regulates and maintains in order to feed and nurture our delicate nervous tissues. The forces used are exceedingly light and although the focus is in and around the head and spinal column, the treatment may be applied anywhere on the body. CST is used to address a large variety of issues ranging from stress, musculoskeletal, neurological, hormonal, head/jaw and many others.

By adding Massage Therapy (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Lymphatic, Structural Foot Balancing and Shiatsu) and Acupoint Integrative Technique (AIT) to her practice Rachel found that she had acquired a diverse and unique skill set to best help her clients. The approach to bodywork is detail oriented, intuitive, integrative, and stress relieving. Every session is individualized and focused on easing aches and pains, healing the body from injuries and everyday use, re-balancing, alignment and letting go of stress and tension.This combined with her innate ability to connect with individuals and decipher their needs makes Rachel a true healer of the mind body and spirit. All of her clients find that regular sessions help them perform at a higher level!

My first exposure to the healing arts and Craniosacral therapy in particular was from my mother. She started out as an Occupational Therapist and then added CST along with other Integrative Manual Therapies and became a true and holistic healer of the mind, body and spirit. I received much of this bodywork growing up and appreciated the multidimensional approach to human health and wellness. It was a mix of very anatomical/medically based treatment along with methods of addressing the emotional and spiritual body. When it came time for college and to start thinking about a profession I decided on Psychology, specifically child counseling. I knew that I wanted to help people feel their best but it wasn’t until I studied nutrition that I realized that addressing a persons mental health can be done not just with talk therapy, but by effecting their biochemical makeup, and therefore their mental state, through food and nutrition.  This very strongly shaped my viewpoint and approach to the human body. Since then I studied Massage Therapy, Acupoint Integrative Technique and Integrative Manual Therapy. As I add more information and varied approaches to my practice I find it becomes more well rounded and I have a larger tool bag to help my clients with all of the complications life presents them and their bodies.

*Find Rachel at and mention Mobile Fitness Group for a special discount on your first Craniosacral Therapy session!