Frequently Asked Questions

Hands On Therapies
What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle manual (hands-on) therapy focusing on enhancing the function of the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is the system of the membranes and fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) of the central nervous system. As craniosacral therapists we are trained to evaluate the subtle movements of the system in order to locate specific areas of restrictions or limited movement. Once located, we employ gentle, but very specific techniques to help the system return to optimal function. CSI of MI was first opened with a focus on CST treatments. While our toolbox has expanded significantly since those early days, our team still boasts some of the most experienced CST practitioners in the area.
What is the craniosacral system?
The craniosacral system is a system of the body, just like the respiratory, cardiac, or other systems that we typically know about. The craniosacral system is the system of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It consists of the CSF and the membranes that contain the CSF. The outer most layer is called the dura mater. The function of the CSF is to bring nutrients to, and remove toxins from the brain and spinal cord. The fluid is created by the choroid plexus located in the ventricles of the brain. As the CSF is created there is a slight, but measurable, increase in pressure within the cranial vault (the inner space of the head). As the CSF is absorbed through the arachnoid villi, there is a reduction in the pressure. These pressure changes cause small movements in the bones of the cranium (head).
LDT: Lymph Drainage Therapy
This gentle, but effective therapy helps to optimize the fluid flow of the Lymphatic system. This system is critical to detoxification and swelling control.
MFR: Myofascial Release
This therapy technique is generalized term that is often used for a number of different approaches; but in general helps with tight and painful muscles. It also helps to correct effects of malalignment and postural issues.
IASTM: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
This is also a general term that can incorporate a number of different specific techniques. Our team utilizes mostly Cupping techniques as well as some Graston scar removal.
FDM: Fascial Distortion Model
Used primarily in athletics, this is an advanced model of correcting specific injuries in the connective tissue called Fascia.
What Are the Technologies that You Use:
HoweRT® Micro Sport®
HoweRT® Micro Sport® is an industry leading microcurrent device FDA registered for pain and healing. It is the first, comprehensive pre-programmed Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) device on the market. The Micro Sport® was developed and created right here at CSI by our own director, Vanessa LK Howe, MSPT. The unit is used by NFL teams as well as other elite athletes both in the US and abroad. While quickly becoming popular by high level athletes, it is equally embraced by the general public for it’s exceptional pain-relieving properties. HoweRT® is proud to have been used by multiple Super Bowl winning teams since it’s launch in 2017. Find out more at their website:
Clinical Uses of HoweRT® Micro Sport®:
Nerve Pain, Wound Healing, Orthopedic Injuries, , Fractures, Arthritic Pain, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, Spine Pain, Scar Release, Gout, Joint Fibrosis/ROM, Post-Op Recovery, Much More!
pEMF- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy:
pEMF is the newest of all technologies used by top athletes. Our team uses a few different devices: NES MiHealth, OMI Mat and Wellness pEMF converters. All devices harness the power of magnets to better energize your tissues for improved healing. Our director, Vanessa LK Howe has been a national instructor in this type of technology as well as a lecturer to health care professionals on the science behind this type of technology.
Light Therapy:
Light therapy activates healing by energizing in an additional, unique way. While lasers have been more known, it is now being found that LED has a similar level of photon activation, but is easier, more cost effective and just as helpful in activating healing. Our CSI team uses DPL red light therapy pads and wands as part of our Trifecta treatments. In addition, our Brighton location also offers the innovative PsiO Light therapy glasses. Most known for the amazing relaxation, anxiety reduction and general stress relief; they are also helpful for migraines, sleep, and general mood.
The BioMat has long been one of our favorite stress & relaxation tools. It is an amethyst infused, heated, and ionized mat. Folks often call it ‘the most relaxing’ thing that they have experienced. Pair it with the PsiO glasses for a full emersion, relaxation experience! The BioMat is located at our Brighton facility. The BioMat and PsiO glasses may not be available during high covid spread times due to sanitation concerns.
Payment, Booking & General Information
Is this covered by insurance?
CSI of MI no longer participates with any insurance companies. Our services are payable by credit/debit cards, HSA or similar accounts, check or PayPal. If you would like to independently apply for reimbursement from your insurance company and require a HCFA form, we can supply this for a nominal fee.
What kind of therapist might I see? What are their credentials?
Our staff are all fully licensed professionals holding a variety of different degrees; with decades of expertise and experience. Our team includes Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Asst, Occupational Therapy and Massage Therapy professionals. To see the exact training and expertise of the therapist that you are interested in seeing, just click on the Bio and Pic provided in the App and in our Staff section of this site.
How do I pay?
CSI is moving to a Green Platform and reduced contact payment methods. We prefer that you pay through the App at time of your session. Tips, should you choose to include, can be done through the App or direct to your therapist (exact change, cash only please). Rochester Hills location no longer has cash for change on site. Please plan accordingly for your payments. CSI accepts all major credit cards, debit cards, HSA or similar cards and personal check. There is a fee for any check or payment that is declined.
How much do individual sessions cost?
Costs per session vary on the services rendered. We strive to keep our private pay services consistent with the typical prices of similar services in the area. All of our session prices also include the use of our own HoweRT® Micro Sport® treatments. These are done concurrently with the hands-on therapy and really enhance pain relief as well as healing processes. Actual pricing per type of treatment is available via the App. The Micro Sport® cannot be used on pregnant individuals. There is no discount provided in this case.
How do I know what “therapy” I might benefit from?
We understand that you have probably never heard of many of our specialties! Phone consultations are available to discuss your specific needs and answer your questions about our services and what you should expect. More conveniently, you can also Contact Us using email. Individual consultations are available in person, but may take a bit longer to schedule. Many times our office staff can assist you with selecting the best fit of therapist and therapy for you. All of our staff are trained in multiple therapies. We pride ourselves at helping you find the right fit of practitioner and training.
Can I get more than one type of “therapy” during a session?
Absolutely! All of our therapists are trained in multiple modalities/therapies, and they expertly blend together different techniques to maximize your benefit from your session. Many clients choose to combine craniosacral therapy and massage therapy, or craniosacral and lymphatic therapies. Our staff can also help to assure that you are scheduled with a therapist that is trained in the modalities that can best help you.
How can I find a craniosacral therapist in a different area of the state or country?
To search for practitioners trained in Upledger craniosacral therapy visit For therapists trained in BioDynamic craniosacral therapy visit To learn more about HoweRT™ MicroSport™ visit To check for therapists personally recommended by our staff, contact us, we would be happy to assist you in any way possible.
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