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Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle, yet powerful therapy. The primary aim is to create and maintain, health and well-being throughout the whole body, and so relieve specific symptoms.

Treatments are based around the gentle and natural motion of fluids (known as Craniosacral Motion) which surround the brain and spine but affect many other areas. The work therefore influences the whole body and is not just confined to problems involving the skull and lower back. Any part of the body can be treated.

What happens during a treatment?

In a typical Craniosacral session, you will usually lie (or sometimes sit) fully-clothed on a treatment couch. The therapist will make contact by placing their hands lightly on your body and tuning in to what is happening by ‘listening’ with their hands. Contact is made carefully so that you will feel at ease with what is happening.

The first thing you will probably notice is a sense of deep relaxation, which will generally last throughout the session. With subsequent treatments this release of tension often extends into everyday life. The work can address physical aches and pains, acute and chronic disease, emotional or psychological disturbances, or simply help to develop well-being, health and vitality.

At each session it is your own body which determines the pace of treatment. Nothing is ever forced and the pressure used is sometimes so subtle that it is hardly noticeable.

How does Craniosacral Therapy work for you?

Throughout our lives our bodies are affected by physical accidents and emotional stress. In response to these the body’s tissues contract. Sometimes, particularly when the shock is severe or occurs within an emotional situation, the tissues stay contracted.

In this way stresses, strains, tension or trauma can become stored in the body, restricting its healthy functioning and giving rise to possible problems in the future.

The effects may be both physical (such as back pain, migraine and digestive disorders) or emotional (such as anxiety and depression), or a combination. Restrictions in the body’s functioning causes disruption in the Craniosacral Motion.

Throughout the treatment, gentle hand pressure is applied to your body. This allows your practitioner to work with any restrictions or tensions they may find, and to encourage the body’s own self-healing capabilities.

Craniosacral Therapy is for babies, children and pregnancy