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What is craniosacral therapy?

People sometimes ask about Craniosacral therapy and think it only refers to the head. In fact, Craniosacral Therapy works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions. Craniosacral therapy supports the body innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as to reduce stress and build your underlying energy.

As a practitioner, I listen to your body in much the same way that counsellor might listen to your words: I sense tensions and help release them in a safe environment. Your body responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. Phrases used by people experiencing Craniosacral therapy include: "Comforting, inner peace, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation, connection, feeling more alive, put back in one piece, feeling whole again".

Who is it for?

People may come for Craniosacral Therapy for an acute physical problem such as headaches or back issues or chronic issues both physical or emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and life’s challenges. I have been working with a variety of clients: mothers and fathers, athletes, academics, corporate, children (accompanied by their legal guardians)

Craniosacral therapy is non-invasive and is suitable for everyone from newborns to elderly. Mothers and Babies often come for problems associated with traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear in the body enables both to settle in calmness.

For further information go to the Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA).

Can Craniosacral Therapy Help you?

Craniofacial therapy has been shown to be beneficial for supporting individuals with symptoms associated with:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Muscular tensions
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Pain
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Birth trauma
  • A complement to other therapies such as talking therapies

Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.

What to expect during a Craniosacral Therapy session?

  • The session usually lasts 60 minutes including consultation
  • You remain fully clothed
  • A light physical contact with the body. Children are treated in the company of a parent and babies may be treated in the arms of their parents
  • Point of contact vary and are usually at feet, head and the sacrum; contact is discussed with the client
  • Changes may be noticed in the long term as they occur at a deeper level

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