Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. It aims to work on different levels – physical, emotional, relational, behavioural - to achieve an overall sense of balance and wellbeing.
Everyone has a history of injury, illness or traumatic events and all of these are held in our bodies. As a result we develop vulnerable areas which flare-up at times of stress eg: tummy upset, headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Based on our life experience we also develop a way of relating to the world around us. Our nervous systems are very sensitive to change, especially when we are young. If we experience repeated stress, for example, our bodies adapt to being in a constant “fight or flight” state and this becomes our normal way of responding to everyday situations.
Craniosacral Therapy supports your body to find balance, restore and heal. It can help reduce stress and better negotiate demands of a busy modern lifestyle. The therapist senses tensions or imbalances in the body and helps you to release them. During or after a session you may experience sensations such as tingling, heat, pain around an old injury, general feelings of relaxation, increased energy or you may feel more body aware (and less in your head).
What does a session involve?
The inital session will involve taking a case history; we will discuss your reasons for coming and what you hope to gain from therapy sessions. This initial session will also be an opportunity to decide if we could work together.
During the treatment you remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated. You can also have a blanket over you. The therapist makes light contact with different areas of the body including head, the base of your spine or feet, encouraging your body to relax. Firm pressure or movement may also be used to aid relaxation. During the session you might be asked to focus on breathing or different areas of your body. Because the body functions as a whole, there may be a focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
Sessions last 50-60 minutes or 40-50 minutes for children.
Why might you come?
People may come for Craniosacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems such as headaches or back pain, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support to manage more chronic problems or long-term stress.
Examples include but are not limited to: stress and anxiety, lack of focus and concentration, lack of energy, headaches, pain (e.g. neck, back, shoulder, jaw), digestive disturbances, hormonal imbalance, not sleeping, being very reactive (having a short fuse), recent or past lifestyle changes.
Parents may consider seeking Craniosacral Therapy for their children for issues such as: difficult births, not sleeping, being unsettled, colic. Or for older children: hyperactivity, anger issues, not settling in class, not engaging with other therapies (eg: counselling) but where there is a therapeutic need.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Rumi