"In the universe, there are things that are known,
and things that are unknown,
and in between, there are doors"
- William Blake
Craniosacral therapy developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered that fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord has its own rhythmic motion – known as cranio-sacral motion which is expressed throughout the whole body.
Physical and emotional knocks and stresses throughout life will inevitably cause a degree of trauma/shock on some level, leading to the body’s tissues contracting and tightening. These restrictions can remain held in the body, and if not addressed can lead to physical and emotional symptoms such as back pain or anxiety/stress.
Craniosacral Therapy supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way.
What can it help with?
Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. 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.
The following are just a few examples of conditions that may benefit from treatment:
Persistent chronic pain
Migraine and headaches
Anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia
Learning difficulties and autism
Dyslexia and squint
Crying and unsettled babies
Colic, wind and digestive disturbances
Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.
What to expect during a session?
In a typical craniosacral session, you will usually lie fully-clothed on a treatment couch. If lying is difficult, alternative positions such as sitting or side-lying can be arranged.
I will place my hands using a light touch over any part of the body as required by your system. Areas include the cranium (head) and the sacrum (tailbone).
People often experience a profound sense of relaxation and calm during or after treatment. Sensations such as heat or tingling may also be experienced, or you may not feel anything at all which is also fine.
There will be a time of integration after the treatment where by effects may be felt during the days following treatment as your body is adjusting.