Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle that it is safe and suitable for people of all ages,
from babies to the elderly, as well as for fragile or acutely painful conditions.
Indeed, it is often appropriate when other therapies may be unsafe, such as during
pregnancy, after an operation, accident, fall or injury, and for young babies. As a whole body therapy, Craniosacral Therapy may help and support people with almost any condition, by raising the vitality and enabling the body’s own self-healing processes to be utilised.
You don’t have to be ill or have any particular symptoms to benefit from Craniosacral Therapy. The alleviation of life’s stresses,and the increased sense of well-being that Craniosacral Therapy can bring are welcome to most of us at any time.
It is also extremely useful for those seeking deeper insight into themselves and their lives, it encourages lateral thinking allowing the mind to expand and function more creatively.It is a ‘hands on’ therapy. This extremely gentle therapy uses no manipulation. The therapist listens, via their hands to what is happening in your body, and in this way both identifies and relieves pains or tensions held in the body.
Craniosacral Therapy is client-led. Your body will set the pace of work, so you will remain comfortable, in control and able to integrate the changes that occur.
Since it is your body (rather than your mind) that sets the priorities, you may find that the reason you came for treatment is not what changes first. In the way that a tiny stone thrown into a lake creates ripples Craniosacral Therapy works subtly, yet its effects are profound and far reaching.
Craniosacral therapists work at a very deep level. They are chosen for their sensitivity and trained to a high degree of competence. They never use force; they work with the body’s own natural rhythms and can achieve remarkable results.
How does Craniosacral Therapy work?
In response to disease, physical knocks or emotional stress, the body’s tissues contract. Sometimes, particularly when the shock is severe or occurs within an emotional situation, the tissues stay contracted.
Any stresses, strains, tensions or traumas which have been ‘stored’ in the body in this way will restrict the body’s functioning and may give rise to problems over the years. The effects may be both physical (such as back pain, migraine or digestive disorders) and emotional (such as anxiety or depression).
Restrictions in the body’s functioning show in the way that motion is expressed the body’s tissues and organs. Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel these subtle effects in the body, and can identify areas where there is trauma, congestion or restriction. In this way they can identify the possible origin of a problem, and gently release the causes of discomfort and unease leaving you feeling more balanced and deeply relaxed.
As well as releasing the body’s tensions, this frees the energy which the body was previously using to hold itself in contraction. One of the benefits of the therapy is an increase in the level of available energy.
You remain fully clothed and may be worked with as you sit, stand, or lie on a treatment couch. The therapist very lightly and gently holds and supports your body as they are working. You may feel a deep sense of relaxation, and possibly become aware of heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations happening in your body whilst the treatment is happening.