What is Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapists recognise health as an active principle. This health is the expression of life - an inherent ordering force, a natural internal intelligence. Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle and profound healing form which assists this natural bodily intelligence.

It is clear that a living human organism is immensely complex and requires an enormous amount of internal organisation. Craniosacral Therapy helps nurture these internal ordering principles. It helps increase physical vitality and well-being, not only effecting structural change, but also having much wider implications e.g. improving interpersonal relationships, managing more appropriately etc.

Dr William Sutherland, an American osteopath, discovered intrinsic movements of the bones of the skull around the turn of the century. His further research revealed different rhythmic tidal motions in the body. These movements, which can be measured with delicate scientific instruments, are a direct expression of the health of the system.

As research continued it became apparent that these movements are inextricably linked with not only physical health but also mental and emotional health. palpation of these tide- like motions allows Craniosacral therapists to facilitate change in areas of restriction. This restriction of movement corresponds to a lack of the capacity of the life force to express its self-healing. This absence of health may result in disease or a sense of something missing or numbness.

The whole of our life history is held in our physical form. An integral part of this work is the patient's developing awareness of how their story is held and how it unfolds. We are a unit of life function and this is completely respected in Craniosacral Therapy.

The work can address issues in whatever way the client wishes; physical aches and pains, acute and chronic disease, emotional or psychological disturbances, or simply developing well-being, health and vitality.

Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle that it is suitable for babies, children, and the elderly, as well as adults; and also in fragile or acutely painful conditions. As a whole body therapy, treatment may aid almost every condition, raising the vitality and enabling the body's own self-healing process to be utilised.

The following is a list of some of the common conditions treated;

Arthritis Insomnia
Asthma Lethargy
Autism Menstrual pain, pMS
Back pain Migraine
Birth trauma post-operative
Bronchitis problems during and after pregnancy
Cancer Reintegration after accidents
Cerebral palsy Fall or injury
Colic Sciatica
Depression Sinusitis
Digestive problems Spinal curvatures
Drug withdrawal Sports injuries
Dyslexia Stress related illnesses
Exhaustion Tinnitus and middle ear problems
Frozen shoulder TMJ (jaw) disorders
Hormonal imbalances Visual disturbances
Hyperactivity Whiplash injuries
Immune system disorders

The work can be profoundly relaxing, exhilarating, deeply moving or involve a resolution of old material. Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but become obvious on returning to a familiar environment. Sessions are usually between 40 - 60 minutes in total.

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