what is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, yet profound, holistic treatment intended to relieve stress, anxiety trauma, pain, tensions and restrictions in the body. Through light touch, Craniosacral Therapy triggers an individual's self-healing mechanism to help reunite the mind and body, and to restore harmony, vitality and balance.
People may come for Craniosacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches, or bad backs, or they may have long-standing emotional problems, as well as stress and anxiety. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges.
Craniosacral Therapy works on a very profound and subtle level, influencing the core of the system. Helping to release deep-rooted causes as well as surface issues, it often leaves people feeling in a very deep and relaxed state. Suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly, it can help with many different conditions due to its non-invasive nature. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. (See the ‘ Who Can Benefit’ section for more info on how it could help you)
The style of Craniosacral Therapy I am trained in also involves working with the fascia (connective tissue, which surrounds and envelops every structure in the body) Fascial unwinding is an extremely valuable therapeutic process through which physical and emotional blocks, whatever their cause, can be released. Whether they are the result of physical injury, infection, disease or emotional factors, all traumas and tensions leave their mark on the body and are held into the body tissues in the form of restriction or constriction of some kind.
(The Fascia is now recognised as having profound and widespread significance for many aspects of health, with numerous research programmes in many therapeutic fields. Its significance was first identified by Andrew Taylor Still (the founder of Osteopathy) in the mid 1800s, but it is only recently that his insights are finally becoming widely appreciated and the value of fascia more fully acknowledged)
More detail about Craniosacral Therapy
Due to its name, many mistakenly think this therapy only refers to the head, but Craniosacral Therapy works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions.
Originating from Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy is a ’light-touch’ method of releasing tensions and conditions in and around the central nervous system to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve the whole of a person’s health and performance. It's a very gentle, effective and non-invasive therapy that will leave you feeling incredibly relaxed.
Craniosacral Therapy is often referred to as educated, specific, noninvasive touch that supports your body’s innate ability to heal. It is named for the Craniosacral system: the bones, the tissue and fluid that support your central nervous system. Like other body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory etc) the Craniosacral system has a motion all of its own.... the Craniosacral rhythm.
Applying a gentle, knowing touch along with a healing intention helps stimulate the energy and rhythmical flow of the cerebrospinal fluid within membranes and ventricles of the body. In mobilising the central nervous system and soft tissue, Craniosacral Therapy triggers an individual’s natural self-healing mechanism to help reunite the mind and body, and to restore harmony, vitality and balance.
It can help with many different conditions and because it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births.
Research and studies into Craniosacral Therapy can be found here: http://www.craniosacral.co.uk/research-1
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.