What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on treatment that supports the body’s natural capacity for self-repair. It was developed in the early 1900’s by an American Osteopath who’s pioneering research provided a new insight into the specific interaction of cranial bones, connective tissue and the deeper rhythms of health in the body. Therapists are trained to recognise these natural tissue and fluid rhythms, so helping the body let go of deeper held tensions and blockages, allowing the restoration of health and improvement of well-being throughout.
What is a session like?
During a session you lie fully clothed, in a comfortable position, usually on your back or side. Using a very light touch, the therapist ‘listens’ to what is happening in the body. Contact is usually made at the head, anywhere along the spinal column and lower back.
Whilst being treated, people can often get sensations of tingling, movement and heat. At the very least, you will feel a profound sense of deep relaxation and well-being as your body starts to let go.
What are its benefits?
Many conditions respond well to treatment, including Migraines, depression, anxiety, exhaustion as well as back and joint pain. After only a few sessions, many have found that improvement can be noticed with digestion, sleep, energy levels and emotions.
Craniosacral Therapy has a very high success rate. Most practitioners find that around 85% of clients are happy with the results of the work. Benefits can come in a variety of ways:
• Increased sense of relaxation
• Reduction in musculo-skeletal pain
• Feeling happier and more settled
• Reduced stress and calmer in stressful situations
• Improved sense of well-being
How many sessions will I need?
This will be different from person to person and whether the issue you want addressing is chronic (had it a long time) or is acute (not had it long). Generally speaking, a series of three to six sessions is recommended for chronic issues and perhaps only one or two sessions for something acute in nature. Having said that, most people notice improvements from the first session and may only need a few sessions to sort things out.
Can anyone benefit from Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for all ages, and is particularly beneficial after experiencing periods of prolonged stress, trauma, surgery, dental work or childbirth.
Babies are often recommended to have Craniosacral therapy to help alleviate colic, sleep problems and behavioural problems, such as restlessness and hyperactivity.