Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy – touching the “breath of life”

Craniosacral therapy uses gentle manipulations to resolve trauma, stress, and held emotional tensions in the bodymind.  Craniosacral work revolves around the discovery and fact that human head bones move and regulate via a rhythmic breathing pulse of the body, which in the bodymind tradition we refer to as the pulsatory effect.  This pulse is propagated in part via the fluid flowing between your head (cranium) and the end of your spine (sacrum) near the pelvis.  Blockages and traumas that result through life events can then disturb or block the pulsatory effect to organs, tissues and cells resulting in disease states in both the body and mind.

The origin of Craniosacral Therapy lies in the field of Osteopathy. At the beginning of the 17th century scientists in Italy discovered that the linings of the brain and the spinal cord (Lat. meningen) have a rhythmic movement and that the liquor was transported by the nerves to the periphery of the body.  William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954) discovered that the human cranial bones were moved by some kind of motion related to the rhythmic breathing pulse of the body. He studied the cranial system and developed what became known as cranial osteopathy. He discovered that all cells of the body needed to express a rhythmic movement in order to maintain health. He called this rhythmic pulsation the “breath of life”.

How does a Craniosacral Practitoner work ?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a hands-on therapy. It works with and on the fluid which is flowing between your head (cranium) to the end of your spine (sacrum).  Your craniosacral (CS) system developed while you were still an embryo in your mother’s womb. At that time in the CS system nerve conduits sprouted from your very young brain. They were then connected to the all organs and cells in your body. In these very delicate system traumatic events, both before birth and during life, are stored in the form of blockages. These blockages inhibit the proper development or healthy functioning of your body.  Events which can cause this are e.g. falls, accidents and emotionally disturbing life events. As a CST therapist I can detect and treat such conditions.

The practitioner gently applies gentle and caring therapeutic touches with the hands to your bones, body tissues and muscles.  The practtiioner then senses the areas where your craniosacral flow, your “breath of life”, is most blocked and cannot move freely.  This is where healing is required most. Through further gentle touching the practtioner is then able to treat these blockages.  As a result the natural fluid flow through your body is restored, step by step.

Who can be treated ?

CST is suitable for all age groups, from young babies to growing children to adults.  It is worth knowing that generally the treatment of children leads to results more rapidly than is does with adults.  This is easily explained: adults have accumulated more traumatic events during their lives than children have. 

Here is a list of just some of the specific conditions that I can treat with craniosacral therapy:

  • Birth traumas, cry babies, feeding problems
  • Incomplete moulding (self correction) of the cranium (head)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Post-traumatic stress (accidents, whiplash, panic attacks, birth traumas)
  • Stress and tension related problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Digestive disorders and colic
  • Temperomanidibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What can be treated ?

As you lie fully clothed on the therapy table you may feel release sensations. This can be in the form of tingling, heat or sometimes even a slight pain throughout your body.  Experiences after a session may vary. You could e.g. feel very relaxed, greatly invigorated or more in touch with your body. Pain and tension may have diminished or gone altogether.  Your mood and your general well-being may improve. It is also possible to experience that your body is going through a time of reorganisation, as your affected organs regenerate, and this may include some discomfort. Generally you will notice a change in your condition over a period of time. It takes time for your body to heal itself.

What will you feel ?

As you lie fully clothed on the therapy table you may feel release sensations. This can be in the form of tingling, heat or sometimes even a slight pain throughout your body.  Experiences after a session may vary. You could e.g. feel very relaxed, greatly invigorated or more in touch with your body. Pain and tension may have diminished or gone altogether.  Your mood and your general well-being may improve. It is also possible to experience that your body is going through a time of reorganisation, as your affected organs regenerate, and this may include some discomfort. Generally you will notice a change in your condition over a period of time. It takes time for your body to heal itself.

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