Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, light touch, healing therapy that has its roots in osteopathy.
Craniosacral Therapists work with the craniosacral system, cerebrospinal fluid, and the primary respiratory mechanism (the gentle rhythmic motion of fluid, membrane and tissues).
The whole body can be affected by imbalances in these mechanisms due to their intricate structure and relationship with the central nervous system.
Adverse life experiences shape patterns in this system and sometimes the body is not capable of dealing with these experiences, storing their effects in the body.
Trauma, e.g. from an accident or surgery, or from experiences that overwhelm the mind and body at any stage of life, can upset the delicate balance of the primary respiratory system and the autonomic nervous system. This can have wider effects on the health of the body.
Craniosacral Therapy helps to release tissue memories and restore balance to the system. This needs to happen gradually, to enable the client to deal with the releasing and healing effects of the treatment at their own pace.
The subtle motions of fluid and the cranial and sacral bones can be perceived by the therapist through light touch to the head, base of the spine and other ‘listening stations’ in the body e.g. the shoulders. Craniosacral Therapists are trained to support the health that exists in the body, rather than find the dysfunction.
Craniosacral therapy can be effective with all types of emotional and physical problems and its gentle nature can also help the safe resolution of more complex issues.
Pregnancy, birth, babies and children
This gentle and effective treatment is suitable for everyone, including pregnant women and newborn babies.
Pregnancy can bring moments of change and discomfort that can be supported or resolved by Craniosacral Therapy. Therapists work with extreme care and respect towards the unborn child, who will also receive the benefits of a treatment in utero.
Craniosacral Therapy can also help unsettled, unhappy babies with problems such as sleeping difficulties, unexplained crying or digestive issues, as well as children of all ages.
Please do not hesitate to contact Alison for further information.
- Kern, M. (2001) Wisdom in the Body. London, Thorsons.
- Becker, R. E. (1997) Life in Motion. Oregon, Stillness Press.