CranioSacral Therapy

WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on therapy which helps to release restrictions in the craniosacral system, i.e. the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.  The therapy gets its name from the body’s associated bones – the skull, spine and the sacrum at the end of the spine. CranioSacral Therapy also assists the body in releasing deeply held tension in the fascial system.  The fascia is a web-like structure of connective tissue which runs through the whole internal structure of the body.  It surrounds, protects and holds in place every bone, muscle, organ, ligament and tendon in the body.  All nerve, blood and lymph vessels move within this fascial web.  When there is stress or physical knocks to the body, the tissues contract and the fascia can hold on and ‘store’ these tensions thereby inducing restrictions into its functioning.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CRANIOSACRAL SESSION?

In a CranioSacral session, the client lies fully clothed on a treatment couch.  The practitioner gently lays their hands on the surface of the client’s body, often the feet or legs or hips or shoulders or head, to ‘listen’ to the potency or health of the system sensing where there may be restrictions, strains or tensions.  Having established where in the body to begin work, the practitioner often puts one hand underneath the body, e.g. between the shoulders, and the other hand on top of the body, e.g. collar bone area.  With a gentle pressure of about the weight of a 10c coin, and perhaps a subtle and gentle movement of the hands, the practitioner feels into the restrictions in the area and mirrors back to the body what they are feeling. This use of delicate manual techniques can help facilitate the release of restrictions, returning the system to an ease of movement which allows the body’s self-healing mechanisms to be more effective.

The client often experiences a gentle wave-like motion passing through a part of the body, which is the fascia unwinding.  Many people report that they feel relaxed at a level they hadn’t experienced before, and some even fall asleep.  Sometimes there can be a release of emotion which has been held in the system for a while.  People often report feeling lighter, calmer, more relaxed and being more in tune with their body as a result of treatment.

THE BENEFITS OF CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY:

CranioSacral Therapy helps alleviate a range of ailments, pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraines and Headaches.
  • Chronic pain, e.g. neck and back pain.
  • Stress
  • Reduced mobility, e.g. stiff joints.
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
  • Neuralgia.
  • Menstrual and menopausal problems.
  • Low Energy.
  • Emotional difficulties.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Central Nervous System.
  • And many other conditions.

 IN NEWBORNS, INFANTS AND CHILDREN:

CranioSacral Therapy helps to alleviate:

  • Colic.
  • Constipation.
  • Feeding and sleeping problems.
  • Delayed development.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Failure to Thrive Syndrome.
  • Dyslexia.
  • Autism.
  • Down’s Syndrome.
  • And many other conditions.

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