What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a holistic approach that can help with a wide range of conditions and situations. It has a nurturing and calming approach to healthcare. Craniosacral therapy is unique in its ability to work with the source of the symptoms on every level whether it be physical, mental or emotional. It as a natural way of helping the body to rest and recover because it recognises that the bodies mental, emotional and physical levels are all formed from a integrated whole.The gentle touch of craniosacral therapy listens both to you and your body and then the body responds by beginning to listen to itself.
The Treatment: Any physical knocks and emotional stresses and strains can cause the body’s tissues to contract and tighten that can then create restricted patterns within the body. When these tensions are severe the tissues may store and retain the memories causing them to stay contracted within the body's own natural functioning.The craniosacral therapist will make contact by lightly placing their hands upon the clients body. This will allow them to tune into what is happening within it.The therapist can listen and check all parts of the craniosacral system by sense any movement and rhythm of the cerebro-spinal fluid in order to identify tensions or any restricted patterns that could be causing dysfunction.Once the therapist as made the assessment they will then try to alleviate these patterns. Craniosacral therapy draws the body’s attention to these pattern much the same way as when you become aware that you are frowning. It is only when you become conscious of the frown that you choose to relax the forehead and it is only when you are conscious of what you are holding onto then it is within your power to release it and the energy used to hold the patterns in place is freed.
When the assessment is complete and a diagnosis is reached then the treatment can begin...
To Begin:The treatment can takes an excess of 45 minutes to one hour with you lying fully clothed on the treatment couch. Using about five grams of pressure, (which is about the weight of a nickel). The therapist will hold the cranium or the base of the spine (sacrum) to listen to the subtle rhythms that are revealed by the body. Although their can work from any part of the body.
What does it feel like? This treatment is entirely non- intrusive and can be very relaxing. The beauty of craniosacral therapy is that it is client-led. The body will determine the pace of the treatment so that you remain in control and comfortable at all times and able to integrate whatever changes may occur. You may also feel a deep sense of relaxation as the body begins to release any restricted patterns. Due to the gentle and non-invasive nature of the treatment, most people find the sessions highly pleasant. It often leaves clients feeling energised with a sense of well-being and an increased clarity of mind. Clients may become aware of sensations such as heat, tingling or pulsation or very slight discomfort of coldness as changes occur. These sensations are usually only momentary and once settled will leave you feeling better. Many client have even described how they have experienced many different sensations or movements within the body while the treatment was going on. Some clients say they cannot explain it or even find any explanation for it but they feel much better or the complaint has completely gone.
You do not have to have anything wrong to benefit from CranioSacral Therapy, "good health" is much more than the absence of disease.