Craniosacral therapy is one of the lesser known treatments we offer. It is a treatment many of you have probably never even heard of. So what exactly is Craniosacral Therapy? Is it really a head massage? Or just something to do with the brain?
We thought we would clarify what Craniosacral Therapy is and the benefits.
What exactly is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. It is a non-mechanical, non-manipulative treatment. It is a subtle and profound form of healing which works with the whole person and promotes the body’s natural capacity for self-repair.
Who has Craniosacral therapy?
People may come for treatment because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing emotional or physical problems; others come for ongoing support in their busy lives.
Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. It is particularly suitable for people in fragile or acutely painful conditions.
What happens in a treatment?
Your practitioner will take a written case history, listening to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to establish a good understanding with your practitioner. During the treatment you will remain clothed and will usually lie face up, on your side or you may be seated. The practitioner will make light contact with your head, the base of your spine and other areas. As your body functions as a whole, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur. One session will typically last one hour.
If a Craniosacral therapist is treating a baby, the parent of primary carer is present throughout the session and often holds the baby while the practitioner gently works. The treatment is done without removing nappies.
What are the benefits?
Craniosacral can help and address:
- Jaw problems
- Back problems
- Stress and anxiety
- Physical aches and pains
- Acute and chronic illness
- Emotional and psychological disturbances
- Develop wellbeing, health and vitality
When, for example, the body has had to cope with shock, long-term stress or illness, the natural state that promotes healing can become compromised. It is precisely this natural tendency which this holistic therapy helps restore; not only physically but emotionally and spiritually.
What does it feel like?
People report a wide variety of experiences including; relaxation and sense of ease, warmth and tingling sensations, an increase of energy, a sense of letting go, seeing different colours and patterns and a deepened sense of body awareness. As Craniosacral Therapy works on the whole body, everyone will have a different experience dependent on your body’s own need.
- Treatment continues after you leave treatment room.
- There is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process where you may become more aware of symptoms
- As the treatment continues after you leave the treatment room it is advisable to spend some time relaxing
- For long-standing problems further sessions may be needed