WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
Craniosacral therapy has its roots in the field of Osteopathy, particularly through the work of Dr William Sutherland who was a student in the early 1900s of the founder of Osteopathy, Dr Andrew Sills.
Sutherland discovered that the body expresses different rhythmic motions, through the bones and fluids, which he called ‘Primary Respiration’. He dedicated a lifetime’s work into understanding the subtle physiology and motion inherent in the body. These discoveries have been developed and expanded upon by experts in the field, leading to BCST becoming a recognised modality in its own right.
Central to BCST is the concept that Health is always present in the human system and is expressed as this rhythmic motion through the bones and fluids of the body known as ‘Primary Respiration’.
‘Primary Respiration’ operates in our bodies similarly to the tides of the ocean. Tides move water, conducting & circulating nourishment around the planet. ‘Primary Respiration’ moves the fluids of our bodies, conducting and circulating nourishment around our body.
Just as with water, our bodily fluids are always looking to resolve stagnancy, maintain life and find balance. This fluid motion is what the practitioner 'listens' to, to detect where in the body obstruction or compression has occurred.
WHO CAN BENEFIT
BCST doesn't just treat the head or spine, it works with the whole body, which means people come for treatments for a vast variety of reasons: physical aches and pains, acute and chronic disease, emotional or psychological stress or simply to help develop well-being, health and vitality.
Because it is so gentle and non-invasive it is suitable for everyone from new-borns to the elderly as well as those with fragile or acutely painful conditions.
Some conditions that I have treated are: arthritis, depression, cricked neck/back, headaches/migraines, sciatica, anxiety, whiplash, pre and post dental pain/trauma, lack of direction in life, relationship break ups.
Some patient conditions only need one or two sessions whereas others require a series of regular sessions over a longer period for lasting results.
Some people come for 'maintenance' sessions every few weeks or months because it helps them have more awareness of their own needs and strengths and their quality of life is enhanced.
In most cases BCST works well as a complementary therapy alongside your relationship with your doctor or health carer.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SESSION
A Case History will be taken in the first session to determine the reasons for your visit. This helps gather important information and establish a good understanding with your practitioner.
In a typical session you will lie, fully clothed, on a well cushioned massage table, with blankets if necessary. Once comfortable I will make gentle contact with my hands. This contact could be on a variety of places such as your feet, hips, spine, shoulders, neck or head. I will always check with you to be sure you are comfortable with the placement and weight of contact. Because the body functions as a whole I may work with areas other than where your symptoms occur.
I will encourage you to share with me what you are experiencing so that we can dialogue if necessary. Verbal connection can be very useful to aid diagnosis and treatment. Some clients find this reassuring and helpful whereas others prefer not to talk until afterwards. This is totally fine and can be negotiated before lying on the table.
Clients can potentially experience a range of sensations such as deep relaxation, tingling, warmth, relief, and a general sense of balance. Each individual’s experience is unique. Some of the words and phrases used to describe a treatment are: “deeply relaxing, a sense of relief, comforting, inner peace, feeling whole again, accepted, feeling heard”.