Craniosacral Therapy is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-manipulative bodywork modality (which originated from Osteopathic principles). The body expresses natural patterns and rhythms, through subtle micro-movements in the bones, fascia and throughout our body systems.
The term ‘Craniosacral’ refers to the cranium (head) and sacrum (back of the pelvis) which are central structures in the body. The spinal nerves are situated between the head and pelvis and these nerves connect throughout our body to muscles, organs and body systems.
Craniosacral Therapy facilitates the body’s inherent, built-in healing system to encourage the body’s full expression. The therapist uses listening skills with their hands, through light, non-invasive touch, to contact the person’s body and to emphasise hearing the health of their system, encouraging organisation and revitalisation in their body. Craniosacral Therapists monitor and support the body’s craniosacral rhythm, through active listening using my hands and highly-trained perception. The craniosacral rhythm is the body’s expression of health and balance of the nervous system. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works with the nervous system directly, to support regulation and balance between the brain and body, via the central nervous system.
Craniosacral Therapy supports people of all ages to deepen their connection to themselves and supports a balanced state of wellbeing.
Generally, many people find Craniosacral Therapy to be deeply supportive over a period of several treatments, in supporting the body’s built-in balance system (homeostasis) and also in regulating their body’s nervous system to support overall wellbeing.
Every person can expect to have a unique experience receiving Craniosacral Therapy for the first time and consecutive sessions as well.
Typically, a session begins with gentle and negotiated touch as I hold your feet. I will talk with you throughout the process, to support your awareness of what you may sense or feel during the session as I listen with my hands and heart.
Some people notice changes such as:
Client’s may experience emotional sensations, including the urge to laugh, cry, shake or move. I will provide safety in the space I hold for you to invite you to fully feel your experiences in your body.
After the session, it is recommended for you to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water. This helps to maintain your body’s balance after the treatment and to gain the most out of the session.
Following the session, some people may notice changes in their energy levels (perhaps more energy or sometimes more restful states), changes in thirst or hunger levels, clarity of mind, sense of their body awareness (feeling light or heavy in their body), attention levels and may require more sleep. These effects can last up to 24-48 hours after the session, as your body systems continue to integrate the shifts and changes occurring as a result of treatment.
At your first appointment we will discuss the recommended duration of treatment sessions for you and the frequency of your appointments (weekly, fortnightly).
Many people typically benefit from 5-10 regular sessions (weekly/fortnightly) depending on their health concerns and how long they have expereinced their health issues.
If you haven’t received Craniosacral Therapy before or you are seeing a new CST therapist, I recommend booking a minimum of 3 sessions (no longer than 1-2 weeks apart) to allow time to decide if it is the right fit for you.
As the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy are cumulative, people often find that they gain more from treatment over and extended period of time.
Some people find they experience significant changes in a short time frame after receiving Craniosacral Therapy, however it is not intended to be a ‘quick fix’ for any health condition or to support health concerns.
Your commitment to yourself will also influence what you gain from Craniosacral Therapy.
Depending on your private health insurance cover, you may be able to access rebated services for Craniosacral Therapy. Check with your health fund to enquire further.
You can take a look at my blog. Explore the links below:
College of Craniosacral Therapy (CCST) https://www.ccst.co.uk/cranio-sacral-therapy/
Craniosacral Sydney https://www.craniosacralsydney.com.au/craniosacral-therapy.html
Craniosacral Therapy for Kids https://www.huffpost.com/entry/craniosacral-therapy-for-_b_827495
Whenever considering therapy sessions with a health practitioner/therapist for yourself or your child, it can be useful to chat with them prior to booking. This allows you to interview the therapist and enquire about the type of support you are looking for, so you have a clear understanding of how they can assist you.
It is imperative that your child/yourself/your family and the therapist, establish and share a connection where a safe container can be held for your experiences to enable you to gain the most from your sessions.
I believe that every individual will find their preferred therapist, and sometimes this can be a process to find the person who best matches you & your family.