The Cranial Sacral Therapy Clinic
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Illness, injury, stress, emotional disturbances or ingrained trauma can sometimes upset the body’s natural healing ability . Using nothing but a gentle butterfly touch, your Craniosacral Therapist will listen to your body much like a counsellor listens to your words. This gentle yet profound touch supports and treats the whole person – body, mind and spirit.
Cranio (cranium/head) and sacral (sacrum/tail bone) are the main areas of focus during a treatment. The cranium and sacrum form the two parts of the Central Nervous System (CNS) . This system controls most functions of the body and mind. It collects and interprets information from the whole body including our eyes, ears, nose, skin and internal organs. The CNS controls all our voluntary movements such as speech and walking and involuntary movements such as blinking and breathing. It is also the core centre for our thoughts and emotions. When you realise how much is controlled by the CNS you can begin to understand just how beneficial craniosacral therapy can be.
What happens during a treatment
At the initial treatment your therapist will take a thorough medical history and your reason for visiting. This helps them understand the issues you are facing. They will then explain what a treatment involves. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions.
Treatment mostly consists of the patient lying down on a couch, fully clothed in a calm peaceful environment. Patients report feeling a profound sense of relaxation as the body and mind become more balanced and calm.
Treatment can occur on any part of the body and is dependent on where the therapist feels drawn to when they listen to your body. Through gentle contact, the therapist engages with subtle movements and forces within the body. A healthy body expresses a natural rhythmic motion (Craniosacral motion) . Disturbances to our health are indicated by restrictions to this natural movement. Treatment involves releasing these restrictions and tensions to restore health and vitality.
During a treatment you may feel heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations. It can take a few sessions to understand what you are feeling during a treatment. You may find that the reason for your initial visit, isn’t the thing that heals itself first. Your body sets the pace for healing and it will heal what it feels is most important rather than what you think should happen
Because we work at a deep level CST can help to resolve unexplained or on going ill health that isn’t being resolved by other means
After a session and in the longer term
Occasionally there is a short period of readjustment as part of the healing process. If this happens you may become more aware of your symptoms as your body adjusts to the release of tensions and restrictions.
Some people report relief after one or two sessions and return for follow ups occasionally. For others, and perhaps those with longer standing issues, we may recommend further sessions on a regular basis. Some people find they benefit from regular treatments over an extended period of time and notice improvement in their physical and emotional symptoms. They report having more awareness of their own needs and strengths and find their quality of life has improved.