Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is delivered in Stirling by Sue Watson

Craniosacral therapy is hands-on therapy that uses a light-touch contact to enhance health by easing restrictions, improving movement and restoring balance – subtle in nature yet profound in effect.

The therapist uses a highly developed sense of awareness to ‘tune in’ to subtle changes in the tissues and systems of the body, inviting the source of the problem to be ‘heard’, rather than the focus being on the problem.  The body is then held using a particular quality of touch, supporting any changes that need to occur and may be very still or involved well supported movement.  This process assists in the rebalancing, settling and soothing of an often over protective and activated nervous system – bringing about calmness, helping reduce anxiety and pain, and supporting rest and digestion. Using slow and well negotiated contact can act as a powerful catalyst for change.

Working in this way helps address the ‘bigger picture’ of health.  Many of the problems we see in clinic arise when we can no longer keep adapting and compensating to the stresses of life; the more flexible and resilient our system, the better we feel.  And speaking of feeling – another important aspect of cst is exploring how we feel.  This can be tricky if you’re not used to or have difficulty connecting with your body.  This is a gift of the work, and one that the therapist will guide you through – we can learn to change behaviours when we can really feel what’s happening.

The therapist will provide focused attention on your reason for attending, discuss your hopes and expectations and negotiate contact in a way that suits you.  This is provided in a calm and safe therapeutic space, fully clothed and in a comfortable position.

Craniosacral therapy is all about calming body & mind, gaining flexibility (physical and mental), encouraging the movement of fluids, connecting with vitality and developing resources to help ourselves. Although the experience can be both difficult to describe and explain, the effects and the processes at work are being increasingly understood and validated by current thinking in neuroscience.

Upledger & biodynamic craniosacral therapy are available at the clinic; our therapist is qualified in both, she also integrates physiotherapy where appropriate, providing what is just right for you.

Who will benefit?

Anyone who is looking to maintain wellbeing, make improvements in their health or for personal development.

Staying well: It’s not uncommon to continue with occasional regular apt’s

Head & neck: Neck pain and stiffness/ whiplash/migraine/headache/tinnitus/TMJ/jaw problems/pre and post orthodontic work/neuralgia

Gut Health: IBS/constipation/digestive problems/anxiety

Depletion: Chronic fatigue, ME, emotional stress, low energy – particularly helpful for systems that need a boost, insomnia

Chronic and long-term conditions – MS/Parkinson’s disease/COPD/Asthma/autoimmune

Palliative care – supporting end of life, working with anxiety, finding ease, carer support

Joint and movement difficulties – back & neck/persistent and enduring pain/joint surgery

Women’s Health: Preparing for pregnancy/supporting pregnancy & birth/menstrual & menopausal problems/working with female energy/supporting continence rehab

Children & babies: Colic/sleeping & feeding difficulties/unsettled/hyperactivity/challenging behaviour/sensory integration problems/squint & surgery/dyslexia/dyscalculia/glue ear