What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is hands-on therapy using light contact that is subtle in nature yet profound in effect, enhancing health and vitality by easing restrictions, improving movement and restoring balance.
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 to support any changes that need to occur and may be very still or involve 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 – often a powerful catalyst for change. 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.
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 – a skill the therapist will guide you through.
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is the name of the process that attends to the emotional aspect of the therapy, supporting the release of feelings and emotions that can seem trapped in the tissues.
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.
Treatment is fully clothed and in a comfortable position.
Who will benefit?
Anyone who is looking to maintain wellbeing, make improvements in their health or for personal development.
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/intolerances
Depletion: Burnout, post viral and 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/adrenal fatigue/thyroid/parathyroid
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
Supporting the Supporters – Maintaining resilience and vitality for those that hold space for others.
Staying well: It’s not uncommon to continue with occasional regular appointments
Children & babies: Colic/sleeping & feeding difficulties/unsettled/hyperactivity/challenging behaviour/sensory integration problems/squint & surgery/dyslexia/dyscalculia/glue ear
Who delivers the therapy?
Sue Watson. Read more about her here.