Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) 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 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. 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 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. 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.

Craniosacral therapy is all about calming body and 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 increasingly validated by current thinking in neuroscience. Our therapist is qualified in both upledger and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. She also integrates physiotherapy where appropriate, providing what is just right for you.

Who delivers the therapy?

Sue Watson. Read more about her here.

Who will benefit from the therapy?

Anyone who is looking to maintain wellbeing, make improvements in their health or for personal development. The following issues can be addressed by CST:

  • Staying well: It’s not uncommon to continue with occasional regular appointments
  • Head and 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 and neck/persistent and enduring pain/joint surgery
  • Women’s health: Preparing for pregnancy/supporting pregnancy and birth/menstrual and menopausal problems/working with female energy/supporting continence rehab
  • Children and babies: Colic/sleeping and feeding difficulties/unsettled/hyperactivity/challenging behaviour/sensory integration problems/squint and surgery/dyslexia/dyscalculia/glue ear