People sometimes ask about the name Craniosacral Therapy and think it only refers to the head. In fact Craniosacral therapy works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions.
When a Craniosacral therapist places her hands lightly on you, she is using them to listen to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. Your body responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. A feeling that you have been heard in the truest sense of the word is a common experience during and after the a Craniosacral session.
These are some of the words and phrases that people have used to describe their experience of Craniosacral Therapy:
“Comforting, inner peace, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation, connection,feeling accepted, feeling more fully alive, put back in one piece, feeling whole again”.
Who is it for ?
People may come for Craniosacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life's challenges.
Because it is so gentle and non-invasive , Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.
During a session
I will take a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important , both for gathering information and to establish a good understanding as a practitioner. The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually face up or on your side, or you may be seated. Light contact is made with the head via my practitioners’ hands, the base of the spine, and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. Because the body functions as a whole, I may well focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.
In the longer term
After a session there is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process, where you may become more aware of symptoms. Sometimes people report after only one or two sessions. For long standing problems further sessions may be needed. Some people find they benefit from regular treatment over an extended period of time and sy that , as well as noticing improvement in their physical or emotional symptoms, they feel that they have more awareness of their own needs and strengths, and their quality of life has improved.