Gill Hartley RCST   MET(Adv)Holistic Therapies for Mind, Body & Spirit


Craniosacral  Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a combination of gentle therapeutic touch and compassionate, non-judgmental presence to engage with and support the body’s natural healing abilities. Although Craniosacral Therapy sounds like it only refers to the head, in fact it is holistic and works with the whole person.  So during or after a session, changes may occur in the body, mind or spirit.
Our bodies do an amazing job of finding ways to work around the stresses and strains of modern living and traumatic experiences, such as car accidents, surgery, or emotional challenges.  Given the support and care it needs, the body has a natural ability to heal itself.  However, for a variety of reasons, this isn’t always possible for it to achieve on its own.  Craniosacral Therapy provides support, both physically and emotionally, so that the body can more easily make the necessary corrections to restore harmony, vitality and balance and be able to function again as it should.
Craniosacral Therapy uses light touch and compassionate presence to listen to your body 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 and this reminds it of its healing options. 
One common experience during and after a Craniosacral session is a feeling that you have been heard, in the truest sense of the word.  Other comments have included feeling comforted, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation, a sense of an inner connection, feeling more together, of being whole again.

Could  it  help  me?

You may possibly be looking to have Craniosacral Therapy because you’re experiencing physical problems like headaches or a bad back, or you may be struggling to cope emotionally due to relationship challenges or because you’re feeling overwhelmed with the general stresses of life.  Some don’t even have any specific problems; they just want to feel really good so they can enjoy life more fully.
As Craniosacral Therapy supports your body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself, it can be useful in reducing stress and helping to restore your underlying energy. Tensions in the body can release in a supported and comfortable way, so that during or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and an improved sense of well-being.
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.

How  does  it  work?

This is the technical bit.…which I’m afraid can’t be explained without a little bit of anatomy!  However, the good news is, you don’t need to understand any of this for you to be able to have effective treatment sessions.  Your body knows how it’s out of balance and its own inner wisdom tells it what it needs to do, and in what order, for it to be able to restore health and balance.
Craniosacral Therapy gets its name from ‘cranio’ – a reference to the cranium, our skull - and ‘sacral’, referring to the sacrum, the bone at the base of the spine which connects the lower vertebrae to the tailbone. 
A major consideration in the overall health of the body is the flow and drive of the cerebrospinal fluid (or CSF), which protectively surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system.  CSF flows between the cranium and the sacrum, and all the body’s tissues and structures respond to this flow with a subtle movement called craniosacral motion.
When the body is healthy and in balance, then it can express its craniosacral motion fully and without restriction so that all the body’s systems can function well.  However, when it’s compromised or holding a compression for any reason (the origins of which could be physical or emotional – every experience has an effect on the body), then the craniosacral motion also becomes compromised and symptoms can develop. 
So symptoms are just the body’s way of telling us that we’re out of balance and need some attention, and Craniosacral Therapy is an excellent way of doing just that.

If you feel that Craniosacral Therapy is just what you need, and would like to book a session, then simply phone 01276 64935, or send me an email by clicking here.

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