Cranio Sacral Therapy (also known as Cranial Sacral Therapy) is a well-established system of healthcare that evolved over 100 years ago and was developed by Dr Sutherland and subsequently evolved by Dr Upledger amongst others.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a very safe, light touch, body-based therapy (no physical manipulation) that is beneficial for resolving both physical and/or emotional issues. Cranial Sacral Therapy facilitates whole mind-body health and balance, in particular within the nervous system and supports your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Because Cranio Sacral Therapy works WITH the body, versus forcing change upon it, lasting change and return to health is possible. Using a gentle and compassionate somatic touch technique, the vital forces that constantly generate, maintain and repair the body and restore health within the client's body are discerned, listened to and supported to express more fully and completely.
Sessions are beneficial for resolving a range of health challenges - whether physical, mental or emotional, and are also wonderfully relaxing and restorative.
How can Cranial Sacral Therapy sessions help?
Every cell in your body expresses a rhythmic movement fundamental to life. Felt as specific patterns of motion, this primary 'health' energy has powerful integrative and healing functions, and has been with us since conception.
When our health is compromised through physical, emotional or mental stressors, these natural rhythmic patterns within all of our tissues and fluids change and can become slow, compressed or 'frozen'. Cranio Sacral Therapy techniques help to discern any slow or compressed areas in your body system and support your body to reset and resolve any held physical and or emotional patterns to bring your mind-body system back to a renewed level of health.
Our nervous system in particular can be impacted by stress and tension. The nervous system is the overarching control system of your body. When it is compromised or activated by a stress response, other aspects of the body can be affected causing neuromuscular and fascia restrictions, compromised organ function, as well as metabolic and hormonal imbalances and mood and emotional shifts.
Craniosacral Therapy helps reset the nervous system by supporting a lowering of the sympathetic nervous system fight/flight response whilst enhancing the parasympathetic nervous system rest/relaxation response.
"The Nervous System is the overarching control system of your body. It controls every cell, muscle and organ, and links body to mind."
What happens during a session?
A session begins with a discussion about your health concerns and what you'd like support with, and a comprehensive case history is taken. During the actual treatment session, clients lie on a comfortable treatment table (or in a chair if unable to recline), fully clothed and usually covered by a towel/blanket.
Using gentle palpatation techniques, deep listening and somatic (body) sensory skills, areas of restriction and reduced health are discerned. Working with the body's inherent intelligence to heal, I then help facilitate the release of tension and ill-health patterning throughout the body.
Various holding positions around the body are utilised - a session typically starts with me working at the ankles then moving where appropriate - often the back, shoulders, neck or head. The session will be a combination of some dialogue and gentle resting and relaxing.