Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a manual therapy that enhances the body’s natural healing process.
It is a gentle hands-on method of evaluating, treating, and facilitating the improvement in function of a physiological body system called the Craniosacral system.
It is comprised of the bones, membranes & fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
All these structures are set in a gentle rhythmic motion by the movement of cerebrospinal fluid. The free flow of fluid to every tissue in the body is essential to good health.
A well-tuned craniosacral system has a systemic healing effect on the whole body.
How Can it help me?
Craniosacral therapy is beneficial to a wide range of conditions. The craniosacral system plays the vital role of helping to maintain the environment in which the central nervous system functions. When the body is under stress our autonomic nervous systems can become hypertonic, and our bodies become self-destructive and unable to lower sympathetic tone.
Craniosacral therapy assists the body to lower sympathetic tone and allows the nervous system to rest, digest and rejuvenate.
The central nervous system has an influence on nerves going to all parts of the body. A wide variety of bodily functions can be assisted to a more balanced state including, musculoskeletal, vascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, and endocrine.
With less stress in the nervous system, the body systems can then start functioning within healthy limits.
The client become more adaptable and resilient, and their bodies start to regulate themselves in a more balanced and harmonious way.
Each individual starts making healthier choices for themselves.
The Healing Power of a Gentle Touch
The craniosacral therapist uses a light, well intentioned touch to tune into restriction patterns in the body.
Using a gentle pressure, the therapist facilitates the removal of restrictive blockages that the normal self - correcting physiological forces of the body have been unable to overcome.
The therapist listens to the inner wisdom of the body and follows the cues of the body’s tissues and how it wants to unravel itself.
We assist the body’s self-correcting abilities to address underlying core problems and support long term change.
CST can be used as a preventative health measure to help us tune up and to support recovery in a range of conditions associated with pain, dysfunction, and distress.
Conditions such as chronic neck and head pain, migraines and headaches, TMJ syndrome, head and spinal injuries, anxiety and insomnia and any other symptoms related to trauma recovery can be addressed.
Because of the light touch used and non-invasive approach it is also a very safe, effective treatment for children and babies.
How many sessions will I need?
A series of sessions is usually recommended.
Each person’s response to CST treatment even when presenting with the same condition can vary. We are working with the individual and their inner wisdom, rather than the symptoms dictating the treatment. The tissues of the body tell the story and the therapist listens and follows with their hands.
Some people notice changes after one treatment. Most people notice changes by the third treatment.
It is recommended to have a series of 6 treatments spaced out over a weekly or fortnightly treatment programme.
An individual may require more treatment for deeply set restriction patterns or flare ups.
Some clients once they start their road to good health and recovery enjoy a regular treatment monthly or several times a year for a tune up.