Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on therapy, where you lie on a treatment table and experience the very light touch of the therapist's hands.
It is based on a number of findings about the body's subtle physiology which were made by osteopaths in the USA around 100 years ago.
These findings show that every cell in a healthy body expresses a rhythmic movement which is fundamental to life. This has been termed craniosacral motion.
At the core of the body, the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord, expresses this motion in a tide like ebb and flow, while the bones, organs, and other structures in the body each follow their own particular pattern of movement. This motion is so subtle that it is barely measurable with instruments. However the hands of a trained craniosacral therapist are able to perceive it.
How does Craniosacral Therapy work?
In response to physical knocks or emotional stress, the body's tissues contract. If the shock is severe, the tissues can stay contracted.
Any stresses, strains, tensions or trauma, which have been stored in the body in this way will restrict the body's functioning and may give rise to problems over the years. The effects may be both physical, such as back pain, migraine or digestive orders, or emotional such as anxiety or depression.
Restrictions in the body's functioning show up in the way that craniosacral motion is expressed. This enables a trained therapist to identify the location of congestion and restriction and the possible origin a problem.
Using the hands to reflect back to the body the pattern it is holding, the therapist provides an opportunity for the body to let go of its restrictive pattern and return to an easier mode of functioning.
As well as releasing the body's tensions. this releases the energy which the body was using to hold itself in contraction. So one of the benefits of craniosacral therapy is an increase in the level of energy available.
Is Craniosacral Therapy suitable for me?
Craniosacral therapy is so gentle that it is safe and suitable for people of all ages including babies and the elderly.
It can be used in fragile and acute situations often when other therapies may be inappropriate such as during pregnancy, after an operation or accident.
As a whole body therapy, Craniosacral Therapy may assist people with conditions such as: