Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy was developed in the early twentieth century by William Garner Sutherland, an osteopath. He identified and named the Primary Respiratory System. This is the fluctuations of the cerebrospinal fluid that as an energy flow passes throughout the nervous system and affects the whole body.

Via experimentation, he found that manipulation applied as an outside force to the body was not the only way to affect adjustment and correction. He discovered that a very light touch with stillness as opposed to movement rightly applied allows the body to adjust itself. The principle is that through this very light touch one can experience the underlying rhythms of the Primary Respiratory System and also disturbances in the balance of normal tension of the nerves and muscles. If through this gentle palpation the body under one’s hands can relax, then the muscle/nerve can resume a state of balanced tension.

We all gather experiences as we progress through life and some leave their mark on us. Such events can leave a residual strain or stress within our emotional and physical life. We are all in various ways subject to tension, either through the impact of things like an accident, surgery, dental work, emotional events in our lives, or even through our own birth process.

Craniosacral therapists ‘listen’ to the tissue, muscles and nervous system of the client through the lightest of touch. It is through this very light touch that a deep stillness can arise and healing within the client can take place. It often is experienced as a very deep relaxation which strengthens the client against their condition.

Conditions that Craniosacral therapy can help.

  • Recovery from surgery
  • Shock, physiological, psychological
  • Any form of trauma
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Postdentistry or Orthordontistry
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Neurological disturbances
  • Whiplash
  • Digestive disorders
  • sinusitis
  • Ear-ache and baby cholic
  • Traumatic birth experience for child and mother
  • Tinnitus

What you can expect

At the first appointment I shall take a relevant history and get to know my new client. We will then move to the treatment couch (the client remains fully clothed). When the client feels comfortable and at ease I will gently begin ‘listening with my hands’ to the client’s system/body. Craniosacral therapy is non manipulative. I may start at the feet, or the shoulders or head. The bones of the head and spine carry the main focus but if there is a reason to address other areas, everywhere responds well to the light therapeutic touch. It is a situation of gentle trust during which time the client allows herself to release the tensions which have been impeding her daily life.

Babies and children

The moment of birth is wonderful but for this arrival both mother and baby have been on a long journey together. Sensitivity to the change from being safely within the womb tells us that the baby has in normal circumstances had to push its way through the birth canal, which not only is a tremendous effort, but also a tight squeeze. The design of the baby’s skull is such that it can accommodate such pressure by the bones moving. Every natural birth has this pressure. Some babies are assisted with forceps or other methods, and it may take time for the baby to recover from the compression which inevitably occurs. The bones of the skull left to themselves return to their rightful positions, but it can be that it takes longer to resolve and can be responsible for some early infancy problems: over excited nervous system, perhaps leading to baby cholic, crying a lot, not sleeping soundly, headaches. Craniosacral therapy can offer release. Other interventions such as Caesarian section can also leave the baby feeling shocked.

Treating the baby is sometimes best approached by treating Mum and baby together.

As the baby grows and develops there are moments again when it would be helpful to touch in with this quiet and gentle approach, reasserting the health- giving relaxation that can act as a resource. Children who time and again experience treatments have the advantage of developing a good response to this type of treatment, which we as adults may have to learn.