Craniosacral therapy is a non-manipulative and gentle, yet extremely profound healing modality that releases tensions deep in the body, relieving the pain and dysfunction, which can improve whole-body health and performance. In doing this, Craniosacral Therapy can enable profoundly effective treatment of a wide range of conditions – from simple aches and pains to the most complex, chronic or persistent problems.
Thanks to its gentle nature it is also suited and very effective in addressing a wide range of conditions in newborns, stemming from birth-related traumas, as well as in treating the elderly.
How does Craniosacral therapy work?
Essentially, craniosacral therapy helps the body to begin resolving the effects of stress and trauma. Our natural response to trauma – be it physical knocks or emotional stresses – is for the body to contract, holding and storing the trauma. This response is a protection mechanism, which enables us to maintain balance after an experience of shock and to continue to function in our regular daily life. However, this holding and contraction over time results in a restriction of free movements and can eventually become a leading factor contributing to a wide range of health conditions.
With its focus on freedom of mobility of tissues and the body’s fluids, the therapeutic process of Craniosacral therapy identifies the areas of stagnancy or lack of mobility, through palpation, acknowledging and listening to the areas where the body is holding restriction.
What can be treated?
As Craniosacral therapy is concerned with creating and maintaining a healthy balanced state on all levels, it can be helpful in almost any condition.
The following are some examples of conditions that tend to readily benefit from this kind of treatment:
Headaches, Migraines, Sleep disturbances
Lack of clarity and Brain fog
Tension, Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Acute or Chronic Pain - back, neck, persistent anywhere in the body
Postural imbalances, Frozen shoulder, Joint disorders
Menstrual disorders, Period pains
Ear infections, Chronic tonsillitis and other ENT problems
Birth trauma - physical and psychoemotional consequences
The side- and after-effects of any acute or long-standing illness
For more information, you can visit the following websites:
Cranoiosacral Therapy Association of the UK
Craniosacral Therapy Information
Wisdom in the Body by Michael Kern
Your Inner Physician by Dr John Upledger
Craniosacral Integration by Thomas Attlee
The Heart of Listening by Hugh Milne