Craniosacral Therapy

This is a form of healing which through light touch, facilitates the body's natural powers of self-healing. At the core of the craniosacral system are the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and which create the subtle motions and pulsations throughout the whole body. These different tie-like pulsations are in interface enabling the therapist to make a connection with the organising forces of life. In craniosacral therapy, palpating these pulsations enables therapists to access the forces of life and to make a therapeutic relationship with the body-mind through their hands. Thus therapists can gently release tensions and restrictions from past (or current) illnesses, accidents, emotional trauma, etc. It is a non-manipulative discipline that has developed from the same roots as cranial osteopathy.

How Does It Work?
The therapy is based on observations that, for the healing process to develop spontaneously, it is often enough to really listen through palpation. To do this the therapist puts preconception to one side. Cranial therapists are also trained to make a variety of interventions if appropriate. By focusing on the body's internal rhythms and allowing restriction to change, therapists help the client to learn, on both a conscious and sub-conscious personal level, how to recognise and release area that my be causing illness or hindering recovery. The therapist will always also be aware of the anatomical structure of the person he or she working with and use that to guide the treatment. Therapists recognise a number of different rhythms or "tides"; the slower tides are thought to be more related to deeper levels of healing.

What does it involve?
Clients casually lie, or sometimes sit, fully clothes on a comfortable treatment table. The therapist uses his or her hand to "listen with the hand" to the boy's subtle rhythms and then engages the tissue of the client's system. The hand may be still for quite long periods of time. It feels different to everyone, you may feel heat or cold, tingling sensations, gently pulsing or sense of deep relaxation.