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What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy developed from discoveries made by osteopaths in the USA around a hundred years ago. These findings show that all cells in the body express a rhythmic movement which is fundimental to life, and which has been called craniosacral motion.
At the core of the body the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord. Like the pulse of the cardiovascular system, it has a rhythm that can felt throughout the body. It expresses this motion in a tide-like ebb and flow; while bones, organs and other structures in the body follow their own particular patterns of movement.
How does it work?
Through a light touch the practitioner will be able to listen to the subtle patterns of motion within the body. Every condition affecting a person influences this movement. By responding appropriately to these patterns the Craniosacral Practitioner will be able to stimulate and enhance the body’s natural self healing mechanisms.
Why use Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy has the potential to transform these patterns of restriction and resistance in our lives at a very fundamental level, thereby supporting the body in eliminating disease and restoring health.
What does it involve?
At your first session, an indepth medical history will be taken and discussed with you. this is followed by a hands on treatment. Craniosacral Therapy is usually carried out with the client lying down, fully clothed in a quiet peaceful environment. Whilst the therapist applies a light touch to palpate either the head, feet, lower back or a combination of these. You may feel pleasant sensations of warmth, and deep relaxation.Craniosacral Therapy is client-led.Your body will set the pace of work, so you will remain comfortable, in control and able to integrate the changes that occur. Since it is your body (rather than your mind) that sets the priorities, you may find that the reason you came for treatment is not what changes first. For this reason, you may need to consider having a series of treatments to gain the full benefit of Craniosacral Therapy and its cumulative effects.
Who can be treated?
Craniosacral Therapy is totally safe and suitable for people of all ages and health conditions. As it is non intrusive and will follow the body’s own unique natural treatment plan that each condition shows as it seeks to regain health.
Craniosacral Therapy is often beneficial for fragile or acutely painful conditions, as well as during pregnancy, after an operation, accident, fall or injury. It is particularly valuable in babies and children since the establishment of healthy patterns at an early age sets patterns for the whole future of the individual, both in their health and abilities.