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What is Craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a way of assessing and treating the whole body by using very gentle/ light touch and mobilisations. It is a safe, non-intrusive, but potent hands-on therapy. The light touch enables restictions at a much deeper level to release, the tissues to relax and self-correct. Often these restrictions, absorbed on a daily basis, become so embedded we become unconscious of them. Yet we keep getting repetitive aches, discomfort and unease physically, emotionally and in our general well-being. These deep held restrictions may be causing wider health problems, sleep problems, anxiety.

The principle of CST is that the body is perfectly able to mend and repair itself, the therapist merely facilitates this process. A client’s body shows the therapist what needs to happen for change. Often it is at a part of the body very different to the area where the client is experiencing any problems. The body can cleverly adapt and compensate to issues within it, creating patterns of restrictions which can ripple from head to toe. Craniosacral therapy can often uncover and address the deeper causes of our symptoms.


What does a Craniosacral treatment consists of?

The client is fully clothed and comfortable, usually lying down on the treatment couch.

The treatment will last about 50 minutes. Each treatment is highly individual, the therapist is guided by what the client’s body is showing on that particular day. The lighter touch of this kind of treatment is deeply relaxing which allows the body to change and release, self-correct and move towards a more effective, healthy and comfortable way of being.

The therapist will assess the client’s body for where there may be some restrictions. These are then encouraged to release by using some very gentle but precise and effective techniques. The therapist will assess the whole body and treat where is needed. Some of the treatment may be on the head or torso, but often it can also be an arm or leg as well.



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What you may notice

People tend to have different levels of body awareness. Some people may not feel very much at all for the first session. This does not mean that nothing is happening, it’s just that you are not used to noticing the more subtle sensations of change. As you become more used to craniosacral therapy and the lighter touch, your body becomes more and more attuned and you more easily notice the changes which happen.

Sensations to look out for may be subtle tingling, fizzing or buzzing sensations. Heat or colder patches, a ‘pulsing’ in an area. Sometimes a sensation similar to that of when a breeze blows across your skin, but from deeper within the body. These are all sensations of tissue release and rearranging. They can continue on for a couple of days after the treatment.


How can it help me? 

CST can help with a wide range of problems of pain, discomfort and dysfunction:

Do you have stress, anxiety problems and perhaps insomnia?

Perhaps you grind your teeth, have face and jaw pain, problems with your TMJ? Did you ever wear a brace?

Have you any post-surgery restrictions?

Do you have any hormonal problems?

Does chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or post-COVID problems affect you?

Do you have respiratory issues or digestive problems? Asthma, emphysema, IBS?

Neck pain, back pain, headaches and migraines?


How many Craniosacral Therapy sessions will I need?

After a session there is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process, when you may become more aware of symptoms. Some people report relief after only one or two sessions. For long standing issues further sessions may be needed. Some people find they benefit from regular treatments, noticing an improvement in physical and/or emotional symptoms and increased self-awareness. Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s, even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own.


Where does CST come from?

Craniosacral therapy was developed by  osteopath physician called Dr John E Upledger after extensive clinical research at Michigan State University. The Upledger Institute International  was established in 1985 and has trained more than 125,000 therapists worldwide since.


In Summary……

CST complements and stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. It has an ability to bolster resistance to disease and many people have begun to use it on a regular basis as a preventative health measure.

I am a certified Craniosacral Therapist from the Upledger Institute and a member of the Craniosacral Society.

I discovered CST and it’s powerful effects just a few years ago and have been training in this practice ever since. I am constantly amazed at what it can do and achieve, and feel very priviledged  and excited to be able to use this practice with my clients.  With regular treatments myself, I find each time presents a new and interesting piece of the body’s jigsaw.




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