What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands on treatment which evolved from Osteopathy and takes a whole person approach to healing by reducing stress and tensions within the body.
Despite its gentle approach it is a powerful therapy that affects the central nervous system to assist in improving function in the whole body.
Around 100 years ago, Dr William Sutherland, discovered that all the tissues of the body express a rhythmic movement or ‘craniosacral motion’. The cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain and spinal cord, expresses this motion in a wave like flow. The restriction of this flow and motion can occur as a result of physical or emotional trauma - accidents or falls, stress, toxicity, past trauma, shock or unresolved and unexpressed emotions.
A Craniosacral therapist uses very gentle touch and listens to the body through the hands to find out where these restrictions are. The aim is to help the body to release these tensions and contractions usually just by the application of light pressure, supporting the natural rhythm and flow to return.
This is often followed by the improvement of specific symptoms, improved vitality and a greater sense of calm and wellbeing.
People often seek help with the following
Crying and unsettled babies
Problems with feeding and sleeping
Digestive issues including colic
Treatment following birth
Learning difficulties and hyperactivity
Glue ear, recurrent ear and sinus infections
Behavioural problems, sleep disturbance and nightmares
Muscular aches and strains; skeletal problems
General pain relief, including Migraine, neck pain and back pain
Sinusitis; Insomnia; Fatigue
Anxiety and stress related conditions, disorders and teeth grinding
Support during pregnancy and preparation for labour
During a treatment, you will usually lie on your back on a treatment couch. However if that is uncomfortable treatments can be carried out lying on the side or seated. Babies can be treated on their mother’s lap, and children may be seated and /or distracted by books or toys.
Patients remain fully clothed and a gentle touch is used to help the body release tensions and restrictions in the soft tissues which enables the craniosacral motion to restart, thereby raising vitality and well-being, and restoring its natural healing processes. We usually work with all areas between the head and the coccyx, but often, the whole body is involved in the treatment.
Some clients may have a sense of deep relaxation; some may experience pleasant sensations such as tingling, muscles relaxing or heat, some simply fall asleep. Everyone is different and each one of us will react differently and heal at different speeds. The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself – Craniosacral Therapy supports that capacity. Many people feel benefits after only one treatment, however if symptoms are long standing, it may take longer. Appointments usually last around an hour, the first treatment will be longer.
What people say...
I have suffered from back pain for more than 20 years, not helped by poor posture and a lot of long distance travel by car and plane. I regularly saw chiropractors and osteopaths but had always been sceptical of cranial osteopathy and especially CST, until I met Lindsey. Lindsey is extremely knowledgeable about the ‘science’ behind the treatment which for a sceptic like me was really helpful. Lindsey also has a lovely way about her which instantly makes you feel at ease during treatment. I had 2 sessions with Lindsey over 2 months ago and I haven’t had back pain since despite a number of long haul flights and taking up running again, which is always a catalyst for discomfort for me. The treatment has also helped with my heartburn and even more amazingly simply makes me feel incredibly relaxed and calmer with the world.
What people say...
Lindsey is a truly holistic healer. I started my cranio-sacral therapy as part of my alternative health regime on my road to recovering from cancer. The therapy is deeply relaxing and I always feel so much better, physically and emotionally, after my treatments.
Lindsey draws on all her talent and knowledge to give an exceptional experience to her clients. If you are looking for cranio-sacral therapy I recommend Lindsey without any hesitation.