What is Craniosacral Therapy?

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Craniosacral therapy (CST) focuses on the ebb and flow of the CSF fluids that enfold our brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Hence “craniosacral”. ·The full expression of these tides can be impacted by anything from emotional difficulties to minor accidents or deep trauma. The aim of treatment is to allow the receiver to achieve a deep state of relaxation in which the fundamental health of their body-mind (homeostasis) can be allowed to work unhindered and restore wellbeing.

Some clients use sessions for purely physical complaints such as migraines, recovery from accidents or clearing sinus problems; others find CST very helpful for self development ·as it helps to release emotional and mental 'stuckness' (perhaps reflected in physical pain, repetitive behaviours or self-limiting beliefs). Indeed some of our patterning can be laid down very early in life.

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What can I expect from a session?

On your first visit you will be asked to fill in a detailed health history. This is ·followed by an informal chat.·You will then be asked to lie fully clothed on a comfortable couch. The practitioner will guide you into relaxation before using a light touch of the hands to palpate or ‘listen’ to the body’s tissues. You will be encouraged to communicate anything you may be experiencing as you relax gradually to a level beneath the surface waves and stresses of the everyday and into deeper, more tranquil state of being.

Each session is very different, depending on what is “brought to the table”. For some receivers it may take several treatments before you are able·enter into·a relaxed state.

 

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Interesting facts

1. The pioneer behind CST was the osteopath William Garner Sutherland. In 1929, after personal experimentation, he published his groundbreaking discovery that the delicate bones of the·skull move in subtle response to a tidal·form of breathing. This he called Primary Respiration.
2.·The practitioner’s task is to create a truly safe and relaxing holding environment. Michael Shea, a leading US craniosacral practitioner, has observed this holding field to be a recreation of the resonance a mother has naturally with her unborn child, linked heart to heart through their connected circulatory and respiratory mechanisms.
3. Because of the gentle nature of the treatment,·CST·can be practiced on people of all ages and stages of life, including children and babies.