Craniosacral therapy is a gentle approach to healing the body, mind and spirit which supports emotional and physical resilience. It is suitable for people of all ages and can treat a wide variety of conditions.
Craniosacral therapy techniques were developed from osteopathic traditions and are based on the idea that the body is a self regulating system.
The therapist uses a light touch contact on a clothed body to connect with the subtle rhythmic motion of the fluids surrounding the brain and spine, the cerebrospinal fluid. The practitioner ‘listens’ through her/his hands to what is going on in the body which allows for realignment, self-healing, rebalancing and a deep sense of relaxation.
Craniosacral therapy is particularly effective in working with stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders as it helps to down-regulate the nervous system.
During a session
Sessions last 55 minutes and begin with a case history. As a client, you remain fully clothed and lie either face up or on your side on the massage table. Gentle contact is made with your head, the base of your spine, and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs.
In the longer term
After a session, you may feel tired as the body re-sets, with reports of heavy night sleeps following sessions. For some, Craniosacral therapy is used as a regular way of maintaining health and energy levels, visiting monthly or every 6 weeks, to support alongside life’s changes. For others it is used for long-standing issues such as headaches, anxiety, sleep disorders or PTSD, where a course of sessions is most effective. A course of 3-6 sessions is initially recommended depending on the issue, with regular review on progress & physical response to treatment.
Craniosacral helps re-regulate the nervous system after an event of shock or sustained activation. The layers of our nervous system (such as fight or flight, & freeze) are in the short-term highly effective survival strategies, however if sustained in the long-term change the body’s physiological function causes dis-regulation of the stress hormones, digestive issues and a lower ability to cope with life’s challenges.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.
Castro-Sánchez et al. (2016) – Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial