Craniosacral TherapyCraniosacral therapy, the theory that underlies it and the treatments described below are not recognised by the established medical and scientific authorities as having any scientifically verifiable benefit. Though what I describe and the views I express below represent my own profoundly and sincerely held views I make no claim as to any efficacy the therapy may offer in any specific case or generally.
Much of the work I do addresses the interface between the mental, emotional and physical aspects of the human body. I believe none of these exists in isolation. If a patient is suffering from a physical problem , I will look at what is happening to that person on an emotional/mental level, and perhaps more specifically what was happening in their lives when the physical condition first started. Then I will bring this information to bear on what I offer the patient. Likewise, if someone is suffering from emotional disturbances, I will investigate their nutritional status.
Craniosacral work is well-suited to this philosophy. The practitioner is accessing the craniosacral system which, although it would seem to embrace simply the sacrum, the cranium and the spine, does in fact reach out to all parts, every cell of the body because of the link with the brain and nervous system.
A craniosacral therapist by very gently touching the fully clothed body listens with her hands to what the body is saying. A trained therapist will aim to pick up where the blockages are in the system and then use very gentle techniques to attempt to help the body to clear those blockages.
Everything that happens to a person in their lives from the moment of conception is stored in the cell memory, (Most of us recognise that sometimes a certain smell or a tune can evoke the memory of a time in the past.) Sometimes these memories can cause blocks to well-being, and create patterns of ill health. I believe Craniosacral therapy has the capacity to clear negative cell memory and to help the organism on its journey towards good health.
What happens in a session?A case history is taken. Then the patent lies fully clothed on a couch while the practitioner touches and holds various parts of the body, most often the feet, parts of the head and the back. The patient will feel very gentle movements of the therapist’s hands, and in addition may experience a variety of sensations eg tingling, pulsating, seeing colours, images, recalling memories and many more, usually pleasurable. If at any time it becomes uncomfortable in any way the patient should tell the therapist who will then adjust the techniques so that whatever is being released , happens at a pace which is more acceptable to the patient. The patient is in control.
How long does a session last?Anything from 20 minutes to an hour. This will depend on the severity of the case, the age of the patient and many other factors usually following a discussion with the therapist.
How many sessions will I need?That depends on many factors. If you are suffering from a fairly severe problem then probably once a week for a few weeks then dropping down to once a month. Some people use the therapy as part of a health maintenance programme and have monthly sessions or perhaps e.g. four times a year.
Who is it for?With all of the therapies I use I stress that the therapy is not 'treating' an 'illness' in the conventional sense. The therapy is addressing the person, and the whole person at that. So you may be suffering from a knee condition, and find that I am not touching your knee but focussing on your lower back or your shoulder. I will be addressing the whole person, with the aim that the body can heal itself.
People seek Craniosacral Therapy for a variety of reasons . People have come to my clinic, having been diagnosed by their doctor with one or more of the following conditions:
Back pain , joint problems, shoulder and neck problems, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, torticollis, sciatica, muscular aches, headaches, migraines, visual disturbances, sinus problems, TMJ problems, sinus afflictions, asthma, IBS, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, ME, sleep difficulties, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, dyslexia, vertigo, labyrynthitis, menstrual difficulties, baby colic and feeding difficulties, effects of birth trauma
This therapy can be used by any age group from newborn to the elderly. An assessment of the craniosacral system within two weeks of being born is thought by Craniosacral Therapists to be extremely beneficial for babies.Treatment is not recommended immediately following strokes, clots or aneurisms. This should be discussed with the practitioner.
For an informal chat about Craniosacral Therapy, please call me on 020 8446 7935.