What is Craniosacral Therapy?

A hands-on therapy which assists the body's natural capacity for self-repair. It was developed from discoveries about the body's subtle physiology made by osteopaths in the USA around 100 years ago. These findings show that all cells in the body express a rhythmic movement which is fundamental to life and which has been called craniosacral motion.

At the core of the body, cerebrospinal fluid which bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord, expresses this motion in a tide-like ebb and flow; while bones, organs and other structures in th body follow their own particular patterns of movement. This motion is so subtle that it is barely measurable with instrument, but a trained therapist is able to perceive it.

In response to physical or emotional stress, the body's tissues contract and sometimes in the event of severe shock or trauma, they stay contracted. This restricts the body's functioning and if unresolved, may cause problems over the years. Effects may be physical e.g. back pain, migraine or digestive disorders and/or emotional e.g. anxiety and depression.

These restrictions can show up in the way that the craniosacral motion is expressed. Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel this subtle motion and to find where there is congestion or restriction. They use their hands to amplify the pattern the body is holding and enabl;e the body to let go of its restriction and return to an easier way of functioning. This in turn frees the energy which the body was previously using to hold itself in contraction. The result can be an increase in energy and greater ease on both mental and/or emotional levels.

What Happens During a Treatment?

Usually you lie on a treatment couch and the therapists hands make a light contact with your body. Using their hands to 'listen' to the craniosacral rhythms, the therapist identifies and helps to relieve any pain or tension held there. This gentle approach does not use manipulation. You may feel a deep sense of relaxation and become aware of heat, tingling, pulsing or other sensations. The session is client-led - your body sets the pace of the work so you remain comfortable, in control and able to integrate changes that occur.

You may notice that as it is your body, not your mind that sets the priorities with this therapy, the reason you came for treatment is not what actually changes first.

Some people find it takes a few sessions to get used to what they are feeling and may benefit most from a series of sessions to gian the full benefit of cumulative effects. Sea www.craniosacral.co.uk for further information or ring the clinic for Shabdam's direct contact details.