What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on therapy believed to assist the body’s natural capacity for self-healing. It is said to have originated in the USA around 100 years ago from Osteopaths who felt they had developed discoveries about the body’s subtle physiology.
Their impression was that there is a rhythmic movement in all cells in the body which is vital to life. This was named the ‘craniosacral motion’ and is believed to be so subtle that it is barely measurable with instruments, but a trained therapist is able to perceive it. Development of these discoveries has evolved and refined the therapy into the unique style of deep listening which it is today.
You will be asked to lie on a treatment bed fully clothed while the therapist’s hands make a light contact; the treatment lasts one hour. Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel the subtle motion in the body through their hands, giving them a sense of where there is congestion or restriction; facilitating a deep stillness and relaxation.
Restrictions are believed to show up in the way that craniosacral motion is expressed. Therapists believe they provide an opportunity for the body to let go of its restriction by working with the sensed subtle rhythmic motions (particularly the head, spine and pelvis). The free and balanced expression of these motions is believed to be related to our state of health and vitality. Craniosacral recognises the interconnection between mind and body and can facilitate this natural propensity for balance and a feeling of well-being through the deep stillness accessed. Clients have the impression of returning to an easier way of functioning; bringing greater ease on mental or emotional levels as well as to the body. Resulting in a deep sense of relaxation.
Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly. The treatment is extremely gentle with no manipulation involved. The calming and relaxing touch of the therapist gives a sense of easing a system that is restless and irritable.
How Are Restrictions Felt To Occur?
The body’s tissues suffer trauma in response to physical knocks or emotional stress. If the shock is severe and particularly if accompanied by strong emotions the tissues may stay contracted. When these remain in the body they restrict the body’s functioning and can give rise to problems over the years. These problems can be from emotional trauma (such as stress, depression, or anxiety) or physical (such as migraine, digestive disorders or back pain).
How Is Craniosacral Therapy Felt To Address These Restrictions?
Craniosacral Therapists believe that they find the areas of congestion or restriction by feeling the craniosacral motion. By the therapist using a range of non-invasive therapeutic techniques with their hands to amplify the pattern the body is holding they feel they provide an opportunity for the body to let go of its restriction and return to an easier way of functioning, thus giving the sense of freeing the energy which the body was previously using to hold itself in contraction.
You don’t have to be ill to feel you benefit from Craniosacral Therapy as many people use the treatment to increase their sense of vitality and well-being. They maintain their equilibrium by having regular treatments.
It does not claim to cure all but has been shown to support the healing of many chronic or acute conditions.
Marie trained with the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CCST) in London, which is the first and most established college of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in Europe. Please contact Marie to discuss how this treatment may help you.
Craniosacral therapy in Richmond, North Yorkshire & Darlington, County Durham - Allows the body to let go of restrictions, bringing ease on physical, mental and emotional levels.