Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands-on therapy that works with the whole person, not just the head and lower back. When a Craniosacral therapist places her hands lightly on you, she is using them to listen to you in much the same way a counsellor might listen to your words. Your body responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. A feeling that you have been truly heard is a common experience during and after a Craniosacral session.
Because this treatment is non-invasive and subtle, it is ideal for people going through traumatic illnesses or life experiences. It supports the body to recuperate and build up lost energy. People receiving this treatment report they let go of tension and fear and cope better with the difficulties they face.
What to expect from a Craniosacral session
Your practitioner will take a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to establish a good understanding with your practitioner. The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary.
You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated. The practitioner makes light contact with your head, the base of your spine and other areas of the body, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. Because the body functions as a whole, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
Craniosacral therapy is not intended as primary healthcare, but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.
In the longer term
After a session, there is occasionally a short period of adjustment, as part of the healing process, where you may become more aware of your symptoms. Sometimes people report relief after only one or two sessions. For long-standing problems, further sessions may be needed. Some people find they benefit from regular treatment over an extended period of time and say that, as well as noticing improvement in their physical and emotional symptoms, they feel they have more awareness of their own needs and strengths, and their quality of life has improved.
Where to find a practitioner
The Craniosacral Therapy Association is the largest Craniosacral therapy organisation in the UK and all our members are fully qualified, have liability insurance, do regular continuing professional development and all have up-to-date first aid certificates.
Our website is www.craniosacral.co.uk and on the home page there is more information about the therapy as well as a ‘find a practitioner’ button. On the home page is also a section on research, where various articles are highlighted.Information kindly supplied by: The Secretary Craniosacral Therapy Association Monomark House 27 Old Gloucester Street London WC1N 3XX Tel. 0844 700 2358 Email: secretary@craniosacral. co.uk