What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, powerful, and effective hands-on therapy that supports the body’s natural capacity to manage change and find health. Craniosacral therapists believe that by releasing tensions deep within the central nervous system they can relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health and performance.
Craniosacral therapy concentrates on the full health potential of an individual, working with the patient’s inner resources to access levels of stillness, balance and inner calm. Health may be felt on all levels: physical, psychological and emotional.
What does craniosacral therapy involve?
Jane will assess the nature and extent of your problems and ask some questions about your general health, and lifestyle. She will then ask you to lie down and through gentle touch, will use her hands to listen to and assess the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion, and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. She identifies and corrects restrictions around the central nervous system using soft-touch techniques to release restrictions in the affected tissues. Patients will often experience a sense of profound relaxation during their treatment, as tension held deep within the memory of their tissues is released.
Why choose craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle and safe therapeutic treatment. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, craniosacral therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure, and is used to treat a wide range of medical problems associated with physical and emotional pain.
Jane has attended specialist training in CranioSacral Therapy for conception and pregnancy, and paediatrics with the Upledger Institute.
How does craniosacral therapy work?
Craniosacral therapy works on the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord, which together form the central nervous system.
In adapting to and compensating for the stresses and strains of daily life, our body tissues can tighten and distort the craniosacral system, causing tension around the brain and spinal cord. These restrictions affect the healthy performance of the central nervous system and that has an impact on our general health, how we feel, and potentially every other bodily system it interacts with.
Alleviate common problems
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct; craniosacral therapy may help alleviate a wide range of problems, from chronic pain, back and neck problems, migraines, uncomfortable pregnancy-related symptoms and sports injuries, to stroke and neurological impairment. It also helps to safely treat emotional dysfunction held in the body’s ‘tissue memory’ as a result of accidents, operations and emotional stressors.
Babies and children
One of the best known uses of craniosacral therapy is to treat babies and children to alleviate colic, restlessness, sleep problems and unsettled behaviour. Even the easiest of births put extraordinary strain on the baby. Quick deliveries, the use of suction, forceps or caesarean section, may all add to the compressive or stressful influences on the baby’s body. Restoring balance to the nervous system often has a marked effect on the baby’s well-being.