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Craniosacral Therapy

 

What is the Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle treatment, allowing the body's innate healing power to restore the natural balance of the body. It calms the nervous system, releases restriction of the muscles and bones, and promotes the flow of energy throughout the body.

People come for Craniosacral therapy with musculoskeletal problems, digestive conditions, psycho-emotional issues, support for pregnancy and babies, and many more. Clients usually experience deep relaxation during the session and feel refreshed and energised.

With calm presence, the practitioner uses an exceptionally light touch and tunes into the subtle rhythmic motion of the body. The treatment encourages the self-healing process allowing the body to unwind naturally.

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Who is it for?

Craniosacral therapy is a safe and gentle treatment suitable for anyone from babies to old people.

 

It primarily engages with the whole person and helps to enhance the body’s innate healing power.

 

People come to craniosacral treatment with a variety of conditions such as:

  • Back pain

  • neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Headache

  • Asthma

  • Colic

  • Birth trauma

  • Sacroiliac joint pain

  • Pregnancy

  • Tinnitus

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Psychological and physical trauma

 

What happens in a treatment?​

During the treatment, I place my hands very gently on your body and listen to see where the restriction, disturbance, and imbalances are. The body has its natural rhythm and powerful healing potential. By tuning into it, the body gradually unfolds and balances itself. Craniosacral therapy is an extremely subtle work but can have a profound effect on the body and mind, integrating the whole person. 

Clothing:
Please wear loose-fitting trousers and bring a clean pair of socks. ​

Cancellation policy:
Please give at least 24hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. Missed appointments or cancellations of less than 24hours notice will be charged for the session.

I am a qualified practitioner and a member of the Craniosacral therapy association. I practice in north London, Exeter and Totnes.

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The History of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy developed out of osteopathy. Andrew Taylor Still (1828 –1917), the founder of osteopathy, was a physician but became disillusioned by the medical practice of the time, especially the use of some chemicals such as mercury chloride which caused more harm than good. He dedicated his life to studying the human body and developing the method of manipulating the musculoskeletal system. He thought that the body’s natural healing potential could be enhanced and heal itself if the blockage had been removed. He looked for an alternative approach for treatments and advocated preventive medicine, treating the whole person rather than purely focusing on specific symptoms.

Although his idea was not accepted by the medical profession at the time, his method gradually gained popularity and he established the world first osteopathic medical school, The American College of Osteopathy.

Still’s student, William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954) was studying at The American College of Osteopathy. He noticed the suture (fibrous joint) of the skull was similar to the gill of the fish, and he thought that perhaps the whole of the skull is mobile rather than static. At the time, it was commonly believed that the 22 bones of the skull would fuse in adults and stay immobile (apart from the lower jaw). 

Sutherland experimented on himself to see if this was true. He created a special helmet that restricted the movement of the bones in the skull, thinking if the bones were fused and immobile there should not be any problem. Apparently, he almost lost consciousness when he experimented with it. This proved that the bones in the skull were in fact moving. Also, he realised that the sacrum which was connected by the dural membrane through the spine was also moving together. From this discovery, Sutherland went on to develop a much gentler form of treatment, Cranial Osteopathy.

He identified subtle tide-like motion in the body which was different from breathing and circulation of the blood. By tuning into this rhythmic motion, he discovered that the body’s innate healing power naturally arises and releases the restrictions of the body and restores balance on its own.

An American physician and osteopath, John E. Upledger, noticed the regular movement of the dural membrane which surrounds the spinal cord while assisting a neck surgery. In the late 1960s, when attending a course run by Sutherland’s students, Upledger learned the movement of skull and sacrum that were connected by the dural membrane. This confirmed his previous experience.

At Michigan State University, he formed a team of scientists to investigate this phenomenon and proved Sutherland’s discovery; the skull and sacrum were moving together connected by the Dural membrane along with the cerebrospinal fluid that is contained within it.

Upledger continued to develop his work and focused on the release of fascia and membrane. He also simplified the technique in order for it to be available for people other than osteopaths and named it ‘CranioSacral therapy’.

Now Craniosacral therapy has spread all over the world with different styles and emphasis. But all the approaches are rooted in the initial discovery made by Still and Sutherland.  

 
 

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