What type of person needs Craniosacral Therapy and what symptoms are the most common?
I don’t treat the symptoms I treat the client. It is also suitable for any age. I really believe that we all have different levels of coping and throughout our lives we pile on stress, abuse, bereavement, accidents, operations, divorce until our systems reach that coping limit. That, I believe, is when things start to go wrong, when the body can’t naturally look after itself. So if that level can be reduced, the body can use its own self-healing mechanism. Craniosacral Therapy can do that. I have many people who come to me saying “I’ve never been the same since……” either an accident or operation or some other trauma.
It’s like buying a new car and expecting it to last 40 years without a service!
Read the testimonials page for some of my recent clients to get an idea of why they come.
How does it work?
Listen to my radio interview with someone who couldn’t even pronounce it let alone understand it. I explain very simply what it is all about.
Basically, it is tuning into the natural rhythms of the body and allowing them to release the tensions within. It works at a physical and emotional level at the same time. For more details, go to my What is Craniosacral Therapy page
What training have you gone through?
I began with Anatomy and Physiology one year foundation course and then went on to study Byodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust. I graduated in 2013 and have undergone many CPDs (Continual Professional Development) over the past three years.
Do you treat babies and children?
Yes I do and it is very gentle and non-manipulative. I tune into the rhythms and allow the body to resolve. The body is self-healing not being persuaded to do anything it doesn’t want to do. I treat many babies and children. Sometimes the parents need a session too and it is possible to treat all together.
What happens in a session?
At the first session I write down your history so that I really get to know you. Then you lie on a couch, fully clothed usually facing up. It is very slow and very gentle, no pressure and certainly no manipulation. I tend to start at the feet and tune into the rhythms of your system. I will then move to the area I feel that’s crying out for help. I often work with my hands under your body or sometimes like a sandwich with one above and one below. I will talk through what I am sensing and try to encourage you to notice sensations within. Some people feel movements or sensations straight away and others may only notice heaviness or tightness. Some may only feel that they have become lighter. The session lasts an hour in total. At the end we discuss what happened whilst you have a drink of water.
Will one session be enough?
It is impossible to tell before we begin the treatment. It depends on how many traumas and stresses you have been through in your life. Sometimes clients notice a big difference and have just one session but often clients need about 5. The sessions are spaced out according to how your system is letting go so there may be only a week between the first one and the second one. Then later, a month’s gap in between.
What happens after a session and how will my body let go?
We are all individuals so react differently and at different speeds. Sometimes within the session you may feel tingling, stretching, fizzing, aching, denseness, heaviness, swirls, ripples – these often can go on for a couple of days whilst your body continues to try to heal itself. Sometimes clients are energised and others feel tired for 24 hours. I try to go at the pace you and your body can cope with. Occasionally there is emotional releasing when a client will feel upset or frustrated but that usually settles quickly with the client noticing an improvement both physically, mentally and emotionally.
You are welcome to ring me or text with any concerns you have.
Can I come for regular sessions?
It is amazing how many clients begin to take charge of their own bodies. They listen more and have a greater understanding of what their body needs. They make the decision of when to come back and for how long? I have some regular clients who come every 6 weeks and others come as and when they feel they are in need.
Can you treat my toddler who won’t sit still?
Yes, I often treat children whilst playing on the floor so that is not a problem.
Can I use it instead of going to the doctor?
CST is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor. If you have a particular medical concern we would always recommend that you consult your GP. CST therapists do not diagnose or prescribe medication.
Can I use other complementary therapies?
Craniosacral Therapy works well on its own and can also alongside other forms of complementary approaches, such as Acupuncture and Homeopathy. I do not recommend doing other treatments within a week of a CST session, before or after.
How does CST relate to psychotherapy and counselling?
CST is a good companion to talking therapies. CST often allows the body to process emotional issues and trauma held in the body so can support the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy. I recommend psychotherapy alongside CST for acute trauma cases.