What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy developed from the work of an American osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s. He discovered intrinsic subtle movements of the bones of the head and his further research revealed that all cells in the body express rhythmic movements which are fundamental to life. If these movements are restricted or absent this leads to a reduction in health and the ability of the body to self-heal.
External forces introduced to our bodies by accidents, falls, emotional shock, surgery and sometimes birth can be overwhelming for our systems at the time of the event. These forces can be held unprocessed in the body and cause areas of tightness and constriction which reduces the ability of the body to function optimally. The symptoms may be both physical, such as chronic pain, migraines or digestive disorders and/or emotional such as anxiety or depression. In todays busy fast moving society many of us are stressed and overwhelmed which can compromise our healing abilities.
By using a light therapeutic relational touch a craniosacral therapist is able to identify areas of constriction held in the body and support the bodies natural tendency to find health, optimum balance and realignment. When balance is restored there can be profound physical and psychological benefits, greater flexibility of function and ability to move more easily with the natural ebbs and flows of life. Often there is an emotional component attached to the constrictions held within the body, craniosacral therapy offers a gentle way to release and process this.
For many of us in a busy fast moving world where we are often juggling work, family and other commitments there is little opportunity to truly stop and press the pause button.
In my experience craniosacral therapy allows this opportunity to slow down and pause with awareness. The light touch is a very gentle way of acknowledging then allowing the processing and releasing of tensions and restrictions held in the body so realignment and re-balancing of the body and mind can follow. When we feel more aligned and balanced our bodies are better able to heal.
Because it’s so gentle, craniosacral therapy is suitable for all ages from newborn to the elderly.
Craniosacral therapy is not intended as a primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with other healthcare providers.
A CSTA film explaining how craniosacral therapy can support you:
For further information on craniosacral therapy with links to research and publications see cranialsacral therapy association (CSTA) website