Craniosacral therapy is rooted in osteopathic principles developed by Dr William Garner Sutherland (an American osteopath) in the early to mid 1900s and further developed by other osteopaths since 1980. Dr Sutherland discovered that the motion of cranial bones is just one element in a system of subtle rhythms that involves the whole body. He identified the particular importance of the rhythmic motion of tissues and fluids at the core of the body in this system - including cerebrospinal fluid, the central nervous system, the membranes that surround and partition the central nervous system, the cranial bones and the sacrum.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive way of working with the whole person. It orients itself towards the inherent forces that organise our form and function and facilitate healing. Restrictions of movement in the body correspond with restrictions in the self-healing capacity of the body. Using my hands to feel these movements allows me to facilitate change in areas of restriction. This can result in an increased sense of emotional or physical well-being and vitality, strengthening of the immune system and profound relaxation of the nervous system.
The work can address:
Additionally, when the body has had to cope with shock, illness or long-term stress, the natural state that promotes healing can become compromised. It is precisely this natural tendency which this holistic therapy helps restore physically and emotionally.
In a typical craniosacral session you will either lie or sit fully clothed on a treatment table. I will make contact by placing my hands lightly on your body and tuning in to what is happening by ‘listening’ with my hands. Contact is made carefully so that you will feel at ease with what is happening. The duration of a session is approximately 60 minutes.