Craniosacral Therapy/technique is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. People sometimes ask about the name Craniosacral Therapy and think it only refers to the head but in fact Craniosacral Therapy works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions.
When a Craniosacral therapist places her hands lightly on you, she is using them to listen to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. Your body responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. A feeling that you have been heard in the truest sense of the word is a common experience during and after a Craniosacral session.
These are some of the words and phrases that people have used to describe their experience of Craniosacral Therapy: “Comforting, inner peace, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation, connection, feeling accepted, feeling more fully alive, put back in one piece, feeling whole again”.
Who is it for?
People may come for Craniosacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges. Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly.
At the Belfast Chiropractic Clinic parents attend with their babies who may have problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. They specifically attend Anne Matthews who intuitively integrates her therapeutic skills from the areas of Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Cranio-sacral Therapy, Pre & Perinantal Education, Baby Therapy and from Child Development to assess a child’s needs and prescribe a program of treatment individually tailored for each child. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables the baby to settle into calmness and helps the baby or child to develop further.
Craniosacral Therapy supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
During a session
Your practitioner will take a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to establish a good understanding with your practitioner. The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated. The practitioner makes light contact with your head, the base of your spine, and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. Because the body functions as a whole, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
At the Belfast Chiropractic Clinic Craniosacral Therapy may be offered in combination with your main chiropractic management depending on your needs.
In the longer term
After a session there is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process, where you may become more aware of symptoms. Sometimes people report relief after only one or two sessions. For long-standing problems further sessions may be needed. Some people find they benefit from regular treatment over an extended period of time and say that, as well as noticing improvement in their physical or emotional symptoms, they feel that they have more awareness of their own needs and strengths, and their quality of life has improved.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor and/or chiropractor
(Taken from the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK)