CranioSacral Therapy 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. In fact, CranioSacral Therapy can create positive changes in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions.
CranioSacral Therapists use their hands to ‘listen’ to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. The body then responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to ‘listen’ to itself.
At Belfast Chiropractic Clinic, our clients have described CranioSacral Therapy as stimulating a sense of comfort, acceptance, inner peace, relief, stillness, relaxation, and connection.
Who is it for?
At the Belfast Chiropractic Clinic, CranioSacral Therapy may be offered in combination with your main chiropractic management depending on your needs.
People may seek Craniosacral Therapy for acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing emotional problems.
Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and to help meet life’s challenges. Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, CranioSacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to older people.
At Belfast Chiropractic Clinic, parents often attend with their babies following problems associated with difficult or challenging births. Reducing tension and fear within the body enables the baby to settle into calmness and helps further development.
Anne Matthews intuitively integrates her therapeutic skills from the areas of Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Pre & Perinatal Education, Baby Therapy and Child Development to assess a child’s needs and prescribe a program of tailored treatment.
CranioSacral Therapy supports the body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build underlying energy. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way.
During a session
Initially, our practitioner will take a written case history, listening carefully to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to establish an understanding with your practitioner.
The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up, on your side, or in a seated position. The practitioner makes light contact with the head, base of the spine, and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs.
As the body functions as a unit, your practitioner may focus on areas away from where the obvious symptoms occur.
During or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a general feeling of well-being.
Following a typical session, there is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process, when symptoms may be more pronounced. Relief from symptoms can often occur after only one or two sessions (subject to the individual).
For long-standing problems, additional sessions may be needed. Many individuals benefit from regular treatment over an extended period, noticing an improvement in their physical or emotional symptoms, more awareness of their own needs and strengths, and an overall improvement in their quality of life.
CranioSacral Therapy complements the existing relationship with doctors and chiropractors, rather than providing a primary healthcare treatment.