Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, but potent hands on therapy that works with the bodies core organising forces that govern our health. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord and pulsates around the central nervous system in a distinct rhythm. Through light touch we as practioners palpate this and other rhythms in the body to build the clients resources to enable the body’s natural ability to heal and restore.

With its roots in osteopathy Dr Sutherland built on his osteopathic knowledge and is considered the founder of Craniosacral therapy.

When the CSF flows without restriction optimal health can be distributed throughout the system. The body responds to trauma (physical injury or difficult emotions) by contracting, causing restrictions, which if left in the system may diminish the potency of health in the body.

As practictioners we aim, through very light touch, to find these areas of, often long held, constriction and encourage a state of balance in the system. Enabling the CSF to flow without restriction around the body allows it to bathe and support all the important nerve centres and glands meaning the body can function again at its optimal health. 

What happens during a treatment?

A treatment last approximately 45-50 minutes, with the client clothed and generally lying down unless it is more appropriate or comfortable to sit. On the first treatment a brief medical history will be taken. During the treatment I will rest my hands very lightly at places on the body, such as the shoulders, side of the head, knees or under the body such as the head, lower back or ankles. Clients generally find the treatments deeply relaxing.