Using the gentle focused touch of CranioSacral Therapy the body is invited to begin a process of self-healing via a process of unwinding the various twists, torsions and restrictions within the fascia.
The fascia is a ‘cling-film’ like membranous structure that surrounds every organ, muscle and tissue throughout the body.
The name "CranioSacral" is derived from the system's associated bones. Included are those of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, and of the spinal column which extends down to the sacrum. Membranes surround the brain, extend down the spinal cord and enclose the hydraulic system pumping the cerebrospinal fluid around. The movement of these membranes is what is termed the CranioSacral rhythm.
Life’s traumata sometimes can have a negative affect on the CranioSacral system impeding the movement of the fascia and fluids around the body (lymph, blood, interstitial fluid and cerebrospinal fluid), this in turn reduces the body’s ability to transport chemicals around the body and interferes with the electromagnetic flow around the body, which ultimately can lead to disturbances in the integrity of the system and therefore the health of a person.
A CranioSacral therapist recognises the various rhythms of the body created by the flow of these membranes and fluids, and can recognise when they are abnormal and help the body to release the restriction on whatever level they appear.
As CranioSacral therapists we are working with a very deep innate desire of the body to heal; encouraging a state of balance. In this state of balance the body can function much more efficiently and flows like a well oiled vehicle, requiring less of the body’s resources.
Over time this results in the client feeling more in control, creative and generally at one with themselves. Healing in this way normally occurs over a period of time, and this differs from person to person and is dependent on the length of time of the imbalance how deep the affects are and the desire to change.
During a session of CranioSacral therapy you remain clothed, usually lying on your back, but it can be performed in whatever posture is most comfortable, and for extra comfort you may be covered with a blanket.
Because each of us produces our own different reactions to trauma, stress and loss of healing capacity, we each present our own unique combination of ailments, pains and dysfunctions. And, because CranioSacral Therapy helps clear the way for our self-healing mechanisms to be more effective, its scope is very wide indeed.
Some of the more common difficulties that CranioSacral Therapy may help are chronic pain, reduced mobility or stiff joints, low energy, headaches and migraines, jaw problems, neuralgia, learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia, menstrual and menopausal problems and clumsiness.
In new-borns, infants and children, colic, hyperactivity, feeding and sleeping problems and faulty development are often helped by CranioSacral Therapy. Routine evaluation of new-borns often reveals and permits the easy release of subtle strains and restrictions that may, if left, lead to chronic dysfunction later in life. This applies not only where the birth has been difficult, but also with "normal" deliveries.
We practise Upledger, CCST and Karuna styles of CranioSacral Therapy and also the original Cottam Craniopathic adjustments which were the forerunner of all other cranial techniques.
The CranioSacral Therapists are Sue Weller and Allyn Edwards.