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Craniosacral therapy explained.

Although many people have heard of Craniosacral Therapy there does seem to be some mystery and confusion about what it is or whom it can benefit. ‘ I thought it was only for babies ‘, or ‘I didn’t know it helped with stress, energy levels and anxiety’, how can something so simple help with injuries and physical conditions?’ These are common reactions!

Craniosacral bodywork gentle supports our nervous system to achieve balance. When we settle back into our bodies a wide range of conditions will soften and resolve, Clients choose craniosacral sessions for a variety of physical and emotional conditions including back pain, sciatica, headaches/migraine, stress and fatigue, sleep problems, digestive problems and behavioural issues in children. Anxiety and depression can also be greatly supported. Developed from osteopathic techniques, CST uses trained touch to perceive and respond to the subtle tidal motions of ‘primary respiration’ in the body. The biodynamic model emphasizes the body’s inherent ability to heal itself given the correct conditions and does not advocate the use of any external force, making it extremely safe, gentle and non-invasive, ideal for babies or during pregnancy.

Recovering from trauma and shock with Craniosacral Therapy.

In a session, you may notice heat, tingling, pulsation or other sensations as your body settles into a deep stillness. In a typical session, the therapist would gently hold the person head, lower back and feet as a way to let the nervous system unwind. The emphasis is always on finding health.

“To find health should be the object of the physician. Anyone can find disease.”
   Dr Andrew T. Sill

Case Study

On her first session, Jane was in shock her mind was spinning with unwanted and repetitive thoughts. Her neck and lower back were tight. Jane blamed herself for being distracted and unable to settle after a car crash. She felt numb and disconnected and began to fear that she would never recover. After a few sessions, it was as though her body slowly came back to life. Her breathing deepened and as her body softened her sleep improved and new possibilities came to the fore. Simple cranial work supported her whole nervous system to calm and regulate once again.

Read more about benefits
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Craniosacral therapy for helping baby to sleep

It is a special privilege to offer Craniosacral therapy during pregnancy and to newborns. In a world where speed is often valued, craniosacral sessions support us to slow down and reconnect to ourselves and to our babies. Although we are parents from the moment we conceive, it takes many of us time to adjust to our new roles.  Becoming a parent is a roller coaster which can feel totally joyful, exhausting and overwhelming all at the same time!    

Many a new parent will cry, “Everything would be fine if only he would sleep!” It is so easy to make comparisons and to take it all personally. The more we try to control the situation and see sleep as ‘ a problem to be fixed’, the more elusive the romantic dream of a perfect family will be.

Mother and baby craniosacral treatment for sleep

During a  mother and baby Craniosacral session I always include babies in the conversation; treating them as individuals with the gentleness and respect they deserve.  Although babies don’t come with a magic off switch, getting curious about the stories that they are expressing is incredibly powerful.   Cutting edge neuroscience reveals that babies not only remember birth but their time in utero as well. Birth memories can be one reason why they may be fretful or find it hard to settle.  

To give you an example a young 5-month-old was a fussy feeder by day and hard to settle at night.  Mum was feeling depleted and powerless as her baby dominated the household.  I held mums lower back and asked the baby, who was crying, could I touch her on her lower back too.   We all relaxed and settled together and slowly as mums told me how she was feeling, her breathing deepened and the baby began to visibly melt into her mum. 

We all need support to reconnect with ourselves, to tell our stories and to be deeply heard. Time and time again I see how babies settle when they see that their mums are nourishing themselves as well. 

If you want to read more 

https://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-no-tears-methods_1497581.bc

Interesting article from The Independent

https://www.independent.ie/life/family/mothers-babies/hiring-a-sleep-trainer-helped-me-finally-get-my-baby-to-sleep-through-the-night-35542026.html

Article on how to help baby with sleeping

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sleepless-in-america/201006/sleep-baby

 Sara

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The History of Craniosacral Therapy

In the early 1900s, Osteopath William Garner Sutherland, DO (1873-1954) discovered that the body expresses itself in a series of subtle tide-like rhythms, expressed in our fluids, bones, organs and tissues..  This breath-like movement, called Primary Respiration, precedes the respiration of the lungs that starts at birth.  Together it amounts to a potency known as ‘The Breath of Life’.  In other traditions, this  life force is called ‘Chi’, ‘Ki’ or ‘Prana’. Sutherland wrote, “  within the cerebrospinal fluid there is an invisible element that I refer to as  the Breath of Life….. is it really necessary to know what makes the fluid move? Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your own human mentality.” 

These early Osteopaths recognized that when this ‘Life Force’ has full  expression, many conditions improve.   In a session the practitioner listens to the expansion and contraction of these rhythmic tides.  It is a manifestation of a primary intelligence that is expressed in nature as well.

At times of stress, protective patterns of tension arise around the initial distress impacting us on a physical, emotional and physiological level. We hold our history in contracted tissues and overactive minds.  With this work, we become more present to ourselves, bringing acceptance and compassion.

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What is Craniosacral Therapy?

WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

 Craniosacral therapy, ( CST), stems from Cranial Osteopathy and works on the craniosacral system – the fluids and membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord as well as the entire nervous system. It is a  hands on whole person approach to wellness that can successfully treat muscular pain, shock, fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression as well as colic and reflux in babies. Craniosacral therapy  is ideal for all stages of life including pregnancy. Treatments can be used as a health maintenance programme  or to  benefit acute conditions.  ( For a list please click here).  

Dr William Garner Sutherland  (B.1873) one of the early  Osteopaths who discovered the Craniosacral  rhythms within the body wrote,

“  within the cerebrospinal fluid there is an invisible element that I refer to as  the Breath of Life….. is it really necessary to know what makes the fluid move? Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your own human mentality.” 

Whether online or in person, clients speak of a rekindling of their innate spark; of renewed purpose, vitality and joy. 


Effective for:

Colic/Reflux in babies

Pregnancy related ailments

Reproductive Problems

Back pain

Joint pain

Sciatica

Headaches/Migraine

Digestive Problems/IBS

Sports injuries

Neck/Shoulder pain

Arthritis

ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sleep Problems

Anxiety

Panic attacks

Stress, Trauma and Depression