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What is craniosacral therapy?

There are many different aspects to Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy.  The following description expresses what is most pertinent to me, and the approach that I take in my practice:

At it’s most immediate level, CST helps you to access a very deep relaxation which is often compared to meditation or lucid dreaming.  The practitioner works directly with your central nervous system to facilitate this state, which often provides the opportunity for your body’s innate intelligence to process stress and reorganise itself at a subtle yet profound level.

The practitioner  also works directly with the tissues of the body, using light sustained touch, to release areas of tension.

At its deepest level, CST utilises the body to cultivate mindfulness.  The therapy helps develop your sensitivity towards proprioception – this is the unconscious perception of your body in time and space that arises from internal stimuli as opposed to the environment around you.  This more subtle way of experiencing yourself is a powerful approach to recognising patterns of tension and/or behaviour that you hold in your body; and the means by which you can regain control and better manage – if not completely transcend those patterns.  Dialogue between the practitioner and client is used to support this process.

 

Open hands craniosacral therapy

Why we work with the craniosacral system

Every cell in our body expresses motion. Cell movement is a highly complex and dynamic phenomenon essential to the function of health. Cells build tissues, tissues build structures (our organs, muscles and bones), and collectively these structures make up different systems of our body which all integrate to make us whole. The core structure of our body – the craniosacral system – comprised of our cranium, spine, pelvis and articulating membranes, nerve tissues, muscles and fluids; expresses motion as one functioning unit.

Embryologically this system developed from a single midline of cells, around which the rest of our form was created. It is at the very centre of our being. When the therapist is in contact with the craniosacral system, they are in direct relationship with the health of the whole person.

The therapist listens with their hands to the cranoisacral rhythms which are expresessed throughout the tissue and fluid fields of the body.  These subtle motions are then harnessed to release patterns of stress and tension, thus promoting whole body integration.

What happens in a craniosacral treatment?

In your first session, a full case history will be taken followed by a treatment. Clients will lie (or sometimes sit) on a treatment table fully clothed. The therapist will make contact by placing their hands lightly on your body, tuning into what is happening by listening with their hands.

Conditions are set up by the therapist to help the body release patterns of stress and tension, and re-organise at a subtle physiological level. Dialogue may be used between you and the therapist about the sensations you are experiencing which can help the therapeutic process.

People experience different sensations during a treatment. Generally most people feel deeply relaxed, and become more aware of bodily sensations in response to the therapeutic process as it happens. The work does not finish once the session ends.  The body continues to integrate the changes that occured during the treatment so it is important to be sensitive to your needs after the session.   You may feel like you have bundles of energy, or you could feel extremely tired and simply need to rest.  You are always welcome to contact the therapist if you would like to discuss your experiences in between treatments.

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