About Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy is a natural way of helping our bodies to rest and recover. It recognises that we all have an inherent capacity to self-heal and aims to support this by working with the source of symptoms on every level, whether mental, physical or emotional.
The practitioner listens to the client, both when the client speaks about her feelings, history, her experience of life, and also through palpation where these patterns of experience are revealed by the body. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way.
A feeling that you have been deeply heard is a common experience during a Craniosacral session. You may become aware of sensations such as heat, tingling or pulsation as changes occur. You may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
CST is appropriate for all ages, from new-born babies to the elderly and can be used through pregnancy. It works well on its own, or in conjunction with traditional Western medicine, to provide an integrated system of care.
Craniosacral therapy is especially effective in pain management, in aiding recovery from stress and for pre and post-natal care:
Recovery from Stress
Pre & post-natal care
Research has shown that craniosacral therapy can have a ‘significant and robust effect in patients with chronic pain’ and function lasting up to six months.
It has also been shown to help patients with fibromyalgia by contributing to improving anxiety and quality of life levels in these patients. Craniosacral therapy may reduce headaches in those with severe migraine.
Recovery from stress
Patients often report feeling a deep sense of calmness after a craniosacral therapy session. They may have an increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being. A number of sessions, as part of a holistic treatment plan can help patients recover from stress. Research shows that it is also helpful in treating post-traumatic stress.
Pre and post-natal care
The whole process of conceiving, seeing a baby through to full term, delivering and recovering from a pregnancy can be a profound experience for parents, and exert a powerful effect on the mother’s entire system.
Craniosacral therapy is one of the few therapies that is safe for women, pre and postnatal. It can maximise mums-to-be’s health so they are better prepared for labour and can also help in easing the body back to heath after delivery.
New born babies also benefit from receiving craniosacral therapy to help their systems adjust to life outside their mother’s wombs!
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