Craniosacral Therapy


What is it?   


 A gentle non-invasive form of treatment that is  extremely gentle yet powerful. CST recognises that all structures in the body are connected and integrated; the therapy does not  necessarily target specific symptoms but the person as a whole which ultimately may assist with the clients specfic symptoms.
  All parts of the body need to be able to move freely without restriction. This allows the passage of essential nutrients to the cells and tissues and effective removal of waste products. Ineffective removal in any one part of the body will lead to compensatory responses which result in pain and dysfunction. Congestion will cause tiredness sluggishness and general feeling of being "out of sorts".  Sometimes the pain or ache may be felt away from the origin of dysfunction i.e leg pain referred from the low back.
  Fascia is a strong connective web like structure that allows the body to retain its form and shape. It passes around  and between the muscles, blood vessels, nerves and bones. If damaged by posture or trauma is contracts and stiffens and the structures that  pass through it can become constricted and the flexibility  of the soft tissues will be lost resulting in pain and dysfunction. The therapist can feel these areas of restriction and work with them to allow the tissues to relax and "let go".  With the fascia relaxed the muscles and other soft tissues including blood vessels and nerves  that pass through it can regain their flexibility. The more flexible these structures the more able the body is to allow freedom of movement and the unrestricted passage of nutrients to the cells and waste products to be expelled. This allows the body to function much more efficiently and reduce the problems associated  with these restrictions.


 Life's experiences including accidents, illnesses, surgery, stress, trauma and emotional issues can all affect the flexibility within a person's body. The more intense the experience the greater the restriction that can be held within the body. These areas of  tightness and lack of flexibility will continue to stack up until the body can no longer compensate and symptoms such as pains and aches, stiffness, fatigue, headaches, emotional problems and lowered immunity will result. 


 Who can benefit from CST?   


 CST is so gentle it can be helpful for anyone from those with acute aches and pains to chronic persistant pains that have been resistant to other forms of treatment. It is suitable for all ages from birth through to the elderley.


What will a session be like?


 Most people feel a deep sense of relaxation.

You may feel heat, tingling sensations, gentle pulsing and on occassions transitory aches.  


How many sessions will I need?   


 The number depends entirely on the condition being treated. If an acute problem symptoms may settle in 1 or 2 treatments, however with more chronic problems it is usual to have approximately 6-10.  If very chronic a more extended course of treatment may be needed.


Works well as a independent treatment or combines excellantly with physiotherapy,

Treatment lasts approximately 1 hour 

Treatment does not require the person to remove clothing.


CST for babies and children


 During birth the bones of the cranium are not fully formed to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal. These bones can become severely compressed. The cranial compression will often correct itself but sometimes the forces of birth can overwhelm this ability to remould This can cause far reaching physical, emotional and psychological effects. Birth may also cause some stress patterns in the soft tissues of the baby and even the easiest of births may leave some disturbances. Interventions such as caesarian, ventouse, forceps and artificial induction can be particularly traumatic for the baby.


 Many conditions that babies routinely suffer from such as colic, fractious behaviour, breathing difficulties, digestive problems, ear infections, eczema, feeding and suckling problems, glue ear and reflux can be the result of unresolved birth trauma. Treatment is non invasive and clothes and nappies are not removed.

By resolving the imbalances early before chronicity, babies are allowed to resolve some of the traumas of birth which allows for  healthy developement and paves the way for greater confidence and self esteem.

I also use body baby language skills, looking for non-random repetitive movements relate to specific stages of the birth. These movements allow us insight in to the experience of the baby on its individual birth journey. Working with these repetitive movements with empathy and understanding allows the baby to express and process these often traumatic experiences. If unresolved they may continue to cause problems as a child develops. This type of therapy helps to foster a more relaxed baby and deepen the parent, baby bond.


 Older Children: may also benefit where there is  unresolved birth patterns or subsequent trauma both physical and emotional which may affects a child's health and well being.   All work is done with co-operation of the child and parents.