Receiving CranioSacral Therapy tends to be very relaxing.
CranioSacral therapy is a gentle manual therapy that helps to relief pain, stress, and discomfort. This whole-body treatment is carried out fully clothed lying down on a comfortable massage table.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a hands-on therapy, where the touch is gentle, non-invasive and usually subtle. But It is a powerful therapy that affects and assist in improving the functions in the whole body.
The practitioner is using his ‘Listening Hands’ that is tuned to feel the craniosacral rhythm, feeling how well the rhythm is reflecting-out your body status and what may be able to do in order to improve it. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energized, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
Patients find CranioSacral Therapy effective for a wide range of problems associated with discomfort, pain and dysfunction. Interestingly, this approach also appears to complement and stimulate the body's natural healing processes, so CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure to keep us on the straight and not so narrow!
Who is it for?
People may come for Craniosacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional.
Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges. Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births.
How it helps?
CST supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.
During a session
Your practitioner will take a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to establish a good understanding with your practitioner.
The session typically lasts almost for one hour, you remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side. The practitioner makes light contact with your head, the base of your spine, and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. Because the body functioning as a whole unit, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
After the session
There is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process, where you may become more aware of symptoms. Sometimes people report relief after only one or two sessions, for long-standing problems, further sessions may be needed.
Some people find they benefit from regular treatment over an extended period of time as well as noticing improvement in their physical or emotional symptoms, they feel that they have more awareness of their own needs and strengths, and their quality of life has improved.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor