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Craniosacral Therapy



Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, holistic hands on therapy for the relief of pain and discomfort. It is increasingly recognised as a subtle and profound form of healing which assists the body's natural capacity to recover. Because it is gentle it is particularly suitable for babies, those in frail health and the elderly as well people in more robust health. While it is gentle in method its' impact is deep and powerful.

Fundamental to Craniosacral Therapy is the belief that the body is a self healing organism. Health is an inherent intelligence within the body. The matrix of this inherent health is conveyed to every cell by the circulation of the cerebral spinal fluid which generates subtle rhythmical motions throughout the tissues and fluids of the body. A craniosacral therapist is trained to recognise this motion.

Craniosacral therapy recognises that many factors contribute to our symptoms. These may be as varied as accidents, ageing, stress, emotional distress, poor posture, chronic disability, hormonal changes. Such experiences compromise our health and wellbeing. To a craniosacral therapist they manifest as for example, restriction and sluggishness of the natural rhythms and subtle motions of the tissues and fluids.

It is a wonderful therapy whose impact continues to surprise and delight us in the many years we have practised,

Who uses Craniosacral Therapy?

The Advertising Standards Authority does not accept anecdotal, clinical experience as evidence that any complementary therapy works. Claims of effectiveness have to be based on 'scientific' research. We are therefore, limited in the claims we can make even if we and our many clients know them to be true.

The absence of research does not imply the absence of evidence of positive treatment outcomes. Substantial clinical experience amongst Craniosacral Therapists has accumulated since its origins in the early 1900s and the therapists here at New Cross Natural Therapy Centre have many years experience of working with a wide range of people.

You may find the Research page of the Craniosacral Therapy Association website helpful. We are also pleased to tell you that Warwick University is currently undertaking a major study of the impact of Craniosacral Therapy.

In addition there is a website, www.craniosacral-therapy-information.org.uk which has been created by someone for whom:

"Craniosacral Therapy has been a lifeline over many years of severe chronic and disabling illness. When conventional medical treatment had nothing to offer, and only served to make my condition worse, and doctors had given up trying to help, one of the few treatments that has given me a reasonable quality of life has been Craniosacral Therapy.

This site is an information site and I have no financial interest or connection with any organisation. I do not endorse any particular individual or therapist, nor any therapists organisation. The purpose of the site is simply to provide information that is not otherwise available on the internet so that the public can make an informed choice."

We recommend this site to you and of course wholeheartedly encourage you to contact us with any queries. Craniosacral Therapy may be of benefit to you.

How Craniosacral Therapy works

The craniosacral therapist uses a light touch of the hands to palpate or 'listen' to the body's tissues and fluids. The intention of the craniosacral therapist is: to listen to the information conveyed through their body and to support it's own wisdom and innate healing ability.

The wisdom in the body decides what to reveal to the therapist!

What happens during a treatment session?

At the first session, there is an in depth history taking.

For those who have a history of abusive touch e.g. because of sexual abuse or physical violence, the negotiation of contact is an important part of the healing process.

During treatment you remain fully clothed and where possible lie on a treatment couch. Where this is not possible you remain seated. You may experience relaxation, feel sensations such as tingling, pins and needles, heat or emotional states. Some people fall asleep during treatment, others remain alert. There is no right or wrong way to be.

Sometimes the benefits are noticed immediately or they may take a few days or a number of treatments to manifest. Craniosacral therapy treats the whole person so improvements in general well-being and energy levels may be part of the response.

For more in depth information about Craniosacral Therapy please go here.

Disclaimer: Craniosacral Therapy is intended to complement, not replace, the relationship you have with your medical practitioner. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of anything you have read on this page.

Craniosacral

 

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Therapists

Aine Collins

Raewyn Morrison

Bernadette Reed

 

 



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