Things that might help you decide include:
- reading the information on this site
- finding out if any of your friends or acquaintances have ever used this therapy and hearing how they describe their experience
- phoning or emailing practitioners in your area for more information – a list of local practitioners can be found on www.craniosacral.co.uk
- Arrange for just one session and try it out/check your chosen practitioner out. This therapy or my way of working does not suit everyone. I am very happy to advise you from my experience what to do next.
Generally, the longer one has had a condition, the longer it takes to clear. Each person is a unique individual with a completely different health history and varying levels of vitality. Sometimes a single treatment is all that is required.
Weekly is best for most people, as that allows time to integrate the work from one treatment and keep a level of continuity of treatment which our bodies appreciate. This is not a hard and fast rule – I leave clients to decide on frequency most of the time but I might suggest sometimes that a higher frequency might be beneficial for a period of time. A monthly visit is often satisfactory for clients who have attended
There is no age limit at all. I have worked very successfully with babies to people in their eighties. Because the treatment is so gentle, it is a good form of therapy for people at both ends of their lives.
Very few if the practitioner is following the needs of the client’s body.
- where there has been a recent fracture or a current injury, particularly to the head
- where there is a tendency to internal bleeding especially in the head and brain
- when there is very high blood pressure or increased fluid pressure in the head.
- certain techniques are avoided during the first three months of pregnancy. It is important to check this out with your practitioner.
First your wishes for the treatment are discussed – why you have come for a session. Your case history will be written down. The main treatment usually takes place with you lying, lightly (but fully) clothed on a treatment couch. I will make light contact using my hands, mainly on your head, feet, spine and back of your pelvis. Other areas of the body may be contacted depending on the treatment required. I will communicate with you about this as we go along.
This varies. It is very gentle work. Some people feel very little at the time but then feel the therapeutic effects over the succeeding few days. Most people feel relaxation, an easing of old tensions and pains, a settling in their body, warmth and lightness. Sometimes people feel a short intensification of symptoms or discomfort; but then this settles after one or two days
Usually people feel relaxed, refreshed and lighter than when they came in. You are likely to experience an ongoing improvement in your condition and energy levels over a course of treatments.
The body is a highly integrated system and sometimes discomfort experienced in one part of the body may have its origins in another part altogether. One of the reported outcomes of craniosacral therapy is that we become more aware of how our bodies are functioning and this ‘whole body approach’ begins to make more sense.
A large range of conditions are encountered during client sessions: Headaches; Sinusitis; Complications following childbirth; Temporomandibular Joint Problems; Post- operative pain; Insomnia; Anxiety states /stress; Trauma; Back and neck problems and pain following dental treatment are a few examples
I often see people who are simply trying to improve their health and that goes for me too – All through our lives we come into contact with conditions which have taxed our bodies; through stress, accidents, operations, difficult births (either as the child or the mother) or dealing with difficult conditions including social, mental or emotional.
Craniosacral treatment can help us reduce the ongoing burden of carrying the resulting physical compensations. These compensations are actively maintained by our bodies and it can occupy a lot of our vital energy in doing so. When this vitality is freed up it is then available to us for our present day life.
Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel this subtle motion in the body and can use it to find where there is congestion or restriction. In response to physical knocks or emotional stress, the body’s tissues contract and sometimes particularly when the shock is severe or accompanied by strong emotions, the tissue stay contracted. Any trauma, stresses, strains or tensions which remain in the body restrict the body’s functioning and may give rise to problems over the years. The effects may be both physical (such as back pain, migraine or digestive disorders) and emotional (such as anxiety or depression). Restrictions in the body’s functioning show up in the way that craniosacral motion is expressed.
Then using the hands to amplify the pattern the body is holding the therapist provides an opportunity for the body to let go of its restriction and return to an easier way of functioning. This frees the energy which the body was previously using to hold itself in contraction. The resulting changes can bring greater ease on a mental or emotional level as well as to the body.
To quote the words of a colleague ‘It’s as if Craniosacral Therapy speaks the body’s own language and it helps the body to loosen the grip of old stresses and traumas that are no longer relevant’
Very broadly speaking, it is the difference between “the therapist evaluating what needs to change in the client and making those changes” and “the therapist listening deeply to the client’s body, appreciating its inherent ability to make the required changes itself and facilitating a therapeutic environment which helps those changes to take place”.
Both work with what has been called the “cranial concept”. A Craniosacral Therapist belonging to the Craniosacral Therapy Association has had a minimum of one year’s postgraduate training specifically in cranial work. Being postgraduates, they will already have been a health care practitioner with knowledge of anatomy and physiology. A Cranial Osteopath is someone who has had an Osteopathic training with some additional training in the cranial approach. You might want to ask about your practitioner’s training.
A typical treatment takes a “therapeutic hour”. This actually means about 45 minutes to allow for greetings, farewells and writing up notes.
An hour is sufficient for most people, most of the time, but everyone’s pacing is different. Longer treatment times can be arranged.
I charge £45 per hour for adults.
A baby or child’s treatment is incorporated with the parent present and therefore the same rate applies – if frequent baby sessions are required for an urgent post-birth problem different rates can be negotiated.
Concessions are available on request and you can also view my current offers here.