Craniosacral Therapy works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions.
When a Craniosacral therapist places her hands lightly on you, she is using them to listen to you in much the same way that a counselor might listen to your words. Your body responds to this sensitive and skilled touch by beginning to listen to itself. A feeling that you have been heard in the truest sense of the word is a common experience during and after a CST session.
These are some of the words and phrases that people have used to describe their experience of CST: “Comforting, inner peace, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation, connection, feeling accepted, feeling more fully alive, put back on one piece, feeling whole again.”
People may come for CST because they have acute physical problems like headaches and 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, CST is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.
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. 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 energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
In the longer term
After a 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 and say that, 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.
People suffering physical or emotional problems, those wishing to treat long standing health issues and those wishing to initiate change and growth have found Craniosacral Therapy beneficial.
The treatment will last up to an hour; you will remain clothed and typically will lie down during treatment. It is gentle, non-invasive treatment and is “body-led”, working at a deep level with the innate healing capacity of the body. Each client has their own unique history held within their body. I like to work with this paramount in my mind; seeing the body as a process to be engaged with rather than something with a problem to be fixed. This often begins a shared journey of exploration, orienting to the innate health and wisdom of the body.
My interest in the wisdom of the body began whilst studying at University. Then, as I lived and travelled around India and Asia my interest and knowledge in holistic medicine continued and keen interest in yoga and meditation began.
When I moved to Bristol I was able to take advantage of the wonderful active birth and home birth movement, and this eventually led me to Craniosacral Therapy. I found it to be deeply relaxing and a profound healing form suitable during pregnancy and for all the family. (I am a mother of three).
I trained with the Institute for Craniosacral Studies; where I was taught by M. Appleton, L.Kalinowski and G.Kennedy, I graduated in 2002.
I have since continued my training across the field and work with babies, children and adults. I work with short-term and long-term clients. I am registered with the CSTA, the professional body for CST practitioners in the UK, which assures my Continued Professional Development and Supervision.