During a CranioSacral treatment, the therapist uses a subtle touch (through clothing) to release restrictions within the fascia that surrounds all of the tissues within the body. A fantastic treatment for anyone in acute pain or for those who are uncomfortable with massage- type treatments.
It may also be used as part of a Clinical Treatment to help to release more intrinsic tightness within the body and within a Relaxation treatment to induce a deep feeling of calmness.
Treatments: 55 minutes – £60 | 80 minutes – £85
A craniosacral therapist is trained to assess and treat the flow of the fluid throughout the whole body, picking up where there are areas of restriction, aiming to release this tension.
This tension can be caused by emotional issues eg. Day to day stress and more complex PTSD issues as well as muscular imbalance and/or injury.
Conditions that may benefit from CST include;
• TMJ dysfunction
• Neck and back pain
*It is extremely important that you let me know of any previous or current PTSD issues. I treat adults aged 14years and over. I have a number of colleagues to whom I can refer babies and children to.
The Craniosacral System
The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes within the cranium and vertebral column, the bones to which these membranes attach and the cerebrospinal fluid within these membranes. Craniosacral fluid is produced within the brain, most of which remains within the membranes as mentioned above.
However, it is a semi-hydraulic system and some if it ‘eeks’ out to bathe all of the tissues within the body, producing a pulse effect, much like your heart beat or pulse rate. The therapist can ‘feel’ its flow anywhere in the body, thereby allowing us to ‘give it a helping hand’ in releasing any restrictions that are there.
Injury and tension within the muscles will lead to the fascia becoming compromised. CST can help to free up this tissue, improving the health of the muscles.
As the craniosacral system is intrinsically linked to the central nervous system, it is also a way of ‘quieting down’ stress levels and feelings of anxiousness. I sometimes describe it to patients as a way of going around the back door of the conscious mind. Being TOLD to relax rarely works, but working with the CST system can be highly effective.
The body is constantly aiming for balance (although it may not feel like that to us sometimes) IT knows what to do, we have to learn to listen to it better.
As well as a stand-alone treatment, I will often use CST techniques in both Clinical and Relaxation Treatments. (only techniques agreed with you during the consultation will be used in the treatment)
Read more about the history of CST here.