A trained craniosacral therapist is aware of subtle rhythms or waves within a person’s body by gently using their hands to sense them. We are not normally aware of these tiny movements ourselves, but illness or pain (perhaps from an injury or chronic condition) can interrupt the normal flow of these rhythms. By using a very light touch the craniosacral therapist encourages the body to re-balance and heal itself.
Craniosacral Therapy can be used to treat many of the conditions that might normally be treated by massage – such as back or neck pain, injuries, sciatica or conditions such as arthritis, digestive problems, depression and stress-related illnesses, where a light touch may be especially welcome. Other chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) may also be suitable for treatment because the widespread pain that often is part of these syndromes will respond well to a gentle approach. Although gentle, craniosacral therapy is a highly effective treatment and profoundly relaxing to experience.
The treatment is carried out through the clothes with the client lying comfortably on a treatment couch. A guided body awareness relaxation exercise is often used at he beginning of the treatment to help relax and settle the client. The whole session usually lasts about an hour. As with all complementary therapies the practitioner will ask questions about your current health problems, medical history and lifestyle at the initial session.