“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.” Margaret Atwood
“Be still like a mountain, and flow like a great river.” Lao Tzu
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle yet powerful hands-on therapy. It was developed by osteopaths over 100 years ago.
The client lies fully clothed on the treatment table and the therapist applies a very light and gentle touch to various parts of the body listening for subtle rhythmic motions in the body. These rhythmic motions are called ‘Primary Respiration’ and express the health in our body. When these rhythmic motions get compromised by various things like stress, injuries, accidents, toxicity and emotional problems, it can lead to a wide range of health problems. The therapist encourages a restoration of the rhythmic motions resulting in a return to health and thus supports the body’s ability to heal itself. Layers of stress or trauma may be resolved in a very gentle way.
Craniosacral therapy is a very beautiful and deep way to be listened to in a safe, non-judgmental environment without having to say a word. In this therapy the body does the ‘talking’. It is a lovely way to find and connect to the stillness that is all around us, but to which we often lose connection to in our stressful lives.
Who is it for?
CST is probably best known for treating babies because it is so gentle and non-invasive, but it can be beneficial at any age.
Conditions that can respond well include problems associated with trauma, shock and stress, headaches, back and neck pain, sciatica, bone/joint disorders, facial pain, frozen shoulder, jaw problems, migraine, menstrual disorders, muscular pain, nervous complaints, neuralgia, sinusitis, tinnitus,
tiredness, visual disturbances, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive problems, dizziness, dyslexia, hearing
problems, hormonal disorders, hyperactivity,
impotence, infertility, insomnia, asthma, emotional issues, weakness, or it can be used to provide a general support for the everyday challenges of life.
What is a typical session like?
A typical session lasts between 50 and 60 minutes. In the first session, the client will spend less time on the treatment table, as the therapist will take a case history in order to find out more information about the client.
The client lies fully clothed, either on his/her back or side, on a massage table or sits on a chair. The therapist then applies a light touch on various areas (i.e. feet, shoulders, head, sacrum and spine) of the client’s body.
The therapist listens to the body’s inherent treatment priority and lets the body decide what will be worked on and in which order. The therapist might therefore not necessarily go to the places where the symptoms occur.
CST is a holistic approach and changes may happen in body, mind and spirit. The client can become more aware of symptoms during and after the session.
After a session, people mostly feel relaxed, calm and energised, but it’s recommended to allow the body a longer period of rest as the healing process can occur beyond the actual session and it’s often a good idea to drink some water.
CST is a complementary therapy and clients should always check their symptoms with their GP.
Sessions available in Walthamstow on Thursdays and Fridays or by special appointments:
Place: London E17, United Kingdom
Please contact me to make an appointment:
+44 (0)790 550 2183
£60 for a session (a session lasts between 50 – 60 minutes)
£50 for therapists, NHS workers and students
Please give 24 hours notice for cancellations or the full fee will be charged.