Why Craniosacral Therapy?

By Deborah Brown and Anna Barrick


Craniosacral therapy is a whole body therapy that uses a light touch to listen to subtle rhythms and patterns within the body. Unresolved tensions from life's experiences, physical and emotional, can affect and restrict the natural healthy motion and function within our body, leading to stress symptoms, discomfort and pain. Craniosacral therapy enables the body to realign to it's natural health, restoring motion and vitality.

How does it work?

Craniosacral Therapy is a non-invasive way of building health. It is a subtle and profound healing system that has its roots in Osteopathy and has been used for around the last 70 years to facilitate and enhance the body's own capacity for self-repair. Because craniosacral therapy taps into and enhances our underlying vitality and resources, it can increase our energy and assist with many physical and emotional conditions, by returning us to a state of balance.

Craniosacral Therapy is based on the understanding of how the cranial bones link together and that they have a certain degree of flexibiltiy and movement. Attached to the cranial bones are the dural membranes, which surround the brain and the whole of the spinal cord. This craniosacral system serves to maintain the environment in which the central nervous system functions. Consequently, any disbalance in this sytem places a strain on dural membranes and can cause sensory, motor and neurological problems.

Few body structures have more influence over your health and wellbeing than the central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system than the craniosacral system, which consists of the bones, soft tissues and fluid that surround and nurture your brain and spinal cord.

Every day our body absorbs and endures stresses and strains. We also experience physical injuries and emotional traumas, all of which create tension in the body. Over time these ‘impacts’ accumulate to a point of overwhelm, which impair healthy body function and emotional well-being.

Craniosacral therapy’s ‘light touch’ techniques can release these tensions and enable the entire body to relax and self-correct. As the body unravels its restrictions, the mind and emotions also begin to feel more open and at ease. Craniosacral therapy is about self-healing and self-empowerment. People frequently say they feel; deep relaxation, inner peace, acceptance and a sense of feel whole again.

Who could benefit from Craniosacral Therapy?

This therapy is suitable for most conditions including neck and back pain, injuries, headaches, migraines, jaw (TMJ) & dental complaints, stress and anxiety and traumatic experience. Furthermore, this type of treatment is fast gaining recognition in working with babies following birth - the most stressful experience we are likely to encounter - and with problems associated with feeding and sleeping for example. Craniosacral therapy is also a preventative treatment, helping to maintain and optimise health, and is beneficial in pregnancy too.

Treatment is safe, respectful and empowering - your body sets the pace of treatment. In addition to changes in symptoms, clients usually leave feeling relaxed, energised and acknowledged at a deep level.

Craniosacral therapy is complementary, and not a substitute, for medical advice and treatment.