"I fell in love with craniosacral therapy when it proved to be the treatment that finally facilitated my own healing from a decade-long journey with chronic fatigue and pain. With this profound treatment, I was finally able to feel the genuine joy of life and energy to do the things I love. It's so inspiring to ease the day-to-day ailments that distract us from our joy: pain, poor digestion, low energy, restless sleep, and stress. I see how much improving these imbalances in our bodies brings a sense of wholeness into every aspect of life. I find great joy in guiding others to become more in tune with their bodies so they can live as vibrant, healthy beings." - Caitlin
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle, non-invasive technique for restoring optimal function and ease of movement in the body. As a profound form of bodywork, somatic education, and mindfulness, it takes a whole-person approach to health. Evolving from the practice of Osteopathy, its purpose is to support your body's natural capacity for self-repair, while simultaneously encouraging you to develop a closer relationship to your own body and its inherent health. With the support of light hands-on touch, the body makes its own adjustments, reorganizing itself back to balance.
During your session, you will usually lie or sit fully-clothed on a treatment table. I'll make contact by placing my hands lightly on your body and tuning in to what is happening by ‘listening’ or feeling for tissue patterns and fluid rhythms with my hands. The first thing you will probably notice is a deep sense of relaxation, which will generally last throughout the session. I may then begin to identify areas of compression or congestion, and help to relieve pain or tension held there. With successive treatments this release of tension often extends into everyday life.
Craniosacral Therapy supports health in the body by increasing physical vitality and well-being, not only effecting structural change but also having much wider implications, emotionally and physically. The resulting increased sense of well-being can help with many aspects of life from strengthening the immune system to improving relationships.
How does it work?
In response to physical knocks or emotional stress, the body's tissues contract. Sometimes, particularly when the knock is severe or accompanied by strong emotions, the tissues stay contracted. Any trauma, stress, strains, or tensions which remain in the body, restrict the body's functioning and may give rise to problems over the years. The effects may be both physical (such as back pain, migraine or digestive disorders) and emotional (such as anxiety or depression).
Restrictions in the body's functioning show up in the way that craniosacral system's motion is expressed. Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel this subtle motion in the body, and can use it to find where there is congestion or restriction. Then, using their hands, the therapist invites the holding pattern to release, providing an opportunity for the body to let go of its restriction and return to an easier way of functioning.
This simultaneously frees the energy which the body was previously using to hold itself in contraction - so one of the great benefits of craniosacral therapy is an increase in the energy available. The resulting changes can bring greater ease on a mental or emotional level as well as to the body.
Health is the effect of the energetic flow within our body which maintains the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, and also controls our mood, emotional well-being, creativity, and productivity. Perpetual flow is what makes us feel “alive” and comfortable within. As we grow throughout life, we are likely to get emotional and mental blocks which slow the flow, cause congestion, and may eventually cause discomforts to appear. A steady flow of energy in our bodies is essential in order to keep our vitality and maintain a joyous, peaceful, and healthy life.
CST helps to release areas where the muscles are tight and where the joints, fluids and organs are unable to move freely. It creates an ideal environment for the brain and spinal cord, which allows the nerves to communicate clearly and the body to self-correct and heal.
When CranioSacral Therapy May Be of Help
- women experiencing pregnancy discomfort
- infants and mothers who are recovering from birth
- mothers and babies who are having difficulty with breastfeeding
- infants needing support after revision for tongue tie or lip tie
- experiences of jaw pain, neck pain, back pain or headaches
- anxiety, stress, or difficulty relaxing
- preparing for or recovering from surgery
- stress related illnesses
- sports injuries
Your session may often include:
- Targeted massage to release muscle tension
- Acupressure to increase the effect of treatment
- Nutritional counseling
- Guidance for meditation practice and greater stress relief
- Exercises and movement
What happens in a session?
In a typical craniosacral session, you will lie (or sometimes sit) fully-clothed on a treatment table. I make contact with my hands, carefully and with negotiation so that you feel at ease with what is happening. Common places of contact include the feet, shoulders and head, or under the spine and pelvis. This is always at your discretion and I will check with you as needed. Using my hands helps me to feel or ‘listen’ to how you are holding yourself together and to notice the changes in tension as your body responds through the session.
As well as using touch, we may chat during the session. While this doesn’t necessarily mean talking about your experiences, sometimes talking about sensations, thoughts or feelings that come to your awareness helps to deepen the healing process. The amount of verbal communication varies from session to session and can be a valuable way to help integrate the body and mind, embedding the physical experience with insights that become conscious. Body awareness and meditation style exercises can also be developed between sessions to assist the process.