About Craniosacral

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Can craniosacral therapy help me?

Yes. If you are struggling with a physical or emotional complaint, craniosacral therapy can be the answer for a recent or an ongoing problem.

Craniosacral therapy is gentle and noninvasive, therefore making it safe and suitable for anyone, from newborn babies to the very elderly, and those in a frail, fragile or acute condition.

Craniosacral therapy is a whole-body therapy which has its origins in osteopathy. It can help many conditions by increasing the body’s vitality and encouraging the body’s own self-healing process in order to reach a natural state of health.  

We cope daily with physical and emotional stresses; this causes tissues in the body to contract, often overstimulating the sympathetic nervous system. As we do not realise how deeply we hold tension, oftentimes we do not take time to relax and allow the tissues a chance to release by themselves. Craniosacral therapy can ease an overstimulated sympathetic nervous system and promote rest, relaxation and health. This relaxed state enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself and boost vitality.

What are some of the conditions craniosacral therapy can help ?

Allergies - Anxiety - Asthma - Back pain - Birth trauma - Dental trauma - Colic - Depression - Digestive problems - Ear/nose/throat problems - Emotional problems - Headaches and migraines - Infant feeding problems - Infertility - Insomnia - Joint problems - ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) - Menstrual disorders - MS (multiple sclerosis) - Nervous disorders - Postoperative recovery - Pregnancy-related problems - Sciatica - Shock and trauma - Sinusitis - Sports injuries - Stress - Tinnitus - Tiredness and exhaustion - Whiplash

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What happens during a session?

A craniosacral therapy session typically lasts an hour, including a short consultation at the beginning.

At your initial appointment, James takes a written case history and listens to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to ascertain if past afflictions could be affecting your current ailments.

During a session, you remain fully clothed and will typically lie on the treatment table either face up or on your side. The treatment can also be carried out seated if that’s more comfortable. James makes light contact with your feet, your head, the base of your spine as well as other areas, encouraging and supporting your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs.

Through this light touch, James listens to the health of your body, similar to a therapist listening to your words. Because the body functions as a whole, he may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.

An individual’s experience of the treatment varies, but many experience a deep relaxation and peace. Clients have reported feeling different sensations in their bodies, such as tingling, hot/cold, pins and needles, pulsations, a stretching of tissues and increased energy flow.

Is craniosacral therapy appropriate for babies?

Sometimes, after birth a baby might need a helping hand in the transition. Craniosacral therapy has been known to help babies with a number of issues, including colic, feeding and sleep issues.