Don’t let the harsh sounding name of this therapy put you off as the title belies the gentle, subtle rebalancing work which happens during a session. Sometimes people fall asleep or enter a deeply blissful state of relaxed awareness. The technique also embraces the whole body, not just head and sacrum as its designation leads you to believe.
CranioSacral Therapy is based on the teachings of an osteopath called Dr. W G Sutherland who was practising in the USA at the turn of the last century. CranioSacral therapists are taught to feel the subtle rhythmic movement of the cerebro-spinal fluid which surrounds the brain and the spinal cord.
All the bones, including those of the cranium and the spine, and all other tissues of the body, move in unison with this fluid. A highly trained therapist can feel a client’s rhythm and help to release any restrictions which might have been caused by life’s traumas and injuries - both mental and physical.
This therapy can be used safely in a wide variety of situations ranging from acutely painful conditions to pregnancy. It is effective for many ailments including back and neck problems, headaches and migraines, digestive and menstrual problems, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression. It has become well known for its effective treatment of a number of problems in babies and young children which can often be caused by birth trauma.
You do not have to have health problems to benefit from CranioSacral Therapy as it can alleviate stress and increase your energy levels and sense of wellbeing.
The emotional and energy aspects of CranioSacral Therapy are addressed through the system called Somatoemotional Release. The theory is that the body protects itself my walling off trauma, bad memories or negative emotions which have been suppressed into an energy cyst which can be located anywhere. Using dialoguing skills and metaphor to describe the energy cyst, the pain, either physical or emotional, can be released and remarkable healing can takes place. This aspect of CranioSacral Therapy blends particularly well with EFT.
This therapy is suitable for everyone from very young babies to the very old and frail.