Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a complementary therapy with its origins in osteopathy. It is a gentle yet profound way of supporting our health and wellbeing.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. It has developed from the work of osteopath Dr William Sutherland who was a pioneer in the field of cranial osteopathy.
Sutherland’s understanding was that the tissues in the body display a rhythmic motion – a little like the waves of the sea – and that these can be palpated or sensed with the hands.
In health, the tissues and fluids of the body move freely but physical or emotional injury or illness may compromise this movement. The underlying force or vitality that drives this movement is accessible no matter how much imbalance or illness is present.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy uses light touch to help assist the body’s natural capacity to restore this rhythmic motion, enabling it to balance and repair itself.
What to expect
Sessions last an hour. On your first visit, I will take your medical history and listen to your reasons for seeking treatment so this will take additional time.
The treatment is carried out fully clothed with you lying on a treatment couch but if you have difficulty with mobility, we can find a position that is comfortable for you.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is subtle work, a light touch is used throughout the treatment and we do not use manipulation.
Everyone responds in their own unique way to a treatment. Sometimes clients ask what they will feel, and this will depend on what their body wishes to express.
Many people find cranial sessions very relaxing. After a treatment you may feel calm and energised, with an increased feeling of wellbeing.
How does it work?
CST supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself. It helps reduce stress and build up your underlying energy.
The changes come from within, according to the body’s own intelligence, rather than using any kind of outside force.
As practitioners, we work holistically – that is with the whole person. We ‘listen’ through our hands and are led to respond appropriately, allowing any changes that happen to do so in a comfortable and supported way.
Can CST help me?
Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, CST is suitable for everyone, even those who are frail and unable to tolerate treatments where some physical force is applied, such as massage. These are some of the reasons people seek help from CST.
Acute and chronic stress
Tooth grinding and jaw pain
Post viral fatigue
Emotional and physical trauma
Digestive/ gut conditions
Back and neck pain
People who spend time caring for their family or on a professional level may welcome the support of CST as part of their self–care, ensuring they have the energy to continue being there for those who need them.
In a world where we are all so active, the stillness of cranial work is a welcome respite. It can be difficult to think clearly if your head is full of your ‘to do’ list. As we relax and our bodies soften and expand, so do our minds. You may find CST brings unexpected creativity, clarity and insight into your daily concerns.
How many treatments will I need? We can only discover this when you have your first treatment as it depends on your current state of health. Sometimes clients notice a big change after one session but typically, particularly for chronic conditions, six sessions are recommended.
If you are unsure if CST is right for you and would like to know more, please contact me.
Craniosacral therapy is intended to complement not replace the relationship with your medical practitioner. If you have a particular medical concern, we would always recommend that you consult your GP. Craniosacral therapists do not diagnose or prescribe medication.
Craniosacral Therapy single treatment: £50
Course of six treatments: £270 Treatments bought as a course must be redeemed within 12 weeks from purchase.
Low Cost Clinic: £25 This is aimed at full time students and those whose work or circumstances have been affected by Covid-19, making it difficult for them to continue with treatments due to the cost. There will be two low cost clinic days per month. Please contact me for details.
Dawn Thein Holistic Therapy Suite 10 High Beech House 8-10 High Beech Road Loughton Essex IG10 4BL