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. Because of its name, people sometimes think it only refers to the head; in fact CST works on the whole person.
CST has its roots in osteopathy. The osteopath Dr William Sutherland practiced in the early 1900s and was the pioneer of cranial osteopathy, from which CST developed.
His 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. 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 happens during a session?
On your first visit, I will take your details and medical history and listen to your reasons for seeking treatment. This will take additional time but sessions typically last an hour.
The treatment is carried out fully clothed; you only need to remove your shoes. You will lie face up on a couch but if this is difficult for you, we will find a position that is comfortable.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is subtle work, a light touch is used throughout the treatment and we do not use manipulation.
Most people find cranial sessions pleasant and relaxing. After a session, you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a 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.
As practitioners, we work holistically – that is with the whole person. We ‘listen’ through our hands and are led to respond appropriately. We sense tensions in the body and help you release them in a supported and comfortable way.
The changes come from within, according to the body’s own intelligence, rather than using any kind of outside force.
Who is it for?
Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, CST is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly.
Some people come for CST because they have physical problems like headaches or back pain but you do not have to be unwell; many people come for support during stressful periods in their lives.
If you are unsure if CST might be right for you and would like to know more, please contact me.
Some of the reasons people seek CST treatment
Stress may manifest as:
Feeling anxious or restless, panic attacks, physical tensions, tooth grinding, headaches, racing thoughts, poor sleep, feeling tired all the time
Illness – help with recovery from illness, accidents, surgery, post viral syndrome, emotional shock
Chronic pain – back pain and pain in the muscles and joints
Life’s challenges - many people come for support during stressful periods of their lives as a way of relaxing and avoiding becoming overwhelmed by their circumstances.
Those who spend time looking after others - for example, those in the caring professions, emergency services, teachers or those caring for their own family, children or elderly relatives - 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 is difficult to think clearly or be creative 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 life and concerns.
How many treatments will I need?
We can only discover this when you have your first treatment. It depends very much on your current state of health and how much stress and trauma you have experienced during your life. Sometimes clients notice a big change after one session but - particularly for chronic conditions - more sessions may well be needed.
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.
First treatment - introductory price: £35.00 Subsequent treatments: £50 Course of six treatments: £270 (Treatments purchased as part of a course must be redeemed in a 12 week period)
Dawn Thein Holistic Therapy Suite 10 High Beech House 8-10 High Beech Road Loughton Essex IG10 4BL