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.
The term craniosacral is a combination of the words, cranium (the head), and sacrum (the base of the spine). It has developed from the insights of osteopath, Dr William Sutherland, who was the pioneer of cranial osteopathy.
The understanding of CST is that the tissues in the body display a rhythmic motion and that this can be sensed with the hands. In health the tissues and fluids of the body move freely, but physical or emotional injury and illness may compromise this movement.
The founding principle of biodynamic craniosacral therapy is that no matter how much illness or imbalance is present, the underlying forces that maintain health are always accessible.
In craniosacral therapy we work to help the body to access its natural capacity for self-healing, so it is able to balance, repair and heal itself.
What happens in a treatment?
CST treatments last an hour. On your first visit, you should allow extra time as I will take your medical history and listen to your reasons for seeking treatment.
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; there is no manipulation. Your body will govern how the session unfolds and it will set the pace of the treatment.
CST is a sensory experience and deeply subjective so your own experience will be unique. Your current state of health and life history will determine how the treatment proceeds and what you feel.
The experience most commonly felt is a deepening of breathing and a deep settling into the body. Often there is a reconnection to an inner state of calm and feeling of wellbeing.
Can CST help me?
In a world where we are all so active, the stillness of cranial work is a welcome respite. However, people also seek CST for specific health conditions. Listed below are some of the reasons clients have sought my help:
Acute and chronic stress
Feelings of panic
Tooth grinding and jaw pain
Post viral fatigue
Emotional and physical trauma
Digestive/ gut conditions
Back and neck pain
Recovery from surgery, accident and illness
Support for ongoing chronic conditions
CST complements talking therapies very well.
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 an improvement in symptoms after one or two sessions but chronic conditions and work to help resolve trauma will take longer. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to know if CST might be suitable for you. You will find more information about CST on the Craniosacral Therapy Association website.
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.
Dawn Thein Holistic Therapy Suite 10 High Beech House 8-10 High Beech Road Loughton Essex IG10 4BL