What is it like?
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on treatment for which you usually lie on a couch. There is no manipulation and the lightest of touch is used. You don’t even have to take your clothes off, just your shoes. Most people find it deeply relaxing.
You may experience heat, tingling, pulsations and other sensations as the treatment progresses and your body responds. It can be helpful if you remain aware of any sensations or feelings that may arise during the session as this can help keep you involved in your own healing process. However this awareness is not essential for the treatment to be effective. Many people spend at least some of the session in a deeply relaxed state similar to sleep.
Sometimes emotions may be released during sessions. However the aim of the therapy is very much to proceed at the pace of your system in a gentle, manageable way. Craniosacral Therapy works with the understanding that whatever suffering we are experiencing, we still have an underlying capacity for health even if we have lost contact with our awareness of this. The aim of the therapy is to help us reconnect with this inherent capacity for health.
There is also an understanding that our system has its own wisdom and knows how things should be resolved. The therapist very much respects this and tries to allow the system to proceed in its own way and at its own pace, facilitating rather that imposing from outside.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments necessary is very much an individual matter, reflecting the nature of the condition being treated, how long it has been established and your level of vitality. It is perhaps more realistic to think in terms of a series of treatments, initially at weekly or fortnightly intervals.
The first session lasts for up to 1 1/2 hours as it will involve taking your case history. Following sessions last for 1 hour.
Craniosacral Therapy is intended to complement, rather than replace the relationship with your medical practitioner. If you have or suspect you have, a health problem please contact your doctor for advice.