Available in our Jersey, Channel Island’s clinic, Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve the body’s health and performance.
The non-invasive and gentle process addresses restrictions in the craniosacral system, which consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The Craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. By making light contact at selected points around the body, it’s possible to identify where the rhythm is disrupted. Gentle pressure can then be used to release these restrictions, enabling the body to rebalance and perform at its best.
Craniosacral therapy was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
> Who is it for?
Craniosacral Therapy can be beneficial for anyone.
Adults, teenagers, children and the elderly can all benefit from Craniosacral Therapy.
Newborns can benefit greatly from Craniosacral therapy, especially if they were misaligned during their nine months’ development within the womb or if the birthing process was challenging.
Animals can benefit from Craniosacral therapy in the same way as humans. It can help them to find health and balance in their body, relieving stress and discomfort.
> What can it help with?
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It is very effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Emotional distress such as anxiety, depression, worry
- Traumas (birth, falls, accidents, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, loss/grief, surgeries, ect)
- Concussions and head/brain trauma
- Joint Pain
- Chronic and acute neck and back pain
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
- Immune System Support
- Migraines / Headaches
- Support through life changes
- Support with MS
- Support with Dementia /Alzheimer’s
- Support with cancer
- Bereavement (including animal bereavement)
For babies and children it can help with;
- Birth Trauma
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Sleeping Problems, night tremors
- Growing pains
- Nursing/latching difficulties
- Emotional fears, anxiety
- ADD/ADHD/Learning Disabilities
- Special needs children and autism spectrum
- Developmental delays
- Proprioceptive/balance issues
- Immune system support
> How does Craniosacral Therapy work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And few systems have as much impact on the central nervous system as the Craniosacral system (the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord).
Every day your body endures stresses and strains, and your structures work to compensate for them. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system, which can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord. The result is a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
I use my hands to evaluate your craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of your body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system
By rectifying the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, Craniosacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
> How long will my appointments last?
Your first appointment will be 1 hour 15 minutes to incorporate the completion of the consultation form and a thorough evaluation. Thereafter the appointments will be 1 hour.
> What can I expect from a Craniosacral Therapy session?
Craniosacral Therapy will take place at my clinic. You will lie on the couch fully clothed and my hands will be positioned on various points on your body to enable me to feel your craniosacral rhythm. You may feel your body moving as the treatment progresses. You may also feel some heat and an overall sense of relaxation.
What you experience during each session is highly individual. Some people say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. You may even recall circumstances surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused your body stress. While it doesn’t occur in every session, this aspect of the process called Somato-Emotional Release, it is perfectly normal, and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.
> How many sessions will I need?
Since everyone is unique, the number of sessions needed to resolve any particular condition varies widely, however I would recommend a minimum of three sessions.
> Are there any conditions that shouldn’t be addressed with Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is not recommended for certain conditions where intracranial pressure would cause instability, such as an acute aneurysm, recent skull fracture and cerebral haemorrhage or other severe bleeding disorders.
If you have any questions about whether these situations apply to you, then you should seek the advice or your doctor before receiving Craniosacral therapy.