Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands on treatment which evolved from Osteopathy and takes a whole person approach to healing by reducing stress and tensions within the body.
Despite its gentle approach it is a powerful therapy that affects the central nervous system to assist in improving function in the whole body.
Around 100 years ago, Dr William Sutherland, discovered that all the tissues of the body express a rhythmic movement or ‘craniosacral motion’. The cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain and spinal cord, expresses this motion in a wave like flow. The restriction of this flow and motion can occur as a result of physical or emotional trauma - accidents or falls, stress, toxicity, past trauma, shock or unresolved and unexpressed emotions.
A Craniosacral therapist uses very gentle touch and listens to the body through the hands to find out where these restrictions are. The aim is to help the body to release these tensions and contractions usually just by the application of light pressure, supporting the natural rhythm and flow to return.
This is often followed by the improvement of specific symptoms, improved vitality and a greater sense of calm and wellbeing.
The CranioSacral therapy Association made a video which explains exactly what it is and what happens during a treatment ..