What to expect
On their first visit clients will be asked for a medical and surgical history including past or ongoing treatments. Then he/she will lie down fully clothed and the practitioner will make contact with the head and other parts of the body. Sometimes the client will feel swirling or pulsing motions through his/her body or spine.Treatments last between 45–60 minutes. Afterwards clients report feeling either relaxed or energised sometimes with immediate improvement.
What does it feel like?
The touch is very light: the therapist’s hands on your head or other relevant areas of the body may result in a deep sense of relaxation, and possibly an awareness of heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations.
There is recognition, a subconscious awareness, that this is a safe place. People have said to me it as ‘almost like physical meditation’, ‘deeply relaxing’, ‘like your hands are part of me’, ‘the pain is diminished and I feel young again’.
How does it help?
All self-repair of the body is expressed as tiny movements of the fluids and connective tissue. Craniosacral practitioners are trained to sense and assist these movements.
Your body will recognise the touch of someone who acknowledges the wisdom of its internal workings and it can therefore fully relax into the treatment. As a result the changes that occur will be balanced and gradual, following the pace that your body sets and is able to sustain. We call this ‘the inherent treatment plan’.
How does it work?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) identifies and releases tissue strains of the body. Using a highly trained sense of palpation, a practitioner can identify points of weakness or excessive strain, thus facilitating the body’s potential to heal itself.