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Question: What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Answer:  Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.  It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger, after many years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as Professor of Biomechanics.

Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.  CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Question:  How does Craniosacral Therapy work?

Answer:  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, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by 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 that it must work to compensate for.  Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system.  These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord, resulting in restrictions.  This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.

Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch.  With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the 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 normalizing 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.

Question: What conditions does Craniosacral Therapy address?

Question: Is there any condition for which CST should not be used?

Answer:   There are certain situations where application of CST would not be recommended.  These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability.  Acute aneurysm, cerebral haemorrhage or other pre-existing severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that would be affected by slight intracranial pressure changes.  It should not be used if a person has any kind of prosthesis or implants (e.g. pacemaker, organ transplant, shunts, pins, plates).

Question:  What happens during a CST session?

Answer:  During your first session, the therapist will proceed with a consultation and a full medical/health history will be taken and recorded.  This information is very important and allows the therapist to form a “whole picture” of your current health issues.

Your first session will then follow, and takes the form of an assessment of your craniosacral system, and what is being reflected in your physical symptoms, as well as where there are restrictions in your cranial rhythm.  All sessions are carried out with the client fully clothed and lying on the therapy bed.  The therapist will ask you to remove your shoes, and any bulky jewellery or a belt if it will impede the session in any way.

Each session is client-led, meaning that the client can stop the session at any stage - if they are feeling overwhelmed or uncomfortable, if they need the bathroom, or to drink some water.  There is no force involved, and the whole session can proceed in silence, or the client can choose to talk and ask questions as the session progresses.

Sessions with adults last around an hour (or slightly longer), depending on what is being worked with.  When working with children and babies, sessions can last between 30 and 45 minutes.

Question:  How many sessions will I need?

Answer:  Response to CST varies from individual to individual, and is also dependant on what condition is being worked with.  The number of sessions required varies widely, however on average a minimum of 6-10 sessions is recommended, usually weekly.  Once a health issue has been resolved, many people continue with a session once a month for maintenance.

Method of Payment – Cash on the day of your appointment, or EFT within 24 hours of your appointment.

Cancellation is required with 24 hours notice, or the appointment will be charged for in full.

All clients are reminded of their appointments, via sms, the day before.