Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch to ‘listen’ to the body’s subtle rhythms. During or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
Your treatment is conducted fully clothed lying on the treatment couch. The hands may rest at the head, feet, sacrum or along the spine.
Craniosacral therapy is especially good for releasing tensions deep in your body to relieve pain and discomfort, harmonising the natural rhythm in the central nervous system. It supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress, promote relaxation and build your underlying energy.
Research has demonstrated positive results when working with:
- Stress and anxiety
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- General Pain
- TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders – jaw issues)
- Wellbeing – balance
Many clients seek out craniosacral therapists because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges.
CST For Mothers & Babies (and Fathers too!)
CST has a good reputation for its effectiveness in helping women in pregnancy, post pregnancy and for many complaints affecting young babies and children. Its gentle approach using very light touch makes it particularly suitable for fragile youngsters. Babies can be treated in their mother’s arms, perhaps while being cuddled or fed, while toddlers can be treated as they play.
CST can be beneficial when a mother has had a difficult pregnancy or delivery, or if her baby is not feeding well, has colic, reflux, digestive problems, disturbed sleep or is generally uncomfortable, when CST may help bring comfort and ease.
Big Changes From Light Touches
I have witnessed CST bringing about remarkable changes in babies in just a few sessions; calmer babies, less screaming and crying, and improved sleep patterns. Parents, too, need time to adjust to the changes in their lives, and CST can be helpful in promoting relaxation, improving sleep and increasing your sense of wellbeing.
From the moment of conception a mother and her child’s lives are a whirlwind of change and development. These can bring challenges, so it is helpful to have a range of supportive ‘tools’ to address the issues. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is one such tool, ideal for mothers, babies and children.
Developed from osteopathic research, and particularly cranial osteopathy, CST is a gentle non-invasive way of working with the whole body by using light touch. The therapist uses their hands to ‘listen’ to your body and allow it to respond to their sensitive touch through ‘listening’ to itself. CST is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.