Craniosacral therapy

 

Craniosacral therapy is a soothing, non-invasive, hands-on bodywork modality, which I offer in-person and remotely as distant healing sessions.

It is an evolution out of Cranial Osteopathy, a specialization of the osteopathic profession that was introduced to the world in the 1930's by an American osteopath and visionary called William Sutherland.

It was further developed by dr. John Upledger.

The craniosacral system includes the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid, the system of membranes inside the cranium, cranial bones, the spine and the sacrum.

A silent force, a field of chi (energy), flows through the craniosacral system, and infuses it with information and intelligence.

It is possible to listen and connect to this field, and to gently correct and work on deep-seated patterns and trauma in the body.

Craniosacral therapy's use of very gentle and precise touch releases restrictions deep in the body to relieve dysfunction and helps the client feel more relaxed, balanced and at home in themselves.

The holistic aspect of this modality can help the client understand what troubles them, and what they need to reclaim their equanimity, and their place in life. Such work can also help to release deep-seated trauma - which is usually stored in our bodily cells.

Throughout life, our body absorbs many stresses and strains physically, emotionally and mentally. Over time these can compromise the function of the central nervous system and the performance of nearly every other system in the body. 
Craniosacral therapy releases these restrictions to allow the entire body to relax and self correct.

Craniosacral Therapy is non-manipulative and allows the client’s system to safely set the pace and order at which adjustments can occur naturally. 

As a therapist listens and tunes in to the body as a whole, a reorganization towards health takes place that involves physiological, psychological and energetic levels. 

What happens during a session?

During in-person sessions the client is clothed and typically lying on their back comfortably on a massage table. The therapist will gently touch different parts of the body in order to listen to and tune in to all levels of the system - physical, emotional and mental.

With deep sensing of the body, the therapist will find areas of restriction within the bones, tissues, membranes, and organs and energy system in general.

Gentle techniques are then used to release these restrictive and/or tense areas and improve the health and function of the central nervous system.

Sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.

How many sessions will I need?

Everyone and every issue is different. For an acute issue, 3 sessions will usually show great improvement. For chronic pain/disease it often takes longer.

Can craniosacral therapy be combined with other modalities? 

Depending on what clients needs are, craniosacral therapy, visionary craniosacral therapy, energy healing and visualized constellation can often be combined in one session.

Craniosacral Therapy and Trauma Recovery

 

Craniosacral therapy facilitates the release of fascial restrictions and emotional/mental holding patterns, in particular through the central nervous system. Releasing these restrictions allows the body as a whole to function at its highest level, offering relief from the emotional, mental and physical symptoms of trauma.

 

Craniosacral therapy supports the self-regulation of the central nervous system, increasing the capacity of the nervous system to move through and recover from difficult experiences and increase the capacity for handling stressful situations.

 

This gentle yet powerful therapy modality offers the opportunity to slow down and for the body to reconnect with its core health - helping to release held restrictions, and feel balanced and free again.

It works by sensing into the body - the practitioner deeply 'listens' and tune into the system as a whole, finding and working on constrictions on all levels.

 

It offers resolution of all types of trauma and difficult impacts — emotional, physical, mental, spiritual - like auto accident trauma, sexual and emotional abuse, physical injuries, post surgical recovery and medical trauma.

 

My main experience is in working with stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), panic attacks, post surgery/dental care and in supporting symptoms & side effects in long-term illness like chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

Craniosacral therapy acknowledges the whole person on all levels and focuses on the reconnection to health and vitality in the system, embracing the latest findings in medical science (in particular in trauma therapy) and the wisdom of traditional healing arts.

 

As Craniosacral therapy orients to the health in the whole system rather than to symptoms, the client’s inherent inner wisdom and body intelligence leads the therapy process and deep and lasting transformation can occur.

 

 

Trauma

 

 

Often the root cause of mental illnesses or addictions is a nervous system that has been reorganised in an unbalanced way as a result of its inability to integrate a traumatic experience. When we experience trauma, or something our brains perceive as life threatening, we are given three choices: fight, flight or freeze. In order to prepare ourselves for any of these options our bodies flood with energy such as adrenaline. Once the threat has passed, we need time to discharge this energy. More often than not, trauma survivors are not able to properly rid themselves of this stored energy which then over time starts to dysregulate the nervous system. 

When our nervous system is dysregulated, we can become less able to cope with the normal ups and downs of life – often over reacting or under reacting in emotional situations. The energy can remain activated, long after the traumatic event has passed, by what we know as hypervigilance and/or an high susceptibility to triggers – noises, smells, a similar person or situation etc. Because the energy that was unable to be discharged after the trauma remained in our limbic system, we are unable to access it cognitively, which renders normal talking therapy somewhat moot until we can help the body discharge this energy in some other way. 

 

 

Trauma is a blanket term that covers different stressful events from an accident to ongoing anxiety from childhood. Trauma can make someone feel helpless or overwhelmed during their everyday life. 

It isn't easy to cope with trauma. When a person suffers from trauma, the brain holds on to these memories and stores them away. Sensory inputs trigger these memories.  These sensory inputs include smell, sight, or hearing. 

 

Many believe they can tuck away trauma into the deep recesses of their brain, but if the trauma is left untreated, it can lead to anxiety, depression, phobias, and other mental health issues. Trauma can also lead to physical problems such as fatigue, high blood pressure, or gastrointestinal issues. Let's take a look at some of the different categories of trauma that someone could suffer from and ways to treat them. 

 

 

Craniosacral therapy in trauma recovery

 

Craniosacral work offers a way of being held that encourages a sense of safety and connection through the body that can be difficult to access during periods of high stress. 

As these feelings grow and become more integrated, we can meet and hold ourselves with more awareness, compassion and patience. How we hold our feelings changes our biology, so this helps us to regulate sleep, digestion, and muscular tension, as well improving psychological and emotional wellbeing.

 

Putting clients at the center of their own recovery journey is exceptionally empowering. Being non-manipulative and being guided by the client’s own rhythm and innate healing wisdom makes craniosacral therapy a valuable tool in the recovery from trauma. 

 

With time the body will start to increasingly orient to its inherent health. The therapy can also help one better understand the physical implications of emotions and deeper belief systems on the body. 

Throughout the sessions clients can safely experience the release of both physical and emotional stress and trauma.

 

I have trained extensively in Craniosacral Therapy and several other modalities focusing on trauma, pain and stress. 

What is visionary craniosacral therapy?

Visionary Craniosacral Therapy can support one's healing journey with a combination of gentle and sensitive touch, intuitive perception, ancient wisdom, anatomical knowledge, and technical expertise.

These varied aspects of craniosacral therapy join together in a healing dance, creating a wonderfully balanced and grounded form of bodywork. It engages the body’s own healing wisdom to initiate the healing process, and restore balance and harmony on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Visionary craniosacral therapy is beautifully described by Hugh Milne in his book 'The Heart Of Listening': "This is a healer's work; it specializes in matters of the heart and soul."

Visionary Craniosacral work combines sensitive hands-on bodywork with meditative use of the inner eye and inner ear. 

A supremely gentle approach, it honours both the analytic understanding of how things happen and the intuitive perception of how things really are. Combined, the soul can be touched and deep healing can occur. 

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