Craniosacral Therapy

THE BODY’S POWER TO SELF HEAL

"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease" Hippocrates

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There has been long-term recognition of the body’s power to repair and self heal. Medical science has not yet explained the processes that operate in self-healing. Hippocrates regarded this phenomenon as the healing force of nature and the task of the physician was to assist the healing force. In biodynamic craniosacral therapy we recognize this healing force or biodynamic potency; it maintains a template of optimum function for all body systems. While many medical approaches both mainstream and complementary rely on external intervention in the form of medication, surgery or manipulation to combat disease, cranial practitioners follow Hippocrates’ advice and harnesses the body’s inherent self-healing potential to restore health where it has been compromised.

Craniosacral therapy developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered intrinsic subtle movements of the bones in the head and his further research revealed that all cells in the body express rhythmic movements which are fundamental to life. Sutherland named these rhythmic movements primary respiration. As a result of detailed clinical observation of fluids, tissues and organs it has become clear that these movements, which can be measured with delicate scientific instruments, are a direct expression of health and offer a way of restoring health when it has been compromised. 

Limitation or absence of the movements implies a reduction in health. Restriction of movement also corresponds to a reduction of the natural capacity to self-heal, creating a cycle which can lead to a variety of symptoms or to disease. Using the hands to feel variations in suble movement  allows craniosacral therapists to facilitate change in areas of stasis.   

WHAT DOES CRANIAL TREATMENT INVOLVE?

As a first step, I take your full health history.  This will includes details about lifestyle, emotional state, early childhood and conditions which run in the family. I will then recommend a treatment plan of a number of sessions.  A craniosacral session lasts for between 45 minutes and 1 hour. You lie fully clothed on the treatment couch and I use light physical touch, contacting different parts of your body as necessary.

During a session clients often report a deep sense of relaxation and may become aware of temperature changes, tingling, pulsations or other sensations. Once the session is completed, changes can continue over several days and may initially exacerbate symptoms.*

© Katherine Ukleja 2014