Are you suffering from back pain and having trouble finding a solution? Would you like the solution to be a gentle form of hands-on therapy which mostly involves you lying still on the table and relaxing? Craniosacral could be the perfect therapy for you.
Craniosacral therapy works with the membrane surrounding the brain and the cerebrospinal fluid to balance the skeletal system and support the nervous system.
Our craniosacral system has a natural rhythm stimulated by the production of cerebrospinal fluid. The rhythm is like a tidal ebb and flow except when it is out of balance.
Therapist Caroline Welsh has been practising craniosacral therapy for ten years. “The craniosacral rhythm is independent of other rhythms in the body,” Caroline says. “It is independent of pulse, breathing, everything. Our bodies are 75 per cent water and that makes it easy for a trained practitioner to feel the rhythm and work with it.”
Often we think of back treatment as manipulation, cracking, massage, and exercises. In a craniosacral session, your experience is likely to be more gentle than any of these, yet profoundly healing.
The practitioner holds your body in a way that gently encourages the rebalancing of the craniosacral fluid, resulting in a deep experience of healing and relaxation.
Craniosacral therapy is not just for backs. It can be useful for all kinds of physical and emotional stress or trauma, and as a preventative therapy.
“Throughout our lives our bodies experience layer upon layer of stress, and sometimes trauma. If these experiences are minor, the body and the craniosacral fluids will realign themselves, but when the experience is severe the rhythm is interrupted and the body is unable to complete its natural process of healing.”
Craniosacral therapy is particularly suited to elderly people, children, or anyone experiencing high levels of pain as the treatment is the least invasive of all body-work therapies.
“Craniosacral therapy is so non-invasive that you can work on babies as soon as they are born. Trauma to the body can start during birth. A long birth can be traumatic, but also, a short birth can be too much, too soon.”
“If you can treat babies within the first three days, you can really prevent some of the consequences of birth trauma, including severe conditions like ADHD and autism.”
Craniosacral therapy respects the body and calls on the body’s natural ability to heal.
“It gets to the source of the problem and doesn’t impose anything on the body,” Caroline says.
The gentle and rhythmic nature of the treatment can induce a sleep-like state, meaning that the patient is always relaxed, creating a greater opportunity for healing.
“Youre calling upon the bodys natural ability to heal itself.”