Craniosacral therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?

-       Craniosacral Therapy was developed by an osteopath in the 1930s, so the philosophy and approach to health is similar to osteopathy.  It works with your body in many ways, but one of the key aspects is that it helps to release restrictions in the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. This increases the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and allows the central nervous system to function optimally.

-       CSF has a vital role to play in the body. Not only does it cushion and protect the brain and spine, but it also supplies nutrition to the nervous system and gets ride of waste. So its function is very important, and increasing the flow of CSF can create many benefits to your physical and mental wellbeing. 

 How it works?

-       A skilled craniosacral therapist has developed a high sensitivity in their hands enabling them to listen closely to the internal landscape of the body. In a healthy system, there is lots of healthy movement; lungs breathe, heart beats, blood circulates, everything is constantly moving. Where there is no motion there is no life.

-       The practitioner’s focus is on how well your body is moving and which parts of not moving as well with the whole, causing pain, discomfort and dis-ease.

-       Practitioners can detect a range of symptoms including physical restrictions in muscles, joints and other tissues. They also listen closely to the rhythm of the CSF and the quality of nervous system activity detecting emotional trauma and distress.

What happens in a sessions?

-       During a treatment, the client lays on the table fully clothed. The therapist will often place their hands on the head, back or sacrum, and once they establish where the body is tense, restricted or blocked, they will then work with the central nervous system to improve conditions for the brain and spine. This encourages fluid motion in all systems which has flow on effects for the whole body, helping it to self-correct and return to health.

-       Each person’s body is different and the treatment respects where the client is at on that day. Often the symptom is not the main priority for healing and there are a series of adjustments that need to take place before the issue can be resolved.

-       As the practitioner works you may experience gentle, warm, pulsing motions in your body. This is a sign of release and at the end of the session your body will feel more aligned and balanced. Most clients report a significant improvement in their health within two to three sessions.

-       The approach is a safe, gentle hands-on therapy. It is non-invasive and there are no manipulations or cracking. Instead the therapist allows the treatment to unfold naturally in response to the client’s system.

-       Craniosacral therapy treatments have been known to produce a range of results - muscle tension eases, spine and joint alignment improves, the nervous system, immune system and endocrine (hormone) systems self-regulate, settling down if they have been overactive, or awakening if they have been dormant. Digestion and elimination functions improve and clients often report improved quality of sleep, pain relief and a general state of calmness.

-       Suitable for all ages, including babies, children and adults, it treats a broad range of health issues including musculoskeletal pain and is particularly well suited for meeting physical and emotional trauma that is stored in the body. The therapy creates a safe place for recovery to occur, sometimes during the session, or other times setting in motion a process of recovery that can occur over a course of sessions and between sessions. 

 Common issues CST addresses:

" I attended one of Janine’s workshops in Auckland last year. I have always been interested in the mind-body connection. The workshop however went far deeper than what I’ve ever expected. Janine explained to us what happens in our bodies on a cellular level, and if that was not profound enough, she went on to demonstrate how emotions are manifested in our physical bodies. It was fascinating to hear from Janine how, for instance, simple things like hip alignment (or not), the way we carry our shoulders and our postures could tell a deeper story. "
- Anonymous

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