What to expect on your first visit?
During your first session I take a detailed case history including how your health is, any medications you’re taking, how you’re sleeping,your diet, any accidents or illnesses and how you’re feeling about life in general. I also listen carefully to your reasons for your visit and what you’d like to have happen as a result of your session. With your agreement I may also ask you to complete a brief questionnaire to map where you at this time regarding your main reason for coming for Craniosacral therapy and at the start of subsequent sessions as a way for us to evaluate what is happening for you.
I will then invite you to lie down face up, fully clothed (with your shoes removed) and take up a light contact on your body, often starting either at your feet or your shoulders. I then feel and listen with my hands to what is going on in your system, noticing where tensions and restrictions are held. I then place my hands on other areas of your body, depending on what your body is telling me. As Craniosacral therapy works with the source of the issue you may find I focus on areas other than where you experience symptoms.
As the session progresses I may ask you what you are experiencing and invite you to notice and track what is happening in your body. At other times the work unfolds in silence. You may find yourself experiencing a deep sense of relaxation…some people describe it as sort of being asleep, yet awake at the same time. You may also experience different sensations such as heat, tingling, popping, cold which can all by signs of your body releasing tensions, other times a long forgotten memory may pop into your head and sometimes you may find that you have no words to describe what you’re feeling. There is no way to predict what will happen as everyone responds and releases tensions in their individual way.
At the end of the session there will be time to talk about what you noticed and to answer any questions that may have arisen.
Subsequent sessions follow a similar course without the case history part.
How long is a session and how many sessions will you need?
- Allow 60 minutes for sessions.
- Babies and younger children allow 30 minutes per session.
Everyone is different and for some three or four sessions will be enough, and for others who may have a more chronic or entrenched condition then more or a regular programme of sessions may suit you better.
What happens after a session?
This can vary from person to person as your body integrates the work. Some clients find they just need to have a quiet day and need to rest, others are full of beans, and many clients enjoy a deep night’s sleep. It is possible that your symptoms may make a temporary re-appearance that then melt away. One way to make the most of your session is to reflect upon the it afterwards, to listen to what your body is telling you and follow its direction.
What can Craniosacral Therapy help with?
As CST supports your body’s inner wisdom to recover balance and health, it can assist in many areas. Increasingly clients are using CST as a means of maintaining a healthy self and as a proactive way of keeping themselves in tip top shape, as well as finding relief from a wide range of ailments. Clients I have worked with have found help with:
• Headaches and migraines • Jaw pain, TMJ and sinus problems • Back pain and Sciatica • Central nervous system disorders • Orthopedic problems • Traumatic brain injuries • Scoliosis • Birth trauma and Infant disorders • Colic • Post-surgical recovery • Chronic Fatigue • Emotional difficulties • Stress and Tension-Related Problems • Fibromyalgia and other connective-tissue disorders • Anxiety and depression • Immune and endocrine disorders • Trauma recovery • Sleeplessness • Cancer and the effects of chemo and radiotherapy • Connecting with inner wisdom •
Do I need to be a specialist in your particular issue?
In short no. Craniosacral therapy works at the root of the problem and complements your body’s natural ability to find its way back to health.
Where can you find a Craniosacral Therapist?
If you’re unable to come to me in the West Sussex/Hampshire area then you can find a practitioner using this link.