Cranio-Sacral therapy (CST) is a very gentle hands-on type of treatment which evolved from the work of osteopaths such as W. Sutherland in the early 20th century. Although some of the palpation or other techniques used by cranio-sacral therapists were invented by osteopaths, CST is separate from osteopathy. Using a very light touch, CS therapists are trained to identify some very subtle rhythms in our bodies and to feel blockages, distortions or patterns in the tissues. The touch seems to be stimulating the body to correct and heal itself and release whatever trauma or blockages were held in the tissues.
What to expect:
During a typical session, after discussing your symptoms, you will lie on a couch with your clothes on. It is also possible to treat in any other position: sitting or lying on the floor while a child patient is playing, or sitting in a chair. Most patients find a session very relaxing. Some do not feel much more than relaxed at first and start experiencing deeper benefits a bit later. Others do get a sense of what is happening, such as tissues releasing tensions or traumas. The sessions are very much patient-led, the practitioner is facilitating the self-healing mechanism in the patient at the pace and place where he is guided to do so from what he senses through his hands. So if you come for treatment due to chronic headaches, I may not at first work on your head. My attention may be guided elsewhere, for example to your legs: an old fall when you broke your ankle could have triggered a chain of changes in your body, from overusing the other leg, then affecting the balance in your hips and pulling on your back muscles which creates tension in your neck and now triggers headaches!! All our structures are linked via fascia, a cling-film like tissue so I look at and treat the whole person, not parts in isolation.
Florence is a registered member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK