What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Balancing the Cranio-Sacral System

Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle yet extremely effective, hands on technique that balances the cranio-sacral system of the body. The cranio-sacral system encompasses all structures within the cranium, the spinal cord and the sacral area (ie, skull to pelvis) which is otherwise known as The Central Nervous System and it is the main controlling system for our body. It is composed of our brain, brainstem and spinal cord. These structures are completely enclosed by tough layers of membranes which are filled with a clear fluid called cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid provides nutrition and protection to the central nervous system. The outer layer of this membrane, the Dura Mater, attaches at its uppermost end to the inside of our skull; it surrounds our brain, brainstem and spinal cord, and attaches at its lowermost end to our tailbone.

The cerebrospinal fluid must be circulated, but unlike our blood it does not have a heart to pump it around. It is circulated mainly by the rhythmic movement of our cranial (skull) bones at the top and the movement of our sacrum (in the middle rear of our pelvis) at the bottom, and joined by the Dura mater in between.

What can Craniosacral Therapy help?

Craniosacral Therapy is helpful for treating headaches, muscular imbalance, hormonal dysfunction, insomnia and learning disabilities.

If the cranio-sacral system is not functioning correctly, many symptoms can develop. Basically, as the central nervous system is involved in every function of the body, almost anything can be affected.

What to expect in a Craniosacral Therapy Treatment?

Craniosacral is a non-invasive treatment technique to soothe pain and relieve stress in the body. CS can mobilise bones in the spine with gentle corrections which is great for children and elderly patients.

Conditions that may be helped Craniosacral Therapy include:

  • Neck, Jaw and Low Back Pain
  • Restless Legs
  • Balance & Coordination
  • Stress
  • Organ function including digestion
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Trauma recovery

Following treatment using craniosacral techniques it is normal to feel lighter, relaxed, and even taller!