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Craniosacral Therapy at Leigham Practice
Sergi Casals, who is a Craniosacral Therapist, award-winning Masters Level Osteopath and an experienced HCPC Registered physiotherapist, gives craniosacral Therapy at the Leigham Practice.
Sergi practices Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, which implies the therapist uses light touch to feel the state of the tissues and fluids of the body to support shifts that can positively affect the body, mind, and spirit.
People who have experienced Craniosacral Therapy have used words such as a sense of relief, relaxation, embodiment, stillness, comforting warmth, inner peace, feeling alive and present, as well as feeling whole again.
Why consider Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy can be considered for acute problems ranging from headaches, shoulder injuries and spinal problems to chronic long-standing issues or even emotional stresses, such as the need for ongoing support with busy lives or help to meet one’s life challenges.
Being non-invasive and gentle, Craniosacral Therapy is ideal and equally suitable for young children and any age-related problem. It can also provide support and relief during pre-, peri- and post-natal periods by helping the body to settle back into calmness and health.
What happens in a session?
Your session lasts approximately one hour and begins, like most healthcare assessments, with the practitioner taking a detailed case history and talking about the reasons that prompted you to attend.
After the case history taking, patients usually lay down fully clothed, facing up or on the side, although some people may prefer to remain seated. The practitioner will cradle your head, the base of your spine or other areas, encouraging your body to relax and make the changes it needs. Your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
For those who carry a history of trauma, please express to your practitioner what you feel comfortable regarding physical contact and general boundaries as a person.
After your session
Although there are no specific dos or don’ts following your treatment, your practitioner can offer advice or exercises you might find helpful. As your treatment progresses, they will encourage you to feedback on the changes you are noticing so that the practitioner can adjust the treatments accordingly.
The overall course of treatment session varies from one patient to another, and is assessed according to the levels of stress and symptom chronicity, as well as the response to treatment itself and the patient’s needs, goals, and motivations. Although some people report relief after only one or two sessions, long-standing and chronic problems will normally require more treatment. Despite some patients finding benefit from regular treatment over an extended period, others may prefer to book occasionally. Ultimately, Craniosacral Therapy offers support in your own individual processes as a person from your unique point of view.
Please be aware that a few patients report a temporary worsening of their symptoms following treatment, though this only lasts a day or two. You should not worry if this happens, since the body often needs time to readjust and integrate the releases that often occur within sessions. If you worry, call us for help or advice.
Like in many other body-oriented therapies, Craniosacral Therapy aims to improve health and wellbeing of the patient, and aims to reduce dependency on medication and health care professionals, including us. However, this approach is entirely complimentary and is not intended as an alternative to primary healthcare. As a physiotherapist and osteopath, Sergi is used to working alongside the relationship you have with your doctor where this is appropriate and always with your approval.
For further help or advice, call and ask to speak to our team about how we can help.
About Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore, and heal itself. It can help you reduce stress, provide symptom relief and build-up your underlying energy. The practitioner senses subtle motions in the body’s tissues and fluids, helping to release areas of tension in a supported and comfortable manner. During or after a session, you may feel calm and embodied, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of wellbeing.
Central to Craniosacral Therapy is the understanding that the body is a self-healing organism, where health is regarded as the inherent intelligence within our bodies. Living bodies express subtle rhythmical motions throughout the fluids and tissues that compose it. Craniosacral therapists seek the expression of these motions in order to support health.
Nowadays, healthcare widely relies on an Evidence-Based Medicine, which, with the help of technological advances, is developing expertise in understanding the different parts of the body and their relationship in health and disease. Despite the irrefutable progress and understanding that this approach continues to provide us with, it is essentially based on the systematic fragmentation of the human body to cure, or get rid of diseased parts, to restore health. Alternatively, Craniosacral Therapy orients to the body-mind-spirit as the wholeness that we directly experience in our day-to-day lives when we are healthy. In this way, the recovery process is based on helping individuals settle into their body to reconnect with the health that is inherent in all of us. Thus, craniosacral therapy aims to harness the patients’ innate ability to listen and relax into their body and, as a result, supports their autonomy to overcome physical and emotional challenges embedded in life.