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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 are trained to listen and assist 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 greatly 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 systematical fragmentation of the human body to cure, or get rid of diseased parts, so as to restore health. Alternatively, Craniosacral Therapy orients to the body-mind-spirit as the wholeness that we directly experience in our day-to-day lifes when we are healthy. In this way, the recovery process is based on helping individuals settle into their body so as 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.
Craniosacral Therapy approaches the presence of disease or dysfunction as the developing uneasiness of health to convey its organizing forces through the body. In this way, symptoms are considered as a manifestation of a part that has become fragmented or isolated from the integrated whole. Consequently, the therapeutic focus is directed towards the re-instauration of wholeness in order to overcome symptoms with patients acquiring knowledge regarding their current situation.
Because of its truly holistic approach, 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 meeting one’s life challenges.
Being non-invasive and gentle, Craniosacral Therapy is ideal and equally suitable to children in young age as well as 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.
Craniosacral Therapy at the Leigham Practice is given by Sergi Casals, who is a Craniosacral Therapist, a Masters Level Osteopath twice awarded Best Academic Performance from the British School of Osteopathy, and an experienced HCPC Registered Physiotherapist. Sergi practices Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, which implies the therapist uses light touch to effectively listen to the state of the tissues and fluids of the body so as to support shifts that can positively affect the body, mind and spirit as a whole.
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.
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 gently hold your head, the base of your spine or other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. Because the body functions as a whole, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
Physical contact between patient and practitioner will always be established under patients’ consent. For those who carry history of trauma, please do express to your practitioner what you feel comfortable with, regarding physical contact and general boundaries as a person.
Although there are no specific “dos” or “don’ts” following your treatment, our practitioner can offer advice or exercises you might find helpful. As your treatment progresses, you will be encouraged 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 find benefit from regular treatment over an extended period of time, others may prefer to book on an occasional basis. Ultimately, it depends on what you are looking for, as Craniosacral Therapy is here to offer you support in your own individual processes as a person from a holistic point of view.
Please be aware that a small number of 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, do not hesitate to call us on any day of the week for help or advice.
Like in many other body-oriented therapies, Craniosacral Therapy aims to improve health and wellbeing of the patient, and can reduce dependency on medication and healthcare professionals. 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.
If you’d like further help or advice just give us a call and ask to speak to our team and find out how we can help.