Craniosacral Therapy is a broad health-care system which employs a gentle manual contact on the body to palpate and interact with the patients cranio-sacral system. Practitioners believe that this is the primary physiological system which sustains and distributes the self-healing energies of the body. The action of the cranio-sacral system imparts a subtle but palpable rhythmic motion to the entire body structure. This can be detected and evaluated all over the body. With the insight it brings, the Craniosacral Practitioner can build up a dynamic picture of the structural and energetic state of the body. The cranio-sacral system also has the healing potential to resolve many of the problems it reveals. Through subtle techniques, the inherent potency of the system can be directed and focused on areas of restriction and imbalance. It has the power to gently unwind and release restrictions, restore fluidity to body structure and revitalise our life energy.
Craniosacral Therapy shares its conceptual origin with the field of cranial osteopathy, which was developed in the early 1900s by an osteopath W.G. Sutherland. The system began to be developed outside the osteopathic profession, most notably by John Upledger, an osteopath who introduced the concept to practitioners from other therapeutic disciplines. This stimulated further developments within the field and Craniosacral Therapy now represents a new (and still evolving) approach to Sutherland's cranial concept.
What to Expect
Practitioners will take a detailed case history embracing present symptoms and problems as well as past medical history. Patients lie fully clothed on a treatment table, while the practitioner lays their hands on different parts of the body, exerting subtle pressures to focus the internal energies. The result is often deeply relaxing. Many of the problems which are revealed are the result of past physical trauma which remain imprinted on the body long after tissue healing is completed. Working at a deep level with the restrictions and contractions of the physical body can sometimes bring to the surface deeply held tensions of psychological and emotional origin and cranial work can be an effective method of approaching and resolving them. Craniosacral Therapy is thus a powerful and gentle therapy for mind, body and emotions.
Training & Colleges
Practitioners come from a broad range of backgrounds and the form and duration of their training is (as yet) unstandardised. Often they are practitioners who have already established themselves in some other therapeutic field. There are however growing numbers of practitioners who have undertaken lengthy and comprehensive training in this field. Training is available from the following colleges:
CCST, 9 St George's Mews, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8XE
CSPT Scotland, St Helen's Adult Training Centre, 7 West Coates, Edinburgh EH12 5JG
CTET, 10 Normington Close, Leigham Court Road, London SW16 2QS
Karuna Institute, Natsworth Manor, Natsworthy, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon TQ13 7TR
The Upledger Institute, 2 Marshall Place, Perth, PH2 8AH,
Craniosacral Therapy Association,
27 Old Gloucester Street,
LONDON, WC1N 3XX.
Liddell House, Liddell Close,
01738 444 404