How many sessions are recommended?
To fully benefit from craniosacral therapy, you may need more than one or two sessions. You and your practitioner will decide on how many sessions will be best for you.
What is the history of Craniosacral Therapy ?
Whilst relatively unheard of in the Yorkshire area, craniosacral therapy was developed in its early form as Cranial Osteopathy, as early as the 1930’s by William Sutherland. He was an American Osteopath who noticed that the bones of the head or cranium were structured to allow movement, which could have effects throughout the whole body. Sutherlands work spanned 50 years and some of his pupils continued his work.
In the 1970’s Dr John Upledger was an osteopathic physician who further developed the work by bringing together a team of researchers with a view to either proving or disproving Sutherlands theory that the cranial bones were mobile. Extensive research and practical work resulted in the theory being proven and Upledger began teaching cranial work to non-osteopaths. He then coined the phrase Craniosacral Therapy.
If I have a medical problem can CST help?
Craniosacral therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor. Craniosacral therapists do not diagnose or prescribe medication. If you have a specific medical concern it is always recommended that you consult with your doctor or healthcare provider. CST can however support many medical conditions.
Who is CST suitable for?
Due to the gentle and non-invasive nature of craniosacral therapy it is suitable for all ages, including babies and the elderly.
How long is a session?
Sessions usually last up to 60 minutes although these times may vary slightly. The initial session is likely to take up to 30 minutes longer to allow time to write the case history and answer any questions.
Is my practitioner qualified?
Your practitioner gained a diploma in craniosacral therapy having trained at the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in London. Andrea is fully qualified, insured and a member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association in the UK. The Association requires continual professional development and any member is bound by the Association’s Code of Ethics.
Can CST help me?
If you have any questions about whether craniosacral therapy will be suitable for you, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.
What will I experience during a session?
Each session is likely to vary but people experience feelings of deep relaxation, feeling balanced, unwinding, a sense of peace, feeling accepted, various emotions, acknowledgment of past events, warmth, increased vitality a feeling of being grounded and many other feelings.
If I fall asleep during treatment, will it still be beneficial?
Yes, you will still benefit from CST if you fall asleep during a session.
Is CST painful?
Due to the very gentle nature of treatment it is unlikely to be painful. However, working with restrictions within the body may cause some pain or discomfort as restrictions release. Unlike other methods where the body is manipulated to release restriction, CST works only with your system and no physical force is used, hence the reason it is suitable for all conditions and ages.
Can CST work alongside other therapies?
CST works well alongside other therapies including counselling.
I am unable to travel for treatment. Can I be treated at home?
In some circumstances, it may be possible to treat someone at home. Please get in touch and we can discuss whether this is possible due to location/practicalities.
Is massage used during CST?
No, CST is not massage therapy.
What does a Craniosacral Therapy session involve?
At the first session, a written case history is taken which will help your practitioner understand the reasons for your visit and take into account any past or present concerns. Any questions you have in relation to the treatment can be answered at this stage or indeed at any time during your visit. You will then lay fully clothed on a treatment couch, however if you are unable to do this you may lay on your side or in a seated position. During the session, you will relax peacefully whilst the practitioner uses gentle hand contacts on the head, spine, base of the spine and any other areas which are relevant to treatment.