Craniosacral therapy (CST) is now extensively practised around the world and continues to develop in popularity for a wide range of people. It is a gentle but potent way of working with the body using gentle, light touch. People sometimes ask about the name “craniosacral therapy” and think it only refers to the head. In fact CST works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions.

CST supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy by working on the craniosacral system – the cranium (skull), sacrum (a triangle-shaped bone at the end of the spine) and the cerebrospinal fluid (that bathes the brain, spinal cord and the membranes around these structures). It is said that CST helps to ‘unwind’ and release fascial tension in the body, and to balance the nervous system to restore health and vitality. The origin of this therapy is attributed to an osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, who found that the craniosacral system carries a rhythmic impulse, also called the craniosacral rhythm which he described as ‘breath of life’.

The treatment typically lasts an hour, although it can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated. The therapist makes light contact with the head, anywhere on the spine, feet, the trunk, or any other part of the body as appropriate. Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, CST is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the elderly. Women often come during pregnancy, as do mothers and their babies for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births.

There are many conditions that may benefit from CST, which include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Menstrual problems
  • Pain from dentistry
  • Exhaustion and chronic fatigue
  • Digestive disorders
  • Aches and pains
  • Shock and trauma (physical & emotional)
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus

Click here or call 020 8655 1664 for further information and to find out how craniosacral therapy can help you.