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Cranio-sacral Therapy

Cranio-Sacral Therapy
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Rose Hannigan

What is Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

Cranio-Sacral Therapy is often referred to as 'the breath of life', this is because it can affect every cell of the body. Cranio-sacral therapy uses very gentle touch and subtle manipulation to encourage the body to rebalance and heal itself. Rather than working on bones and muscles, the practitioner focuses on the connective tissue and the cerebrospinal fluids, treatment supports the body to make necessary changes.

How does it work?

The Cranio-Sacral system consists of the bones of the cranium, spine, and sacrum and the cerebral spinal fluid which surrounds the brain and spinal column. Because the cerebral spinal fluid is created and re-absorbed, it allows for a dynamic rhythm which radiates through out the body. The rate and quality of this rhythm gives distinct information about the health and functioning of the entire body. Through cranio-sacral therapy the body can begin the spontaneous process of making corrections and readjustments. This may take the form of physical movements, emotional releases, deep relaxation, and tissue unwinding.

What can it be used for?

Cranio-Sacral therapy can help improve the functioning of the body's organs, musculoskeletal, nervous and immune systems as well as benefiting psychological health. More commonly treated problems include arthritis, asthma, back pain and injuries, depression, digestive problems, premenstrual syndrome, sciatica, sports injuries and stress-related illnesses. As the skin is the bodys largest organ, it has beneficial effects and helps rebalance and restore natural functions.

What does treatment involve?

Your first treatment may take up to an hour and a half, this is to allow for a full consultation. Treatment is usually carried out lying down clothed on a couch, but you may be asked to sit or stand to release tension in particular joints or tissues. The use of hands to apply subtle pressure on your head and the base of your spine (the sacrum) and occasionally to other parts of the body is then used throughout the treatment.

What benefits can I expect from treatments?

Most people find the experience deeply relaxing, but sometimes there is a spontaneous 'unwinding' of tension, as a result of the release of physical or emotional trauma. You may have feelings of sadness, happiness, tiredness, aching or tenderness during or after treatment. But depending on your symptoms, experiences can vary greatly. This will be discussed thoroughly during the consultation process.

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