"The effectiveness of Craniosacral Therapy has brought a new dimension to therapeutic practice, with an impact and degree of acceptance unprecedented in the history of health care".

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the CranioSacral System EXPLAINED

When elements of trauma overwhelm our bodies, the tissues often "freeze" to contain and encapsulate the damage. This encapsulated energy can be effectively released through Craniosacral therapy.

The connective tissue and fascia form a mechanical continuum, extending throughout the human body - even into the innermost parts of each cell. All the great systems of the body - the circulatory, the nervous system, the muscular-skeletal system, the digestive tract and the various organs - are encased in connective tissue. All movement of the body as a whole, or of it's smallest parts, are created by tensions carried through this connective tissue 'fabric'. Each tension, each compression, each movement, causes the crystalline lattices of the connective tissues to generate bioelectric signals that are precisely characteristic of the needed tensions, compression and movement.

The fabric itself is a semi-conducting communication network that can convey the bioelectric signals between every part of the body and every other part. As these signals flow through the tissues, their bio-magnetic counterparts extend the stories they tell into the space around the body.

The mechanical, bioelectric and biomagnetic signals travelling through the connective tissue network, and through the space around the body, tell the various cells how to form and reform the tissue structure in response to your body's tensions, compressions and movements.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy has been developed by Doctors of Osteopathy in the United States. It is a hands-on healing technique where the therapist gently mobilises and releases the Craniosacral System - this includes the soft tissue of the head (Cranium), the spine down to its tail end (The Sacral Area) and the pelvis. It focuses particularly on irregularities in the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, which is produced and absorbed by the body.

The movement of spinal fluid within and around the central nervous system is believed to create a vital body rhythm, equally important to health and well-being as the beating of the heart or the breath. The Therapist uses specific techniques of alignment and adjustment to engage the body's own corrective mechanisms to release restriction in the connective tissue, fascia and dural tube. Over time, a chain reaction of release follows – this gentle and subtle touch facilitates fundamental changes safely from the inside out!

How Does It Work?

Our bodies respond to trauma, physical illness and stress by contracting tissues around the body to encapsulate damage and limit its spread. When the shock of trauma, illness or stress is severe enough the injured tissue remains contracted long after the event and proper tissue function can become restricted over time. This restriction results in problems such as headaches, neck and back pain, anxiety and depression or digestive disorders.

Craniosacral Therapists are trained to identify areas of congestion or restriction and their causes, then aid in the release of these tensions. As the body releases tension and contraction, the energy the body was using to hold itself in contraction is also released resulting in a boost to general well-being, a reduction in stress, improved quality of sleep, increased energy and enhanced functioning of all the body's organs. 

Used on its own or in conjunction with massage it is extremely effective for:

  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Sinusitis and associated Face Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Hip And Leg Pain caused by Leg Length Discrepancies and Hip Misalignment
  • Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Jaw Pain and Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction (jaw problems associated with dental surgery or teeth grinding)
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Ear and Eye problems such as Tinnitus (ringing in the ear/s)
  • Stress and Tension Related Problems
  • Sport and Physical Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue and Sleep Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia and Scoliosis
  • Nervous system and Immune Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post Accident Rebalancing and many more

Alan is constantly delighted with the effectiveness of Craniosacral treatments at InTouch Massage. This is a type of therapy that is ideal for people who feel they are too sensitive for a firm remedial massage and is so gentle it is genuinely surprising - and thoroughly relaxing! If it's been a while since your last massage or you need some more serious muscular problems this will likely be the therapy we recommend.