A Craniosacral therapy experience

Written by on March 20, 2014 in Wellbeing - Comments Off on A Craniosacral therapy experience

Instore-viewThis week I had the opportunity to experience Craniosacral Therapy. I hadn’t heard of it before, so I was keen to learn more. The therapy took place at Nelsons Clinic in Nelsons Pharmacy, a charming pharmacy in Mayfair, London, that focuses on homeopathic medicine. My therapist was Joanne O’Flanagan, a charming and kind lady who patiently answered all my questions. Before I go into my experience, let me tell you a bit more about the concept.

Craniosacral Therapy was developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970s, and is based on osteopathy in the cranial field. It is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy focused primarily on the concept of “primary respiration” and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate certain joints of the cranium. To do this, a practitioner will apply light touches to a patient’s skull, face, spine and pelvis.

imgrotateBecause it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.

Craniosacral Therapy is said to support your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being. Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.

therapiesI must admit I was a bit skeptical when I came in and a the same time a bit worried what the therapist would ‘feel’ in my system; what if she discovered a problem, or what if she changed my ‘balance’? Luckily Joanne made me feel right at ease and I went for it. I positioned myself on the bed (fully clothed) and Joanne very, very gently started to hold and ‘move’ my ankles, my upper legs, my pelvis, my neck and head, my shoulders. It is a very light touch and movement, yet you can clearly feel your energy streams from head to toe, like a gentle tingling. Joanne explained how she at first connects with the body and then tries to ‘balance’ the cerebrospinal fluid through your system. She can feel old and new trauma’s in the body and help with the healing process. A session takes about an hour and is over in a flash. I must say it was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. My skepticism put aside, I believe Craniosacral Therapy can help people in certain cases to deal with physical or mental difficulties. The simple fact alone that it helps you to connect with your own body is something anyone will benefit from – and even for that reason alone I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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