Craniosacral Therapy

Stemming from the work of Dr William Sutherland - the pioneer of cranial osteopathy - at the start of the 20th century, craniosacral therapy (CST) was developed by American osteopath John E. Upledger, who was Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University.

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of treatment, which involves a practitioner applying very light touch to the body (usually no greater than 5 grams) to evaluate and enhance the functioning of a body system called the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the skull down to the tailbone. The practitioner’s goal is to release restrictions in this system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. Please note that although craniosacral therapy is related to cranial osteopathy, craniosacral practitioners are not trained as osteopaths.

Serious head injuries and conditions such as internal bleeding, elevated pressure or an aneurysm are indicators against having craniosacral therapy. It is common for patients to feel mild discomfort and or a temporary worsening of symptoms after treatment. There is also a possibility that treatment can increase the effects of medicines for diabetes and epilepsy.

Treatment is carried out with the patient fully dressed and in a relaxed position.

Being very gentle, non invasive and non drug based, CST is suitable for babies, children, those with acute pain and the elderly, as well as during pregnancy. Designed to complement the body’s own natural healing process, CST is often used as a preventative health measure.

As a general rule, three to ten sessions will make a significant impact on most people’s health, and in some cases only one session can make a dramatic difference. Other people will need regular treatment for longer periods of time.

The cost of a 30 to 60 minute session starts from around £25 to £70 and up depending on therapist and geographical location.