Craniosacral therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. It works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions, which aim to treat the source of symptoms on every level, whether mental, physical or emotional.
When craniosacral therapist Tracy Burke places her hands lightly on you, she is using them to listen to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. She supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. During or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
These are some of the words and phrases that people have used to describe their experience of craniosacral therapy: “Comforting, inner peace, a sense of relief, deep stillness and relaxation, connection, feeling accepted, feeling more fully alive, put back in one piece, feeling whole again”.
People may come for craniosacral therapy because they have acute physical problems or long-standing problems, both physical and emotional, or they may want ongoing support in their busy lives and help to meet life’s challenges; many common behavioural, social and learning difficulties can respond well to it.
During a session you will remain fully-clothed. Tracy may place her hands on your feet, head, spine or joints with a very light touch (like following a cork floating on water without disturbing it) and you may experience a deep sense of calm, relief or a feeling of support and connectedness. The treatment process is gentle and supportive to the physical and emotional needs of the individual. It is non-invasive and never imposing or forcing.
In the longer term craniosacral therapy may provide improvement to physical and emotional symptoms, enabling a greater awareness of your own needs and strengths, in order to improve quality of life.
It is suitable for anyone because it is so gentle: newborns with colic, feeding problems or generally unsettled, through to the elderly and frail.
For more information, visit the Craniosacral Therapy Association UK