Frequently asked questions
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) has a very high success rate. I always treat you, the person, and not your symptoms. Conventional medicines have a tendency to look at our symptoms and attempt to treat them. However it is not always the case that the symptoms we experience reflect our problems.
The benefits of CST sessions can come in a variety of ways:
Increased sense of relaxation.
Improvement of the symptoms you came to see the practitioner about. Quite simply, you get better.
Improvement of other symptoms. For example, someone coming for treatment for emotional problems and stress can find that, as well as their symptoms disappearing, the tinnitus they have had for years has improved too.
Change in behaviour patterns, leading to an improvement in relationships with friends, family, colleagues, etc.
Better management of specific disease symptoms.
Improved sense of well-being.
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What does it actually feel like?
Most people find cranial sessions pleasant and deeply relaxing. CST is a gentle non-invasive therapy. Usually people feel warm, comforting, light pressure. Sometimes people feel tingling or numbing sensations or they may experience momentary pain related to past events. When this settles the result is as if a weight has been lifted from their shoulders.
What does a treatment involve?
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable padded table. A therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required depends entirely on the condition being treated and your age (you generally heal more slowly as you get older). Acute injury and illness can benefit enormously from three to six sessions. With chronic debilitating conditions or severe injury, it is usually necessary to have more sessions, in order to improve your well-being. Babies react to CST far more quickly and often require just one or two treatments.
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What is the interval between sessions?
Initially sessions are usually a week to a fortnight apart. With long-term treatment the frequency of sessions usually reduces.
How safe is CranioSacral Therapy?
The light touch used in CST means that it is one of the safest manipulation for body realignment and balance. It is a non-invasive approach and when practiced by a qualified therapist, it is a very safe method.
What is the difference between CranioSacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy?
CST evolved from osteopathic medicine. However CranioSacral Therapists study cranial work exclusively. While both approaches affect the cranium, sacrum and coccyx, similarities end at this point. Cranial Osteopathy remains focused on the sutures of the skull. However, CST, as developed by Dr Upledger, focuses on the dura mater membrane system as the primary cause of dysfunction.
Craniosacral work tends to be integrated with psychotherapeutic understanding, theory and practice.
There is a variable amount of overlap between individual approaches in the two professions. To get a fuller picture, talk to a practitioner to find if their approach is suitable for your needs.
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How would you sum up the effects of CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral therapy improves people's quality of life in general as well as helping with specific problems. It can help you to recover from the results of accidents, falls, strains as well as diseases. Psychological and traumatic conditions can also be helped. By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CST naturally eliminates pain, improves the functioning of the immune system and enhances your health and well-being.