Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. It aims to work on different levels – physical, emotional, relational, behavioural - to achieve an overall sense of balance and wellbeing.
Everyone has a history of injury, illness or traumatic events and all of these are held in our bodies. As a result we develop vulnerable areas which flare-up at times of stress eg: tummy upset, headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Based on our life experience we also develop a way of relating to the world around us. Our nervous systems are very sensitive to change, especially when we are young. If we experience repeated stress, for example, our bodies adapt to being in a constant “fight or flight” state and this becomes our normal way of responding to everyday situations.
Craniosacral Therapy supports your body to find balance, restore and heal. It can help reduce stress and better negotiate demands of a busy modern lifestyle. The therapist senses tensions or imbalances in the body and helps you to release them. During or after a session you may experience sensations such as tingling, heat, pain around an old injury, general feelings of relaxation, increased energy or you may feel more body aware (and less in your head).
Craniosacral Therapy gave me an insight into my own life story, my relationship to myself and to those around me. I gained an understanding of unhelpful and unhealthy patterns in my life and the potential to change them. Having experienced the deep and long lasting impact of Craniosacral Therapy, it inspired me to offer this approach to others.
I offer a variety of approaches which can include physiotherapy or joint working with a psychotherapist, depending on your individual needs. I provide a safe space in which you can gain further understanding of your symptoms or experiences. This could involve exploring the history of your symptoms, your own way of responding to the world and others or how you embody your emotions. Depending on your situation the focus may be on building your body's resources or releasing any tensions or traumas that may be present. My aim is to support you to make any changes that may be needed to gain or maintain an overall sense of wellbeing.
During the session
At the initial session a written case history will be taken to understand the reasons for seeking therapy; for follow up sessions there will be time at the beginning to discuss how things have been since we last met. A session typically lasts an hour, the hands-on time may vary within that. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated. Light contact is made with different areas of the body including feet, spine and head, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. There will time at the end of the session to discuss your experience.
I have worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, schools, charities and in private practice. This has included working with people with physical, cognitive and behavioural difficulties as well as engaging challenging young people with complex social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs. I have, through this experience, gained a greater appreciation for the scope of Craniosacral Therapy. I worked as a senior tutor in the College of Craniosacral Therapy for 5 years and continue to work with the college as a visiting tutor. I also facilitate post-graduate workshops and individual or groups tutorials on a range of topics.
I am a registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). I adhere to their codes of standards, conduct and ethics. I also hold a certificate in First Aid.
Individual session: £60