About Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (CST) was developed from cranial osteopathy and from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s.  His research discovered intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and revealed different rhythms in the body.  He demonstrated that these movements are linked with mental and emotional health, and that restriction of these movements corresponds to a reduction of the natural capacity to self-heal. The body copes daily with emotional and physical stresses that cause tissues to contract, often over-stimulating our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). CST can help to relax an overstimulated sympathetic nervous system and promote parasympathetic function. This relaxed state enhances your body’s natural ability to heal itself and boost vitality.

Can Craniosacral Therapy help me?

Because Craniosacral therapy is so gentle and non-invasive, it is safe and suitable for anyone from newborn babies to the very elderly or acute condition sufferers. Craniosacral therapy is a whole-body, or holistic, therapy and as such, may help many conditions by raising the vitality and enabling the body’s own self-healing process to be utilised. Many clients report improvements and relief Many clients report improvements and relief in a range of symptoms – view full list of symptoms relieved by CST.

What happens during a CST session?

Joanna will take a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for information gathering and to establish a good understanding with Joanna. The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated. Joanna makes light contact with your feet, head, the base of your spine, and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. Because the body functions as a whole, Joanna may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.

CST for Pregnancy & Babies

Craniosacral therapy can be used before conception, for both women and men to help clear structural or emotional restrictions that may be in the way of conception, and is supportive for those who may be experiencing difficult emotions due to infertility Read more 

Joanna providing a young client with craniosacral therapy