“Life breaks all of us, but sometimes the place where it was broken becomes stronger than before”.
Craniosacral Therapy [CST] is a very effective method of reducing stress, be it expressed physically or emotionally. People may come for CST because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs. However, they may also find benefit from long-standing problems that are either physical or emotional. Others come for on-going support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges.
Our craniosacral system closely influences many of our physiological systems in the body. As it has an extremely close relationship with the central nervous system, it contributes to the efficient running of our body.
What to Expect
A client remains fully clothed while soft “palpating manipulation” is used to provide a craniosacral treatment. You may start to feel your body unwind and start to let go. The practitioner “listens”, just as a counsellor may listen to a client, to what is being experienced by that person because of their pain. Everyone responds in their own unique way to a CST. Some people sleep, others may experience a deep emotional release. Sometimes a client will ask, “Will I feel anything” and this will depend on what the body wishes to express. A part of the body may shake, or a stretching of a limb may take place as an old pattern expresses “undwinding” or a “letting go”.
CST is a gentle yet profound form of therapy based on osteopathic principles, having been developed by Dr Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and also different subtle 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.
Suitable for nervous tension and stress as well as:
• Headaches and migraines
• Exhaustion/lethargy and insomnia
• Back/neck pain
• Post traumatic shock/Emotional stress
• Physical or emotional trauma
- What Clients Say -
“I was referred to Amal as I was having panic attacks related to health anxiety. Amal's approach of allowing the body to correct itself through CST has been hugely beneficial and I found the remedies helped to sooth anxiety. Amal provides a space for you to speak and get to know yourself better too, it's a space to hear yourself say the things you wouldn't normally say, about the things you didn't know you needed. She has helped me to learn to care for myself and to realise that saying no is acceptable". Abigail, London.
CST is a gentle form of treatment for children of all ages. Many people will have first recognised the benefits of cranial work by taking their baby to see a therapist. However, this form of treatment continues to be ideal for children during their school years. I particularly enjoy working with children of this age to support them during more challenging times with the academic curriculum.
Please read my article published in Families magazine on children and craniosacral therapy.