Cranio Sacral Therapy was introduced into the medical and alterative consciousness through Dr John Upledger, after he witnessed the unique rhythmical flow of the cerebral spinal fluid, when he was assisting in a spinal operation, in the 1970’s, flowing on from the work of Sutherland and Still and of course numerous Ancient civilisations who understood the body’s innate ability to heal, John Upledger developed Cranio Sacral Therapy and the offshoots from this Somato Emotional Release, Bio Aquatics, Ocean Therapy, Quantum Touch and numerous other disciplines which have evolved incorporating both ancient and modern techniques. There have been numerous discoveries and rediscoveries of just how important the alignment and flow of the spine and central nervous system is to wellbeing. Cathy has developed all these and other techniques in which she is skilled to create Cranial Pychotherapy – a hands on and talking therapy.
The Ancient Chinese called this Chi (energy of life). In Cranio Sacral and Cranial Psychotherapy, the therapist works with the tides of the body – Cranio Sacral fluid – the liquid which flows round inside the cranium around the brain and to the base of the spine (sacrum). This fluid is monitored and encouraged, by the therapist as it is echoed throughout the body, through the subtle rhythms felt in the fascia – the body’s world-wide information highway/web, bringing the body into balance and releasing any old unwanted injuries and emotions held in the body.
Like oceans lakes and rivers, the flow of energy in the human body rises and falls like the tides. Imagine a form of liquid energy flowing through the body moving through long channels – some call these meridians, utilising the information offered by the body, Cathy at Wonderful Healing gently manipulates and improves the flow, as the body and mind relax and release tension, the energy flows more abundantly, aligning the energy meridians and releasing toxins. Opening yourself up to the imagination really is the key to improving well-being. Allowing yourself just an hour of time can help you lead a more peaceful, healthy life, prepare you for the coming day with a calm heart and a peaceful mind.
A cure all? Not quite, but as we are working with the body and the central nervous system, the brain and the spine and the nerves that come off that structure, once we have that system realigned and eased, the rest usually follows for all round feeling of relief and well-being.
A gentle but truly effective therapy, focusing on the skull (cranium), spinal column (to the sacrum) and the entire central nervous system. Cathy uses very gently pressure no more than the weight of a 5 pence piece initially, to work in concert with the body’s own membranes (fascia) and fluids (cerebral spinal fluid) that support and bathe your skull and spinal column. These manipulations will reduce tension and counteract any physical trauma you may have experienced to your central nervous system and body over the years.
This therapy can be done on a traditional treatment bed, however Cathy is one of a few specialist therapist who utilises this therapy in a warm water environment. A swimming pool of 35 degrees plus water temperature allows the body to relax and the spine to stretch allowing the Cerebral spine fluid to wash the brain more efficiently with nutrients and metals essential for full brain functionality. The body is free to stretch, curl and release tensions, old injuries or trauma, emotional or physical, whilst completely supported by Cathy. It is a beautiful dance between client and therapist allowing for complete and amazing transformation. Scared of water? So was Cathy when she first started, the most water she got on her face was from a flannel, so she can reassure you and knows how important it is for you to feel safe and secure, in no time you too will be diving like a dolphin.
CST also seeks to re-educate your body about posture. When posture is poor, it can be reflected in a number of health problems, such as backaches, headaches and joint pain. Similar to Rolfing CST seeks to realign and straighten your body by working the myofascia, the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and helps hold your body together. With Cranio Sacral we are working with the body so there is a gentle move toward well-being with little or no pain.
CST is proven to be effective to help with:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Tight or Sore Muscles
- Nervous Tension
- Sleep problems
- Poor Circulation
- Joint Pain & Arthritis
- Overall Well-Being