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Life expresses itself as movement and every living tissue of the body ‘breathes’ with the movement of life. These subtle rhythmic impulses are what Craniosacral therapy practitioners are trained to feel. Craniosacral therapists believe that health expresses itself through a free, unrestricted and balanced flow of these movements.
During the course of our lives we have to deal with all sorts of accidents, shocks,and difficulties. Mostly we can cope with these but sometimes these problems cause tension and constrictions that get stuck in the body, hindering the flow of movement. This is what the Craniosacral therapy practitioner ‘listens’ for with their hands. The human hand can pick up movement of up to one micron – or a thousandth of a millimeter. Everyone has this potential to feel. The Craniosacral therapy practitioner has learned to develop and apply their sense of touch to feel tiny changes and movements in the body.
There are several useful metaphorical ways to understand practically how Craniosacral therapy works. Finding the problem is a bit like sitting blindfold in front of a table, holding a table cloth in your hands. If an object, lets say a vase of flowers, is placed on the table it is possible to tell where it has been placed by gentle tugging on the cloth. In Craniosacral therapy the practitioner feels for the ‘vase of flowers’ in the body. Another metaphor is called ‘tracking the tide’. One can imagine a sea shore with the waves coming in. With perfect health these waves would arrive evenly with the same rhythm onto the beach – but if there are obstacles, the waves and tide must move around them. Equally if the body system is depleted or agitated the tidal rhythm is affected.
The clinical applications of Craniosacral therapy are still emerging. Up till now Craniosacral therapy has perhaps been best known for it’s sometimes miraculous effects on babies’ colic. But more recently new applications are being identified and research into the effectiveness of Craniosacral therapy is just beginning. For further information see our website page on Craniosacral therapy.
In the biodynamic approach to Craniosacral therapy, which is what we work with, there is no manipulation, instead the practitioner follows the body’s own natural healing processes, recognising that the body is always trying to find a way to heal itself. Healing is encouraged through enabling the patient to reach a place of stillness and calm, and the practitioner uses verbal skills and respectful, negotiated, gentle touch, to encourage the patient to deeply relax. The treatment is thus very calming and tensions are felt to be released.
Craniosacral therapy is suitable for everyone and combines well with conventional medicine, and other therapies.
Acupuncture is perhaps best known for its treatment of pain and has developed for several millenia all across East Asia. Less well known is how acupuncture can help with relaxation, stress relief or to increase energy levels and combat tiredness. There are many different approaches and methods. Sylvia is trained in TCM; Five Elements, Vietnamese methods and Japanese methods including Manaka style and Toyohari style treatment, the Japanese method is particularly gentle and therefore suitable for children and those afraid of needles.
Sylvia is also trained in the Kanpo Japanese method of Chinese herbs having completed an apprenticeship training with Gretchen de Soriano. Gretchen is one of the most accomplished Kanpo physicians working in the West. Kanpo is used to treat a very wide range of conditions in Japan, where they have an excellent safety record..Sylvia can recommend herbs to be used alongside acupuncture or craniosacral therapy.