“I have MS and one symptom for me is that I have a sensation of buzzing all over my body – like electricity constantly going through me. I’ve always been skeptical about craniosacral therapy and wasn’t sure what it could do for me. After the hour’s treatment, for the first time in years, I had a complete cessation of the buzzing – which lasted for days afterwards! There was a profound calm stillness in my body, like the feeling of coming out of a noisy, nightclub into a quiet street – like it had just been switched off”
– Jenny Nicholson RMN, Independent Nurse Prescriber, Mindfulness Teacher.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is a regenerative healing modality using gentle hands on contact to sense and stimulate the expression of fluid movement within the body. CST supports the body’s ability to metabolise experience including trauma and stress, so that healing and integration can occur. CST is effective for settling the nervous system and for restoring and regenerating underlying energy and vitality. It is suitable for everyone, from newly-born babies to the elderly.
- I integrate both structural and biodynamic aspects of cranio sacral therapy. I have found this approach offers a wide resource for responding to people’s individual needs and for engaging sensitively with the body’s expression of life story, experience and capacity.
- I specialise working alongside people experiencing the effects of trauma and post traumatic stress injury states. My work is informed by trainings on the Polyvagal Theory, which, whilst offering valuable insights is, of course, not the whole story. We inhabit dynamic living bodies and the lived experience of different bodies is not the same, so this approach is always in response to you.
- I believe that establishing rapport, through a respectful and stable relational space is vital for this work, which is essentially relational in nature. Different bodies experience safety differently. Feelings of safety (as an inner experience) are negotiated and not assumed. Autonomy, self-agency, choice, permission, expression and self-care are explicit in building a held and responsive relational field.
- I offer space for you to unearth and understand your experience of your body’s ability and capacity for nervous system modulation ( the dynamic process of shifting between states). Exploring what best supports you towards regulation and co-regulation. CST helps build your nervous system’s capacity to regulate and regenerate, supporting change at a cellular level.
- CST can strengthen and build connections with the body. I use a combination of approaches to support body mapping with felt sense awareness. This is done slowly and gradually so you build your capacity to be with sensations and body experience.
- CST is a potent support for the vagus nerve (involved in the cycles and rhythms of our heart/ breathing /digestion/ menstruality). I also offer self-care practices you can do on your own to soothe and strengthen your nervous system – see also Somatic Resourcing.
- Fascial unwinding. This is a gentle process that supports the integration of adaptive tension patterns through myofascia. It helps reduce pain and support fascial and visceral mobility. You can learn how to do this for yourself – see Somatic Resourcing.
Cranial Sacral therapy (CST) is a gentle and non-invasive hands on practice. During a session of CST you will have full self-agency and choice. You can direct where I position myself in relation to your body and hands on contact is always by consent. We can slow down, pause or stop the session at any time. You can choose whether you are more comfortable sitting or lying and you remain fully clothed for the session.
- CST can be supportive for people of all ages, including babies and during pregnancy, for those in their elder years and for those moving through the dying process.
- People come along to CST for many different reasons. Some come as a way to maintain and support their capacity for health and well-being. Some to address specific issues such as tension and the effects of stress, trauma, injury, migraines, asthma, digestive issues, aches and pain, fatigue or to support menstrual cycles, peri-menopause and menopause. Some to prepare or recover from surgery.
- Cranial sacral therapy also offers a way to explore our experience of conditions and events that occurred early in our development. Womb experience, birth, bonding and attachment have significant implications for how we are in our lives now, for our present state of health and our nervous system patterns.
- We have embodied memory of these pre-verbal experiences. These early body memories may have been consciously forgotten but may still be impacting our present-day responses and experience of the world, even our health. Using embodied processes to acknowledge our experience, we can slowly and gently support the body to complete and digest unresolved trauma experience.
- Trauma is an overwhelm of the nervous system. It is a physiological response to a somatic or emotional experience that overwhelmed our internal resources, and, or where there was insufficient external support to help process, metabolise and integrate the experience. Our life experiences and stories, cultural conditioning and the social context we grew up in, live in, along with inherited ancestral experience get held deep in our body, waiting for a time when we have enough resources to process and digest the residue of the trauma.
- To meet and safely address this impact we need to work with the body, slowly and gradually over time, so that we don’t overwhelm the system but rather build resources and grow capacity, stability and strength. In this process we can begin to transform the resonance and imprint of trauma, tending and reclaiming parts of us that experienced fear and damage from injury, oppression, violence, control, power-over dynamics and dominant cultural forces.
- Trauma splits and severs us from ourselves and from our ability to feel and live with a sense of safety in our body. Different bodies experience safety differently. A safe space for one body might not be or feel safe for another. We will respectfully track and negotiate safety as part of a process of claiming agency and autonomy that co-creates healing.
We are life in movement.
All life needs movement to remain healthy and fluids are at the core of movement and life.
The fluid motion within our bodies can be felt as rhythms, pulsing, swirls and tides. We might sense the rhythm of the heart and lungs expanding and contracting as we breathe.
If the fluids become restricted or stagnant or where the ebb and flow is disrupted or shaken up by trauma we see disregulation and a diminished expression of health. Tissues might become dry, dense, crackly and joints lose their range of mobility. There might be less reach in the system, with connective tissue pulling on bones.
The nervous system is bathed in fluids. Embryologically fluid expression was present before the nervous system formed. So by restoring fluid movement we are accessing deeper parts of our system and resourcing bio-rhythms essential for deep system health.
Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) uses gentle hands on contact to sense and stimulate the expression of fluid movement within the body. Supporting the body’s ability to self-organise, integrate and heal.