Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle and profound whole-body therapy which can benefit many different conditions, raising vitality and stimulating the patient’s self-healing process. Because it is gentle, it is safe and suitable for people of all ages and for those in fragile or painful conditions. Many different kinds of disorder can be helped, including those of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems, and the respiratory, digestive and eliminative

How does it work?

The body’s capacity to stay ‘in health’, is affected over the years by the impacts it receives. They may be physical trauma or injury, emotional or mental stress, or indeed any of life’s painful experiences. These stresses and strains may be ‘stored’ in the body, creating a restriction which inhibits normal functioning and a ‘disorder’ may arise. This restriction will be reflected in motion of the cerebrospinal fluid. The cerebrospinal fluid bathes and cushions the brain and the spinal cord, and moves with a tide-like rhythm. Craniosacral therapists are trained to identify this motion, or lack of motion, and to encourage release of the restrictions. In this way the body can recover an easier and more energised way of functioning. As well as relief from the specific condition which has arisen, there is a positive effect on your general well-being and sense of vitality.

What does it involve?

The gentle approach of Craniosacral Therapy is entirely non-invasive, and is most often carried out with the client lying down, fully clothed, in a peaceful environment. Treatment can be experienced as a form of deep relaxation, which pervades the whole person, physically, mentally and emotionally. You may experience a sensation of warmth or tingling during the treatment, and a feeling of lightness and ease afterwards. It is a ‘hands on’ therapy, but with a very light touch, often on the cranium or the sacrum.

Which conditions respond to Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy treats the ‘whole body’, it is a holistic therapy, and so it embraces the notion that the system as a whole determines how the parts behave, and vice versa. As was concisely summarised by Aristotle, ‘ The whole is more than the sum of its parts’. Every body has a story to tell, and the parts that comprise that story are emotional, mental and spiritual as well as physical. Therefore there are many conditions which can be addressed through Craniosacral treatment. You may find, that although you come to alleviate a condition relating to one part,
that other parts also benefit. For example, you may come with a back problem, and find your migraines also disappear. You may come with a stomach condition, and find that your general mental and emotional health improves. Health and happiness depend upon integration and balance, and Craniosacral work can help you to move towards that by listening to the inherent and unique needs of your body.

Meet the Therapist:
Lindsey Clarke nee Patterson

Lindsey trained with the Institute of Craniosacral Studies, and is a registered member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK. She is continuing her professional development, currently studying in the more specialised field of Birth Trauma Resolution. Her interest in this work evolved out of a background in bodywork and a fascination in the workings of the mind and body. She first encountered Craniosacral work as a patient, and due to the success of the work with her own back problem, she decided to train as a therapist herself.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S)

What happens in a session?

Craniosacral therapy is a ‘hands on’ treatment.  After an initial conversation you will lie fully clothed on a treatment couch and the therapist will gently take up a contact on your body.  There is no manipulation involved, the practice is client-led.  Your body will set the pace of the work, so you will remain comfortable, in control and able to integrate the changes that occur.

Will I feel anything?

You may feel a deep sense or relaxation, or possibly an awareness of heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations. 

Is the treatment suitable for me?

This type of treatment is suitable for everyone, from new-born babies to the elderly, as it is an extremely gentle treatment.

What are the benefits?

Craniosacral therapy aims not only to relieve symptoms, but also to help the body to function better in all respects.  Clients often report an improvement in general well being, and improved energy and sleep levels, as well as in the symptoms that brought them to the treatment.

Will one treatment be enough?

Since the treatment is led by your body, it may be that the body requires certain changes to happen first, before it can address the symptom which led you to seek help.  For this reason, among others, you may need to consider a series of treatments to gain the full benefit of Craniosacral Therapy and its cumulative effects.

If you are interested in knowing more about Craniosacral Therapy

For specific questions about how craniosacral therapy can benefit you or to book a session at the Centre please ring Lindsey on 07789 190913 or email:




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