CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle but powerful treatment based in Osteopathy which aims to encourage optimal conditions for the body to heal itself, which is its natural tendency. During a treatment I evaluate for areas of restriction and tension in the body's tissues and attempt to release them using light touch.
The primary focus is on the craniosacral system, the skull bones, cerebrospinal fluid and membranes inside the skull and around the spinal cord, but secondary to that, I also work on the fascia and connective tissue encompassing any part of the body.
CranioSacral Therapy is believed to have a profound effect on the central nervous system, potentially leading to deep relaxation. The Upledger Institute describe it as, “A powerful therapy that affects the central nervous system to assist in improving function in the whole body.” http://www.upledger.co.uk/what-is-cst.html
Visceral Manipulation (VM) works similarly in releasing areas of fascia that have become restricted around the organs, I am currently trained to work on the organs of the digestive system. The fascia around our organs can become restricted through illness, surgery, laparoscopy or just lack of movement.
During an initial treatment I will take a medical history, followed by an overall evaluation and treatment. If you decide to have follow up appointments, we'll begin with a quick review and then go straight into treatment. During the treatment you usually lie on your back, fully clothed, on the treatment table. However, if it is difficult for you to lie on your back it is possible to treat in other positions that are more comfortable for you.
Clients try CST for many different conditions including those listed below:
Pain anywhere in the body, for example, headaches, sinus problems, migraines, neck pain, back pain.
and many others.
Parents will often have their babies and children treated for; Flat head, Unsettled/Poor sleep, Feeding problems, Post tongue tie correction, Birth trauma, Torticollis, ASD, ADHD, or recovery from injury.
Occasionally clients report a temporary worsening of symptoms immediately after a treatment, this could be because something longstanding has changed in the body and needs to be released and shouldn't last too long.
Personally, CranioSacral Therapy has helped me with lifelong headache and sinus problems and the Somato Emotional aspect of the treatment has helped me to release tension and stress stored from previous traumatic events and life in general. I had suffered with headaches, migraines and low energy levels for my whole adult life until I had been treated several times with CranioSacral Therapy. A few weeks after my first treatment I had a few days of feeling more energetic than I ever remembered feeling, so I went back for more. I know when I need a treatment because I start to feel more seized up and stiff, especially around my head and neck. I always feel much more relaxed after a treatment, for me it is a bit of a reset, I feel like I’m back to myself.
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"I had ongoing problems with my shoulder after breaking my arm years ago. Cranio Sacral Therapy eased the discomfort after only a couple of sessions and it hasn't caused me any problems since. Leaves you feeling very relaxed as well."
“I have always suffered with headaches and migraines and nothing helped before I found CST. I have more energy than ever now and am rarely plagued with headaches.”
"'Craniosacral Therapy helped with so many things that I didn't expect, apart from reducing my headaches and migraines, my digestion has been better, my aches and pains are less and I generally feel much better in myself! Definitely going for maintenance treatment with Sonya :-)"
Initial Consultation: 1 hour appointment - £45
Overview of Medical History
40-45 minute treatment approx
Follow-Up Consultations: 1 hour - £45
40-45 minute treatment approx
Children and Babies under 4 cope better having a shorter session of 30-40 minutes, £35
* PLEASE NOTE -
Late cancellation (<24 hours) - If you cancel an appointment late it is hard to re-fill so for any following appointments you will be asked to pay in advance, please try to give me more than 24 hours notice, thank you.