Clients often ask me how they can get the best out of their Craniosacral journey & how often they should come for therapy sessions; the answer to this is unique to each individual. I can ascertain a general idea from the initial consultation or case history, however it’s not until I lay my hands on you that I am able to listen in to how your body is choosing to express itself in each given session.
During your initial consultation we can discuss Block sessions or treatment plans. These are a wonderful investment for your future and present physical health and emotional well-being. Regular Craniosacral sessions enables the consistency required to connect with your own innate body wisdom through the process of gentle light touch that allows prioritised expression within.
We are complex beings and the deeper aspects of ourselves are often layered. The mind, body and spirit knows exactly how it needs to unfold. A slow and steady pace allows a safe and gentle space for you to move into the deeper aspects of certain somatic or deeply held physical elements. Physical pain often masks repressed trauma or emotional pain, so although one session may well alleviate a physical symptom, these symptoms may keep manifesting if they are not gradually released on a cellular level.
In my professional experience, I have found that the best results take place within 6-8 weeks of weekly sessions*. This gives time for your system to open up, relax and express what is being held within the physiological and anatomical elements of the body. Tissue cells are able to breath and thus long held tensions can gradually be released. This can, and often does, start happening during the first session; However, as mentioned the physical mental and emotional bodies are interlinked and it can take time through the unfolding process to ascertain where the core aspect may stem from and how your body creates coping mechanisms for holding stress
How I listen to your body; Finding health within the chaos.
When people ask me “what is Craniosacral therapy? It can be quite difficult to explain, I mean are they really going to understand all about the rhythmic tides, the inherent treatment plan, primary respiration and so on?
In more simplistic terms I listen to the story the persons body is expressing. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a listening tool for the body, much like counselling is for the person. Its important that I explain how each of us is unique in how we hold certain emotions, traumas, pain and so on as each of our bodies have varying coping mechanism of held expression. I often say to people that their body will only be able to express what it can in each session and that often there are many layers to work through. For example a deeply held and suppressed emotional trauma will generally not show itself in the first few sessions, it would be too overwhelming for the individual. Our innate body wisdom is very clever.
Many people come for CST for physical ailments and whilst we are able to work with the physiology and anatomy of the body these are often intertwined with deeper held emotional aspects of an individual. The emotional body is very much connected to the physical body and our consciousness; our thought processes, belief systems, how we perceive ourselves and the outside world, how we love ourselves and so on. So when we experience unsettling or uncomfortable experiences that can feel too much to deal with at the time we often suppress them, these emotions then get buried into the cellular memory and the physical body has to develop coping mechanisms; this is often followed by a manifestation of physical symptoms such as; headaches, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, upset stomach, acid re flux and so on.
In session I am tuning into and listening to what the physical body is expressing in conjunction with what the emotional body is also saying, its a story that words can not express!
Each practitioner works in their own way, we are all able to palpate and listen to our clients systems as CST is a listening tool, however we each have our own unique strengths and abilities and its about finding the right therapist for you.
Below is a short video on an introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy