In addition to being an Alexander Technique Teacher, I am also a Craniosacral Therapist. I find the two compliment each other very well. Craniosacral Therapy supports your body and nervous systems innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. I look for tensions in your body and nervous system and help to release them in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being.
A Craniosacral therapist uses their hands in a similar way that a counsellor might listen to your words. You respond to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to yourself. A feeling that you have been heard in the truest sense of the word is a common experience during and after a Craniosacral session.
People may come for Craniosacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems, both physical and emotional. Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle.
I will take a case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to establish a good rapport. The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up, although if this is uncomfortable or impractical for you it may be done seated. Light contact with your head, the base of your spine and other areas is made, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs. Because the body functions as a whole, I may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
It's common for babies to be referred for craniosacral therapy for conditions such as colic, sleep issues, digestive problems or birth trauma. However, the close/symbiotic relationship between mother and child is so strong that they really share any of these experiences together. Parenting a new baby is stressful enough without other factors complicating it.
I find that when working with babies that if the mother's well-being isn't being addressed then it can take longer for your baby to ingrain the changes gained from the treatment. By working with you both together at the same time we can address the bigger picture, and your baby will feel more relaxed by being in the place he or she feels safest, in your arms.
For more information about the benefits of craniosacral therapy go to: http://www.craniosacral-therapy-information.org.uk