This unfamiliar-sounding technique is a derivative of osteopathy - specifically, it's a method of releasing restrictions in the body, which are identified by monitoring the bones, fluids and tissues via ‘listening stations’ through sound anatomical skills. By gently holding these various stations throughout the body, a trained therapist can feel the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid, checking for freedom of movement known as inhalation and exhalation. If, on the contrary, a hinging motion is felt, it signals a blockage or ‘inertial pattern’.
“It’s like when there’s a pebble in the stream... the water will go around the pebble. It will do a work around job. That is what we’ll feel in the body. It’s doing a work around job, so we’re trying to get it back into balance”, says Dorine Siccama, our resident craniosacral therapist.
Once the source of the restriction is identified, the therapists use light touch techniques including Myofascial Release to gently realign the imbalances. Dorine emphasises that there is no manipulation involved in craniosacral therapy, distinguishing it from remedial massage: “We look for the wisdom in the body. Cranio is about removing the pebble to allow the bodily fluids and tissues to flow freely again so the body will be able to self-correct”.