It's as if the landscape
gathers you into its arms
and makes you
not just welcome here
It has reached out and found
you where you alone
could not. You are never lost
among these contours.
They map your interior.
You are discovered here.
- Rogan Wolf
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) evolved from the work of Osteopath William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954). A student of Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy, Sutherland’s work is practised by many osteopaths who refer to it as Cranial Osteopathy.
CST is a subtle but profound hands-on therapy that works with the underlying forces that govern our health. It is a truly holistic approach to bodywork, recognising that the mental, physical and emotional aspects of the body all form an integrated and intelligent whole.
In co-operation with your body's own inner health and wisdom, CST engages and supports the inherent capacity for self-healing, helping to restore balance, vitality and wellbeing.
Your body is quietly seeking perfect health at every moment. The word 'biodynamic' refers to the drive within your body to constantly move towards a state of health. This drive is expressed in the tide-like motions of the Cerebrospinal Fluid. All healthy living tissues of the body 'breathe' with these rhythmic tide-like motions and it is this that a Craniosacral Therapist 'listens to' with senstitive hands. This creates the conditions for your body to respond by beginning to listen to itself.
Throughout our lives our bodies become patterned, shaped and conditioned by how we have been able to cope with life's events. If we have been overwhelmed by illness, stress, injury or trauma, the body's capacity for vital motion and self-repair can become compromised and patterns of inertia and stasis can become held in the body.
CST provides the safe conditions for fluidity and vitality to return to where it has been lost. Long-held issues are then often able to resolve, creating a deep sense of resourcing within the client. The body can subtly do what it needs to do, at its own pace, in order to re-organise and re-balance towards its original state of health.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. - Rumi
What is unique about CST is its ability to work with the source of symptoms on every level, whether mental, physical or emotional, and can therefore address and alleviate a wide variety of conditions.
It can help with:
physical aches, pains and restrictions
acute and chronic diseases
emotional or psychological disturbances
CST can also be used on an on-going basis to support overall health and wellbeing, helping to develop a sense of vitality, grounding and resilience throughout life's challenges.
If you have a query about whether CST might be right for you, please get in touch with me.
For more information about CST, visit the CSTA website.
I am pleased to say that I will be continuing to offer CST throughout this second lockdown in accordance with government guidelines at my regular practise, the Alma Vale Centre. I look forward to welcoming and working with you.
I am also still offering a series of eight CST-inspired meditations to find and maintain moments of ease and embodiment at this time. Please get in touch with me if you would like to receive these direct to your inbox on a 'pay what you can' basis!
Photos by Jose Vegas