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CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve the body’s health and performance.

How does CranioSacral therapy work?

Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.

Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.

Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalising the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, Craniosacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

What Conditions can Craniosacral Therapy address?

Below is a selection of clinical situations in which Craniosacral Therapy has been shown effective. Note: acute conditions require medical care, and doctors should be consulted if you are in any doubt about treatment. Referral to an advanced Craniosacral Therapist is also recommended in cases of doubt or risk.

  • Stress related disorders
  • Immune system support
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Autism
  • Physical, Mental and Emotional trauma
  • Infant and childhood disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Dementia / Alzeimers disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Chronic and Acute neck and back pain
  • Central Nervous System disorders
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus
  • Scoliosis
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopaedic Problems
  • And many other conditions

* For babies and children it can help with a wide of range of issues, including birth trauma, sensory processing disorders, colic, behaviour, sleep problems and or anxiety.

Contraindications

Craniosacral Therapy is not recommended for certain conditions where intracranial pressure would cause instability, such as an acute aneurysm, recent skull fracture and cerebral haemorrhage or other severe bleeding disorders.

If you have any questions about whether these situations apply to you, then you should seek the advice or your doctor before receiving Craniosacral Therapy.

What is the CranioSacral system?

The CranioSacral system is a recently discovered physiological system, which envelops the brain and spinal cord. An important function of this system is the production, circulation and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which maintains the physiological environment in which your brain and nervous system develop and function.  

Normally, the production and reabsorption of CSF produces a continuous rise and fall of fluid pressure with the CranioSacral system. If, for some reason, your body is unable to accommodate the pressures that are needed for the CranioSacral system to work effectively within the brain, then the change in these pressures can contribute to ill health and dysfunction, especially in the central nervous system.

Why might CranioSacral therapy be used?

CranioSacral therapy can be used on everyone, from babies to older people. It can also be beneficial to animals. During gestation and birth, babies’ systems can become misaligned; The speed at which they self correct through CranioSacral therapy is miraculous.

Who developed CranioSacral therapy?

CranioSacral therapy* was developed by Dr John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician featured in TIME magazine as one of America’s next wave of innovators.

In 1985, Dr. Upledger founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. More than 90,000 therapists have since been trained in CranioSacral therapy. Dr Upledger also founded the Upledger Clinic the same year to provide treatment to individuals suffering from pain and dysfunction, and to continue his groundbreaking research in a clinical setting.

*Explanation from upledger.com

Who can benefit from CranioSacral therapy?

The lightness of touch makes CranioSacral therapy a safe approach for children and infants who have experienced early stress, including birth trauma.

CST has proven especially effective on puzzling cases that have not responded well to other approaches. It’s particularly helpful to those with head, neck or back injuries resulting from an accident.

How does CranioSacral therapy work?

Everyday stresses can cause body tissue to tighten up and thus distort the CranioSacral system, causing tension to form around the brain and spinal cord. Using simple methods of touch – generally about 5gm of pressure (roughly the weight of a 20 pence piece) – the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the CranioSacral system. They gently feel various parts of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the CranioSacral system.

How long will my appointments last?

Appointments last an hour, although a further 15 minutes are added to the first consultation for a thorough evaluation. Clients can opt for longer sessions if required.

What can I expect from a CranioSacral therapy session?

A typical CranioSacral therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. Clients remain fully clothed and relax on a comfortable, padded massage or treatment table. The practitioner will stand or sit positioned at various points of the head, torso or feet. At times, the practitioner may also support the client’s limbs and spine while helping their body release accumulated tension.

Experiences differ from individual to individual – some are instantly relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension.

Some people recall circumstances surrounding a past trauma or injury, known as SomatoEmotional Release. This is normal, and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.

Practitioners advise on the number of sessions required, as everyone’s response to CST is different.

How will I know if CST is helping me?

The positive effects of CST can be quite pronounced. The light touch can actually induce the spontaneous release of accumulated tension in any part of the body. This release often allows the healing process to begin. If the source of dysfunction is within the CranioSacral system itself, noticeable improvement may be achieved after the first visit.

There may be an overall sensation of simply feeling better after a session.

Can CST be used in conjunction with other complementary therapies?

CranioSacral therapy works on its own, but can be used alongside other therapies.

Are there any conditions that shouldn’t be addressed with CranioSacral therapy?

In certain situations, CST is not recommended.  They include where a client has acute aneurysm, a recent skull fracture and cerebral haemorrhage or other severe bleeding disorders.

If you have any questions about whether these situations apply to you, then seek the advice or your doctor before receiving CST.

Can CranioSacral therapy be used instead of seeing my doctor?

CST is not intended as primary healthcare, but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor. We do not make any diagnoses about medical conditions and highly recommend that anyone with a medically diagnosed condition choosing to use CranioSacral Therapy does so with the full knowledge and cooperation of their medical specialist.

If you have a particular medical concern we would always recommend that you consult your GP.  CST practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe medication.

How do I know if a practitioner is qualified?

Upledger UK holds details of all practitioners and the qualifications they have gained through Upledger.

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Marie-Christine Dix

Chiropractor & Dry Needling

Jersey-born Chiropractor Marie-Christine, one of the four founders of Align, is dedicated to promoting good health choices within the island’s community. She was inspired to become a Chiropractor after receiving chiropractic care for a sports injury while playing badminton for Jersey, and seeing benefits in pain relief as well as performance in sport and overall wellbeing. Marie-Christine studied for her masters’ degree in chiropractic at the world-renowned AECC (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic) in Bournemouth. She then joined a practice in Hove for three years, helping it secure the prestigious Chiropractor PPQM 2008-2010 award from the College of Chiropractors UK for meeting patient expectations and promoting good standards of practice. She returned to Jersey in 2008, establishing her reputation as a Chiropractor by setting up the Back to Balance practice and then the Lido Wellness Centre - with the firm belief that Chiropractic can help build and maintain a robust and healthy body, capable of dealing with everything that life throws at it. Marie-Christine has helped people of all ages, from the young, pregnant women and older people. Marie-Christine has completed further qualifications and courses including medical acupuncture, treatment of pregnant women, pediatrics, chiropractic neurology, activator technique, rehabilitation, and CranioSacral techniques. She is a member of the British Chiropractic Association. With a clear belief that health should be one of the main priorities in life, and prevention is always better than cure, Marie-Christine’s work to promote awareness of good health habits in her community has included giving talks to local school pupils and on local radio.

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Julie Dryburgh

CranioSacral Therapist & Life Coach

For over 30 years Julie has been helping people achieve balance, understanding and peace within their lives, by providing personal wellness and Life Therapy. Julie studied CranioSacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute UK, and has worked with babies to people of all ages. Alongside her CranioSacral work, Julie is a Reiki master and teacher as well as an advanced Theta Healing practitioner. By combining these therapies she is able to help heal the body by balancing the physical, emotional and mental aspects. Julie also works with animals and specialises in pet bereavement. Previously, she worked at the Lido Wellness Centre.

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Holistic & Hormone Health Specialist

Alyssa is an international holistic and hormone health specialist whose goal is to help people in their wellness and vitality. She believes in person-centred healthcare and that hormones impact on the body physically, mentally and emotionally – and that hormone testing and evaluation can be a useful guide when working with clients. As well as being part of the Align team, Alyssa has a clinic in London’s Harley Street and her work brings in her MSc studies in health promotion and PhD research about ‘holistic healing from breast cancer through the lens of hormones: synopsis and synthesis’. She has also featured in several national publications.

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Yann is a lovely, bouncy boy whose conditions include hyperactivity and difficulties with perception and his senses, which affect his behaviour and handwriting. He is also hyper-vigilant and was struggling at school. Yann loves his sessions and his symptoms have improved substantially; he sleeps better, has a much healthier appetite and his handwriting has improved. His experience of school is a lot more positive and his hyper-vigilance has reduced (except when anxious or tired).

Anon

I was having a difficult time at school, feeling stressed and emotional. The treatment was really relaxing and Julie made me feel at ease. I felt great afterwards and much happier, as if things were going to be easier to deal with.

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age 15

I had constant muzzy head, fatigue, balance, night sweats and neck pain; welcome to the menopause – HRT was prescribed. I also had tingling in the fingers, which was diagnosed as poly carpal syndrome for which surgery was recommended. After CranioSacral therapy… NO HRT, and NO surgery for me.

L

My teenage daughter has had a few treatments and is always ‘a different kid’ afterwards; visibly much happier and more relaxed, which is wonderful during exams and stressful teenage years. As well as releasing stress, Julie’s CranioSacral sessions have also greatly helped with easing aches and pains.

C

I had been having severe pain problems with my right arm and shoulder. Julie found the source of that problem in the first session and the symptoms resolved. She also identified things that had happened to my body in the past, without any prior prompts, and has been working to resolve those too. I feel so wonderfully relaxed and at peace during my sessions.

Andrea

I had no experience of CranioSacral therapy, even though I have been a therapist and tutor of alternative/complementary therapies for many years. I must admit I was amazed at both the treatment itself and the skill with which Julie applied it. I could almost feel the effect as it happened.

Gill

When I first went to see Julie I felt that my life was stuck. I was in an unsuitable job which was bringing me down, but for some reason I could not move on. From the beginning the results were remarkable. I was invited to three interviews and within six months had found a new job where I am far happier. I have regained my ‘joie de vivre’ and life keeps getting better.

H

I have recommended Julie’s treatments to many friends and also to patients who have pains which doctors struggle to explain and can often be caused by stress which needs releasing in the central nervous system rather than injury. They have also seen great results.

C

I was shocked how such a gentle, relaxing technique could work such miracles. After just one session I felt so much 'lighter' and able to cope, as well as helping with my migraines.  I then booked my teenage daughter in with Julie as she had become very emotional due to hormones and major changes in our family circumstances; again, with just one session, she felt so much relief and was so much happier.

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