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CranioSacral Therapy & Life Coaching

CranioSacral Therapy & Life Coaching

I am a 'Life Therapist' and I look at everything that is going on in someone's life, from their work to their personal life and everything in between. From this, I can build an understanding of what is out of balance in their life, which will present itself either physically, mentally or emotionally. I start by enabling my clients to gain a sense of order to the issues that they are facing. Together, we will address whatever is causing disharmony in their lives.

Using a combination of knowledge and the therapies I have learnt over the past 30 years allows me to tailor the sessions specific to the individual.

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.

What can it help with?

CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure based on its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Stress
  • Traumas
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Emotions resulting from childbirth
  • Life changes
  • MS
  • Demential/Alzeimers disease
  • Cancer
  • Concussion and head/brain trauma
  • Joint pain
  • Bereavement (animals too)
  • Chronic and acute neck and back pain
  • Joint problems
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus
  • Immune system support

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 anxiety.

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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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.


Alyssa Burns-Hill

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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What Our Customers Have To Say

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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.