- A CranioSacral practitioner will take a written case history, listening with care for the reasons given for the visit. This is an important part of the session, both for gathering information and to establish understanding and trust, building a relationship between two partners.
- The sessions traditionally last for an hour although this can vary. Children respond quite quickly and their session times may be reduced.
- Clothing is kept on, shoes and accessories such as large earrings, necklaces and glasses are removed for comfort.
- Clients remain clothed and usually lie face up or on side lying. A session can be carried out with the client seated if mobility is compromised.
- A light contact is initiated, usually with the head, base of spine and other “listening stations” around the body. Contact is always negotiated and pressure and touch adjusted if needed.
- The body begins to relax and make the adjustments it needs, because the body functions as a whole, the practitioner may be drawn to focus on areas other than where symptoms are felt. It is part of the quality of the training, that CranioSacral Therapists learn how to maintain a wide focus whilst still remaining in contact with the whole.
IN THE LONGER TERM
- After the session, there is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process.
- A client may become more aware of symptoms or areas of discomfort. This is may be brief, clearing to leave a sense of ease.
- Some people have reported relief after only one or two sessions. For longer-standing problems, further sessions may be needed.
- Some people find they benefit from regular treatment over an extended period of time and say that, as well as noticing improvement in their physical or emotional symptoms, they feel they have more awareness of their own needs and strengths, their coping mechanism has improved together with quality of life.
Registered Therapists are accredited by the CranioSacral Therapy Association (CSTA) and use the letters RCST after their names. They follow the CSTA’s Code Of Ethics and requirements for continuing professional development