The Therapist's View
Each Craniosacral Therapist develops a style and approach of their own as they practice. They find their own words to describe the way they work, and what the client might gain from a session. Here some Craniosacral Therapists give their own views of CST and its possible outcomes:
'Craniosacral Therapy essentially helps the body to release restrictions that inhibit the body’s normal, self-correcting tendencies.'
'A subtle balancing back to a state of wellbeing.'
'A deeper sense of wellbeing.'
'Life expresses itself in rhythmical movements, and when it is not moving, then that may either be caused by illness or illness can follow.' 'CST is interesting in that it appears to work at the interface between mind and body - so another way of describing CST is that it is a way of talking to the body through the medium of touch.'
'In our understanding as Craniosacral Therapists there is an “Inherent Treatment Plan”. This is an inherent capacity to return toward health or at least the optimum level of health that is available at the time. Whatever the condition there is the possibility of transformation where there is support and understanding coupled with this empathic and compassionate contact. '
'Think about the therapist as a facilitator who, by placing his/her hands on the head or sacrum or feet is listening to the rhythm within the body and through this contact enables the body to release tensions, calm its chaos and finally to reach a point of absolute silence where both client and therapist are in unison. It is in this silence that the body “does its work”. In this gentle space where mind and body are “held” safely by the therapist who is also focusing on the movement apparent inside the body, a deep sense of relief is often experienced.'
'With today’s fast pace of life, it is true to say that most of us never fully relax and recharge our batteries. The value of doing so is very important for both our physical and emotional well-being. Whilst we are in a deeply relaxed state the body has its best opportunity to repair. The fact that so many people don’t do this is one of the reasons why stress is so prevalent in our society. When the body is deeply relaxed it is better able to let go of tension and stress. '
'Craniosacral Therapy helps people to feel calm in a similar way to what may be experienced during some forms of meditation.'
'It is a gentle but effective way of dealing successfully with many ailments, by overhauling the Nervous System and ensuring that the fractional motions of bones, body tissues, fluids and fascia are healthy and enjoying interior freedom of movement'
'Since the nervous system of every living thing is built to detect what is going on in its external environment, it is also able to detect other nervous systems nearby. BCST therapists are trained to put their own nervous system into the parasympathetic state and maintain that state at will. The client’s nervous system, inherently evaluating the state of the practitioner’s nervous system due to proximity, will eventually begin to copy the practitioner’s nervous system. An easy way of explaining how this is possible is by comparing it to how our mood changes when we are around happy, sad, or angry people. If we are in the presence of a sad person, we find ourselves feeling sad after a while. If we are around a happy person their happiness is often “contagious” and we will leave them feeling happy as well. If you are near another person who is calm (in the parasympathetic state), you too will feel calm despite having had a stressful day.'
'The treatment will address what is most important to the patient/client at the time regardless of what seems to be most important to them or me.'