15th March 2020
To prevent the spread of Covid-19 I won’t be seeing anyone for craniosacral treatment.
During this period of change I have focused my work in a different direction.
You can read more about it here.
Best wishes to all.
“You will just have to live with it? – Take these drugs and the problem will go away – We have done everything we can – That is normal for babies – Surgery is your only option – You are imagining it.”
The Last Resort First
Co Kerry, Ireland.
From John Dalton
June 11, 2019
Is your faith in the medical system shattered? Has your wallet been emptied by overconfident therapists? Have you been on the emotional roller coaster, rising with the hope that each new approach is going to work, then crushed when it doesn’t? Have you tried everything and still not got the results you wanted?
You’re not alone.
In fact, you’re like so many of the people who have come to me for help and got it.
Who am I?
I’m going to explain a bit about what I do but first, let me tell you about myself so you can put what I say in context.
- I’ve been practicing craniosacral therapy since 1993.
- I’ve treated over 2000 people.
- My success rate averages 85-90%. Meaning 85-90% of the people who come to see me get the result they were looking for.
- I developed the first Government accredited diploma of craniosacral therapy in Australia. (I lived in Australia for 10 years)
- I was a founder of The Australian Institute of Cranio Sacral Therapy.
- I have lectured internationally on craniosacral therapy.
- I produced the Craniosacral Therapy Masterclass DVD series.
- I wrote the book Why do we get sick? Why do we get better? – A wellness detective manual.
So now that you have a better idea of who I am let me start off by telling you what I’m NOT going to do . . .
I’m not going to make any claims that what I do is going to work for you.
You see, here’s the thing.
If a therapist tells you they can guarantee that you’re going to get better or that they are going to heal you, well . . . they’re kidding you.
And probably themselves too.
We would all like guarantees but when it comes to health, there are none. When you come right down to it, what we look for is an approach that has the most likely possibility of working.
An executive from pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith told Britain’s, ‘The Independent‘ newspaper. “I wouldn’t say that most drugs don’t work, I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 percent of people.”
30 to 50%!!
My success rate averages 85-90%
How do I arrive at that figure?
I go through my patient records and add up all the successes.
What constitutes a success?
When someone first comes to see me I ask them what they want me to help them with.
“I want to stop having chronic back pain.” “I want the fibromyalgia pain to stop.” “I want to stop being depressed.” “I to get back on track in my life.” “I want to stop feeling so anxious.” “I want my neck pain to stop.”
If at the end of their treatment program, they have what they wanted at the beginning, I consider that a success.
That’s not very scientific.
I’m not going to try and convince you of the scientific validity of craniosacral therapy. Let’s face it if a scientific approach was going to help you it would have done so by now and . . . well, you wouldn’t be reading this.
At best craniosacral therapy is acknowledged scientifically as having, “A substantial amount of anecdotal evidence in its favor.” Which is an academic way of saying, “Lots of people are saying this thing is really good.”
When I am working with someone my focus is always on finding the root cause of the problem because without dealing with the root cause you don’t get permanent results.
How it works.
If you fall and bruise your elbow, do you have to think about how to fix it?
Some part of us just knows how to do it. It knows because your body is designed to fix itself. And it manages to do this very well most of the time.
It is part of the balancing act your body is continually engaged in. The technical name for it is homeostasis.
A bit like riding a bike, your body is continually balancing itself as it goes along, adjusting to the external changes it encounters.
You run up a hill, you’re heart rate increases and you start to sweat. You have a big meal so your body puts all its resources into digesting the food and you feel sleepy.
When you look at the workings of your body in this way, “healing,” is part of that same balancing act. You bruise your elbow, you’re body fixes it. You get an infection, your body kills it off by raising your temperature. What we call, “healing,” is just another part of the balancing act your body is engaged in.
You only run into a problem when, for some reason, your body has to over-compensate to maintain balance. It would be like trying to ride the bike with a big stack of boxes hanging off the side. You may be able to keep going but the effort, over time would be draining and eventually you would crash.
Traumas are like the boxes. Normally they are small like bruises or infections. A big stack of boxes would be major physical trauma.
Let’s say a person is in a car crash and they hit the steering wheel at 70 kilometers an hour. That is obviously a lot more serious than a bruised elbow. That impact will put a deep imprint in their body. The broken bones and lacerations caused by the accident will heal within a matter of months, but the physical after-effects can go on for years – causing anything from headaches to depression or worse.
Our bodies never stop trying to release the deeper residual patterns of trauma. If the imprint is too intense it overwhelms our body’s repair mechanism. The prolonged effort of trying to release a traumatic imprint that is stuck is exhausting and after years of trying your body can feel very low in energy.
One of the most common causes of trauma is birth. Modern birth is often mismanaged from the outset. Labour can quickly become a frenzy of, “emergency procedures,” which often leave the baby with deep physical trauma.
Even with a natural, problem free labor, if a baby gets stuck and distressed during delivery, even briefly, it can put substantial restrictions into the baby’s system that may not show up for years. I have treated hundreds of babies for a wide range of symptoms that all originated from birth trauma.
And it’s not just babies, unreleased birth trauma can remain trapped in our bodies for years. 78 years is the oldest birth trauma I have helped release.
That’s right – 78 YEAR OLD MAN RELEASES TRAUMA FROM BIRTH!
This doesn’t just apply to physical trauma, emotional trauma is just as devastating in your body as physical trauma.
Your body has lots of different movements and rhythms going on all at the same time. For example, the movement and rhythm of your breathing or the movement and rhythm of your blood pumping around your body.
When your body is trying to repair itself it has a movement and rhythm to it too. It is very subtle and takes years of practice to be able to feel but being able to feel this movement of repair is crucial to knowing where your body is getting stuck in the process. I can feel this movement with my hands and then help your body complete the repairs. I’m a bit like google maps when you’re lost. I don’t drive the car I just help your body find the way.
It became a joke among my students and graduates that we were actually in the resort business because for most of the people who came to see us, we were the last resort.
When you understand that craniosacral therapy helps trauma release from your body, then it makes sense that once restrictions are released in this way, they are gone for good.
Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle approach. There is no pushing, adjusting or manipulating your body into a set or “correct” position. There is no intrusive probing into your past. The contact is very gentle and people often fall asleep during treatment. Because of this gentleness, it is good for children and people in a lot of pain.
Most people feel the benefits immediately. If it takes longer you will generally see enough improvement after 4 treatment sessions to know that it’s going to work.
There are many approaches that will give you complete reduction of your symptoms. The trouble is the reduction only lasts for a short period of time and then you have to return from more treatment. Eventually, this kind of approach makes your body dependant on the treatment.
In modern Ireland, we no longer have the luxury of wondering if alternative approaches work. We are more concerned with the question of whether we are going to get treated by . . . anyone!
Lengthening waiting lists, patients on trolleys and the threat of superbugs roaming our hospitals are forcing many Irish people to consider becoming, “Medical Tourists.” Medical tourism is one of the largest industries in the world with global revenues of approximately US$ 56 Billion in 2018.
And even then the success rate is not great. Kerry O’Brien of Australia’s ABC recently did a story about an Australian man who went to India for a knee reconstruction which cost him roughly €4800 including flights and hospital stay. He was quoted €4200 for the implant alone in Australia.
Unfortunately, there were complications and the implant had to be removed when he returned to Australia. So he was pretty much back where he started minus €4800.
I charge €90 per treatment for adults and €45 per treatment for babies. Children are somewhere in between depending on their age.
There is less time involved with babies and the length of the treatment program is nearly always less.
Adults take between 8 – 12 weeks to get better. Babies often require only 2 or 3 sessions. Treatment sessions are once a week. So for an adult, at most you could spend €1080 to get better.
To get better.
Just to put that in context, a common procedure like back surgery will cost about €16,000. That’s not counting time off work etc. How much of that you pay will depend on your health cover. I have helped lots of people avoid major procedures like surgery of one kind or another. It is almost impossible to calculate the value of finding a remedy for the problems of a child.
I can only see 12 people a week and I fill up pretty quickly.
Craniosacral therapy is intense work to facilitate and I’ve found that any more than 12 people a week and I start to burn out pretty quickly.
Not For Everyone
While I obviously think craniosacral therapy is fantastic, it can’t help with everything. I vividly remember a woman who came to see me for an assessment. She was in a wheelchair and had a severe palsy which was slowly spreading throughout her whole body.
She had been seeing a ‘cranial’ therapist twice a week for the previous eight weeks, who told her that her skull bones were very tight. The woman’s symptoms weren’t changing. She was desperate and I really wanted to help her.
But . . .
When I assessed her I could find nothing wrong with her craniosacral system. Yes, her cranial bones were a little tight but nothing that would cause the kind of severe symptoms she was manifesting.
Sadly, for us both, I had to tell her that I didn’t feel that craniosacral therapy could help her.
I really hope you find what you are looking for, regardless of whether it’s with me or craniosacral therapy. Feel free to email me with questions about your particular situation. I’d like to hear from you.
All the best.
P.S. When it comes to your health and getting better there are no guarantees. Anyone who tells you different is kidding you.
Once you accept that, you realise that what you are trying to decide on is what approach has the best possibility of working.
As I said, my success rate is 85-90%. When you are finished treatment you never have to come back for follow up treatments for your original complaint.
I can tell you over the phone whether I think I can help you or not.
When you come in for an assessment I can definitely tell you whether I think I can help you or not.
Bear in mind that I have a waiting list and may not be able to see you straight away.
P.P.S. I have seen too many people come for treatment after they have spent lots of money and time on treatments that didn’t work. They have come to me as a last resort.
I encourage you to save time and money and most importantly heartache and come to the last resort first.