What actually happens in a treatment session?
Most people are pleased to discover is that it’s not necessary to remove any clothing for treatment. The first time I see you I will take a comprehensive case history. Then you lie down fully clothed and I put my hands on your body in different places. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we’re silent. 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.
How long does a treatment session last?
The thing to remember is you are paying for treatment, not time. Treatment sessions last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on what your body needs on the day. Less time for children depending on how long they can lie still for. For example, a 2-year-old won’t lie down at all so I treat them as they play on the floor.
How many times will I need to come for treatment?
That depends on what you are coming for. The longest I’ve seen someone for was every week for 3 years. The shortest was one session. Generally speaking, a treatment program runs for about 10 to 15 weeks. Children generally take less time. Treatment happens once a week or at most once every two weeks. That point is important, intervals of any longer than two weeks and the whole thing becomes less effective and generally takes longer.
Will I need to keep coming back for, “maintenance” treatments?
No. Once you’re finished, you’re finished for good. 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.
It’s like helping a big piece of scrunched up cellophane to unravel itself. Once it has unraveled, there’s no need to, “maintain” its state of unraveled-ness, so to speak.
Can I claim you on my private health fund?
Probably not. The official line from all the health funds on craniosacral therapy is no. Having said that some of the people I have treated have been able to claim it. So it seems to be at the case officers discretion.
When will I begin to see results?
Often you can 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.
How did craniosacral therapy originate?
People have been putting their hands on each other’s heads for the purpose of healing for, yonks!
The first scientific analysis was made in the 1930s by an osteopath called William Sutherland. He recognised the importance of cranial bone mobility and the detrimental effects cranial restrictions had on the whole body. From his findings, he developed cranial osteopathy.
In the 1970s, Dr. John Upledger, an osteopathic surgeon, continued and deepened Sutherland’s work. He shifted the focus from the cranial bones to the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid of the body. He called what he was doing craniosacral therapy and I think I’ve almost forgiven him for coming up with such a terrible name.
In the 1990’s Franklyn Sills developed biodynamic craniosacral therapy which is less osteopathic in its approach.
There has been a lot of cross-pollination between the different schools and styles of craniosacral therapy. Like anything that is unsupported and marginalised, there is a lot of differences between the many schools teaching craniosacral therapy around the world. Differences in philosophical approach, quality of training and quality of assessment.
Craniosacral therapy is practiced throughout the world today in one form or another by many different kinds of healthcare professionals, including nurses, dentists, and doctors. It continues to be refined and enriched by the practitioners and the schools that teach it.