Gentle bodywork leads the path to self-healing
Craniosacral therapy supports the self-regulation of the body
Many of our patients have already come into contact with craniosacral therapy. Others, who do not yet know this beautiful kind of gentle bodywork, often ask what craniosacral is and what it does. Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle form of body work. As a craniosacral therapist, I encounter the personality of the patients very in a very careful and mindful way. I support them with fine manual impulses, which initiate self-regulation of the body on the way to self-healing. We strengthen inner resources. This way, positive changes can be triggered.
For pain and mental illness
For pain, whiplash and psychological problems, including depression, tension, sleep disorders, as well as migraine or tinnitus, craniosacral therapy helps well. It has a process-supporting effect on both, psychological and physical crises. Healthy people also benefit from this gentle therapy, as it strengthens the whole system and brings it into a good balance. With us, at the private clinic MENTALVA, we often recommend craniosacral therapy for stabilisation and as a profound body experience. In stressful situations, one often loses the body feeling, and one’s inner peace and silence are lost. The gentle bodywork can be a kind of «door opener» for stimulation of self-healing.
Creating space of silence
Depending on the indication, I treat people with different techniques. With tinnitus, for example, I concentrate more on the head and neck, release the jaw and other tension. But the focus is always on the gentle touch. This way, a space for silence can be created. I feel the body sensation. I do not «heal» in the classical sense, but I wait for the body to regenerate by itself. Through my trained perception, I receive the body signals through touch. Changes can take place after one session or after several therapies. This can vary and is never foreseeable.
Patients feel «touched»
The entire system reacts to the fine manual body impulses – patients are always fully dressed on the therapy couch and covered up. Some tell me that they didn't notice much but felt touched in the truest sense of the word. Others feel that they have arrived at themselves. Many people don’t have such experiences, triggered only by gentle touches. Craniosacral therapy is, therefore, an aid from the outside to bring the body back into balance. In certain situations, you often can't do this on your own. At the beginning of every therapy, however, is the conversation. One treatment takes about an hour. Craniosacral therapists work at different levels. Stabilising (balancing of the inner system), symptom- and process-oriented (for example, with emotional pressure on the chest) and symptom-oriented on a physical level (back pain, migraine, etc.).
What does craniosacral mean?
Our association describes it as follows: The two poles, skull (cranium) and sacral bone (sacral), form a unit with the brain and spinal cord membranes, in which the cerebrospinal fluid pulsates rhythmically. This rhythm is transmitted to the entire body. It influences the development and functionality of the whole person. Changes or blockages in this system give us therapists the necessary hints for our work. Already at the beginning of the 20th century, craniosacral treatments were carried out. The therapy is based on osteopathy and has been continuously developed. It is often used to accompany the provision of medical care. Many patients feel satisfied, balanced, strengthened and centered after a treatment. For both, physical and mental illnesses, craniosacral therapy has a very supportive effect.