The essence of this approach is the ability to listen through the hands to the body's own story within its patterns of motion and pulsation.

Craniosacral therapy is based on the work of Dr. William Garner Sutherland who developed an approach to Osteopathy known as 'The Cranial Concept.' His original approach has now been broadened to become a gentle and non invasive approach to whole-body treatment.

In his exploration of the Cranial Concept, Dr. Sutherland developed a completely new range of treatment approaches that expanded the potential of osteopathic treatment. This development has, at its root, an understanding of the inherent life force of the body, which Dr. Sutherland called "The Breath of Life'. It can be thought of as a Primary or Constitutional Energy which has integrative and healing functions in the human system.

He discovered that the Breath of Life was expressed as subtle layers of impulse within the body that could be palpated as a tide-like rhythm throughout each of the body's systems. He also determined that every aspect of the body registers the presence of this life impulse with its own unique form of motion.

When the body's health is compromised in any way, it is noticed as a changes to the natural expression of these tide-like motions within the body and an awareness of these motions can therefore yield a wealth of information to an experienced practitioner. The essence of this approach then is the ability to listen through the hands to the body's own story within its patterns of motion and pulsation.

Treatment - Listening to what is within the body

Treatment involves a light touch on the body that is non-invasive and allows the the practitioner to notice the subtle presence of the 'The Tide' within the the body.

This deep listening can be likened to the way you would read someone's pulse at their wrist. It doesn't require effort to feel a pulse, it becomes clear as you bring attention to it. So, for the craniosacral therapist their quietness and stillness is an acquired skill in listening, listening to what is within the body.

For the patient, this process is also a place of inner reflection within the body itself. In a sense, it clarifies to the body what it is doing and how this is being organised. This recognition has within it an element of choice and the potential for change.

During a treatment when the practitioner witnesses changes within the Tide and patterns of motion in the anatomy of the body, it indicates that changes are occuring within the 'living body'.

These changes that take place over a period of time, are far more than simple adjustments, they also represent the potential for improving the body's overall health and function.