Craniosacral Therapy for Traumatic Stress

Craniosacral Therapy for Traumatic Stress

People that have witnessed or undergone trauma whether on the personal or professional front will often experience ongoing uncontrollable fear, anxiety and depression along with various other symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares. It is only in recent times that the long-term effects of trauma have been recognised and given the name PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

The symptoms of PTSD can manifest days or years later and can affect someone for a long time and sometimes for a lifetime.

Although classified as a mental disorder PTSD has distinct physical origins, the part of the brain that houses the survival responses of fight, flight and freeze has become maladapted.

Craniosacral Therapy can help as part of an ongoing treatment programme with the following symptoms –

Insomnia – By releasing jammed areas of the spine and cranial bones important junctions for the nervous system are freed up allowing for improvement in sleep.

Hypervigilance – By helping to down-regulate the stress response of the body the client will be able to gain a greater sense of internal ease over time.

Chronic Anxiety – With the Somato Emotional Release component of CST anxiety and intrusive thoughts can improve.

These are just a few examples of how CST will benefit the client.

Since training in CST I have been amazed at the number of people seeking help for this condition, PTSD is more common than you might think but it’s great to see the support it can bring to those living with constant distress.

A Cranio session begins with a brief consultation to establish general health and main areas of concern then an evaluation of the Craniosacral Rhythm is performed, this allows the practitioner to find the areas of the body that are impeded in some way.

The treatment itself combines full body light touch techniques to work with structural restrictions, connective tissue imbalances and nervous system down-regulation.

During the session a client may experience the treatment in a variety of ways, some people are very aware of change happening during the session while others are relaxed at the time but only notice the difference afterwards, everyone is different!

When seeking treatment for any ongoing health concern an intensive block of sessions is always best to start off with, this is usually between 4 and 6 treatments ideally spaced no more than a fortnight apart. After this thing will be reassessed and spaced differently depending on clients needs at the time.

If you have questions about whether CST is right for you please get in touch on 07976519557 or

I look forward to hearing from you!


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