“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” – Rumi
Physical, emotional and psychological conditions that have been set up by history, injury and lifestyle – such as stress, traumas and toxicity – can become imprinted in the body’s connective tissues (fascia, ligaments, muscles and bones), including the head, acting like a recording that is replayed whenever stimulated. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) works in cooperation with the underlying forces that govern your health, balancing the structures surrounding the brain and spinal cord and stimulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This enhances the overall health of the body and taps into these strains to gently release them.
What I most love about this therapy is that it’s not about tweaking, twisting, cracking and manipulating your system back into compliance so you can continue ‘business as usual’, but rather a re-training of what the body was born to know. With light-touch palpation and perception techniques, I use CST to re-orientate your body’s innate ability to heal and resolve the trapped forces that underlie and drive trauma and dis-ease in your body. Because inherent health is reflected in the fluids of the body, my hands can tap into the subtle tidal flow and act as a mirror reflecting back to the body its underlying health. This tide points to the root cause of the problem and can, therefore, guide me to treat a different part of the body to the original problem.
Because of the basic understanding that everything is connected to everything else, CST treats the client as one system, feeling and holding into the pulsation of the fluid tide that expresses itself in every cell of the body. CST is a gentle and non-invasive healing practice that senses the body’s subtle rhythms and patterns of inertia or congestion, and re-teaches the system to settle and relax into a parasympathetic state that encourages a return to its natural flow. Although a deeply anatomical process, it often feels to me like magic is involved as your system finds its harmony again and returns to its innate health.
There is often an expectation that happiness, health and vitality can only be achieved through the alleviation of dis-ease and an attainment of a sense of balance, yet I find it’s in the acceptance of the dualities that exist within flow that true harmony can be found. When a body has dis-ease it has an innate capacity to find ease and it’s in the dance towards that quest for rhythm that you find the songs your body wants play.
Who can benefit from Craniosacral Therapy?
Everything the senses are exposed to leaves an imprint on the cells of the body, which carries information from as far back as conception, so what seem to be physical issues can often be found to be deeply rooted in unresolved emotional and spiritual problems. Any injury or dis-ease in the body can create compensations that effect how the individual grows and lives; treatment as early as possibly is, therefore, crucial to prevent long-term effects.
Because CST accesses the individual’s underlying health, there is no ailment that it cannot help ease or cure. CST is also excellent as a preventive therapy because it can facilitate the resolution of imbalances within a system that the individual may not even be consciously aware of. Treatment can begin at birth and can be used throughout life; receiving this healing therapy can exponentially improve the body’s resistance to ailments and increase its ability to heal.
“I have been going to CST sessions with Penelope for the last year on and off and can not recommend her enough, she is a beautiful intuitive healer and gorgeous human being! I used to have frequent migraines and nerve pain in my arm from yoga which have completely disappeared. My body LOVES going to her, it goes into a deep state of healing and relaxation as soon as her healing hands touch my body and I leave in a state of bliss! As a transformational coach I often refer my clients to Penelope so we can work as a team, integrating all levels (body, heart/soul and mind) towards the client’s balance and wellbeing.”
How long is a session?
Your session will last 90 minutes, approximately 75 minutes of which is spent on the table. This is not a quick-fix process; it is a dynamic healing modality that brings greater awareness to the body’s innate healing ability and aligns with the body’s resources to find its true health. It is always best not to expect anything but to allow the process to unfold in flow with the healing process, which begins on the table and can continue for several days after a session. Rest well after a treatment, drink plenty of pure water, and pay attention to the subtle changes that are taking place in your body.
What can you expect during and after a session?
You remain fully clothed on the table while I work intuitively on where to begin treatment, placing my hands on different parts of the body for several minutes at a time until I feel the tidal rhythm and listen to where the body draws me in for healing. You may feel heat, cold, changes in breathing, tingling or pulsing sensations as I move through the body. Memories and visions can also emerge with depth of therapy. It can be emotional as well as deeply restful so it is beneficial for you to stay tuned into all these sensations, which are ultimately a guide towards your own unique healing process.
“I went to see Ellie (Penelope) for my depression. She’s exceptionally skilled at facilitating deep emotional release work. I saw her weekly for a couple months and it helped immensely. She was an integral part of my healing process. She’s also extremely intuitive. It’s hard to explain how helpful this is to the entire process. Somehow she’s able to intensely connect with you, see you, and see what’s going on… what’s hindering your wellness and what you need to restore and rejuvenate yourself. She’s amazing! Go see her!”
How many treatments are necessary?
As a very rough guideline, it usually takes three to seven sessions to notice a real shift in your condition so I recommend a commitment to this process before you book your first treatment.
Some conditions are deeply-rooted and can take more sessions to shift so we can start with bi-weekly or weekly sessions and gradually reduce to bi-monthly, monthly and so forth.
As a preventative therapy, a client can schedule sessions weekly or bi-monthly.
Craniosacral Therapy for Children
From the moment of conception, a child’s life is a whirlwind of change and development. Restrictions arising during birth may result in colic, suckling problems, breathing difficulties, restlessness, and irritability – and later to learning difficulties, which are often simply dismissed as attention disorders.
Children respond well to the gentle approach Craniosacral Therapy takes and, because they have not created the same kind of compensations around their ailments as adults have, they often experience immediate release. Craniosacral Therapy enables them to begin the important process of being aware of, and responsible for, their own physical and emotional health.
“Penelope is magical, I absolutely love my healing time with her. Penelope has helped me with my severe anxiety. I feel like a new person after seeing her. She is so calm and gentle. She cares so deeply for the the people she treats. I can talk to her about anything, she is an amazing healer and friend! Thank you Pens – you are wonderful and I am so grateful for our journey and your amazing healing touch!”