“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
Craniosacral Therapy is an anatomical healing modality that treats the whole being as both a unique individual with an independent biosphere and as a being on an evolutionary journey from that source to become part of a consciousness of zero separation. In the form I practise it it is not prescriptive but functional; not static but in harmony with the system I tap into. With light-touch palpation and perception techniques, I use Craniosacral Thearpy to re-orientate your body’s innate ability to reveal the trapped forces that underlie and drive trauma and dis-ease in your body, thereby awakening your system’s deep healing intelligence.
People say I have a magical touch. I sense this is because when I hold a client it is as though I am holding the entire cosmos as I tap into, merge with, and channel the universal blueprint. What appeals to me most about this therapy is that it is anatomically based–it gives me an anchor for my academic mind–and yet it encompasses the intelligence of all the galaxies. What appeals most to my clients is that it’s not about tweaking, twisting, cracking and manipulating the system back into compliance in order to continue ‘business as usual’, but rather a re-training of what the body was born to know so that they re-member their own capacity to self-heal.
When the system has compensated for a period of time it creates a new fulcrum within the injury, wound, dis-ease or trauma. But this is not a static state, simply a state of pause, often coinciding with a diagnosis of sorts. Clients sometimes book Craniosacral Therapy after having had more ‘severe’ work done because of long forgotten pains that have once again emerged for healing. What I find sometimes occurs in these cases is that the more radical work has aligned the body out of harmony with the newfound homeostasis that the system has worked on for years to find comfort.
It’s not about never getting injured physically, emotionally, mentally, psychically or spiritually but feeling the pain of the wound and using this as the map to navigate back to balance and healing. The goal is not necessarily to eradicate all dis-ease but to find and develop those inherent resources that we can use to cue our sense of safety within the dis-ease. I help you optimise your resources on a physical level with Craniosacral Therapy, an emotional and mental level with Coaching, on a psychic level with Yoga, Mantra and Meditation, and on a spiritual level with guided Nature Activities and Visualisations.
I take time to understand the system and how it is operating and then, using this light touch healing modality, I allow the client’s system to find its harmony and innate health. This often means the focus of my work is not necessarily on eradicating the compensations which can quickly put the body back into a state of dis-harmony; it can also involve assessing the degree of the compensation and working in small increments to either bring the body back to the original balance or to work with the system in a way that it finds health, ease and harmony within the compensation.
“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!” – Tami
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.
It takes courage to heal and I understand that this in itself needs to be treated with great care and compassion; this is what I was born for. I bring a lot–besides an open heart, mind and hands–to the table when treating you. When I work with you and your health, the first session is exploratory and we get to learn about each other and if we walk well together on this healing path. After that, I request (but don’t expect) a commitment of at least five to seven sessions to explore the inner and outer landscapes of your being so as to better integrate this rites of passage experience.
Each body has its own stories; my job is to listen–to hear its stories as clearly as possible, and to respond effectively. When I hold into your system (CNS)–mind, body, soul and spirit–I am not doing anything to fix you. Instead I am offering a safe space for your being to surrender into its innate ability to heal by giving you the containment for your own internal forces to find their outer limits and, in doing so, define a way to organise themselves.
From my heart to my hands to your health.
“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.” – San
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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 Craniosacral Therapy accesses the individual’s underlying health, there is no ailment that it cannot help ease or cure. Craniosacral Therapy 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.
“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!” – Chelsea
How long is a session?
Your session will last 90 minutes, approximately 60-75 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.
How many treatments are necessary?
As a rough guideline, it usually takes five to seven sessions to notice a real shift in your condition, but there are cases where conditions disappear after only one session and there are some conditions that are deeply-rooted and can take more sessions to shift. It is often children who respond rather swiftly as they have not had time to create such deep-seated compensations in their bodies. We can start with bi-weekly or weekly sessions and gradually reduce to bi-monthly, monthly and so forth. At the end of a series of treatments, I will consult with you to determine an on-going therapy plan, where appropriate. 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.
I do not prescribe or diagnose – any recommendations are suggestions only.