What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy has its roots in the findings of Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopath, who discovered that all the cells of the body have a rhythmic motion which is essential for life.  


At the core of the body is the Cerebrospinal Fluid which bathes and nourishes the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system, the free flow of which is vital for health.  The rest of the body, the bones, tissues and organs also all have their own patterns of movement.  If the motion of any of these is restricted, perhaps from a fall, accident, emotional stress or shock, then health is compromised and symptoms, such as headaches, back pain or depression, are likely to occur. 


Craniosacral therapy uses gentle touch as a way of ‘listening’ to this motion and any resistances within it and this in turn enables the body to free itself from any patterns of restriction and return to an easier mode of functioning.  Because it works at the body’s own pace, craniosacral therapy allows any changes which occur to be fully integrated and, therefore, it is possible to access levels of deep and profound healing.


For more information on craniosacral therapy please visit the Craniosacral Therapy Association or Craniosacral Therapy Information


Watch this film produced by the Craniosacral Therapy Association for a clear description of how the therapy works.



Craniosacral therapy is intended to complement the medical care provided by your GP, not replace it.  If you have concerns about your health, you should consult your doctor.