'The body (is) the brunt of our experience and yet the starting point of our boundless potential'
Gunther van Hagen
Pain, stress, injuries, medical issues and our emotional state can prohibit us from being the best version of ourselves. Our body can become a source of discomfort and distress at some point in our lives.
My approach to health is integrative. That means I will be a part of your journey to better health and take into account the diverse aspects of your condition as well as treatments you may have or need to have with other health specialists. Scientific medicine is very advanced today but may not be suitable for your problem. Health and its counter part, sickness, have aspects that are not usually accounted for or accessable in the medical sciences.
The first session we discuss your needs and expectations and your current health status in order to define a treatment plan.
After that a session may begin with some postural assessment, physical palpation or range of motion investigation. I may use manipulation techniques and then biodynamic osteopathy techniques for the rest of the session.
What is the difference between cranial osteopathy and osteopathy?
Simply put the approach is the same, the medical background of structure and function the same and we come from the same genetic tree.
However we diverge in the method. No forced manipulations are used, the body is not pushed and pulled, but stilled and held.
The approach is gentle and entirely respectful of your system's limits. The practitioners hands are placed on your body in different places during a session, in order to listen to the tissues. This allows work at a deeper level and to hopefully treat the origins of the problem.
CranioSacral Therapy is performed with the client lying face up and fully clothed on a massage table. The therapist discerns the body’s cranial sacral rhythm, which occurs as the cerebral spinal fluid fills and empties within the CranioSacral system. Places where the rhythm is absent are detected throughout the body. Using light-touch techniques, restrictions are released and the rhythm is restored allowing for balance and healing.
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After a session there is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process, where you may become more aware of symptoms.
Sometimes people report relief after only one or two sessions.
For long-standing problems further sessions may be needed.
Some people find they benefit from regular treatment over an extended period of time and say that, as well as noticing improvement in their physical or emotional symptoms, they feel that they have more awareness of their own needs and strengths, and their quality of life has improved.
A wide range of ailments can be treated in this way, almost anything that involves pain is treatable but some of the more common issues I treat are listed below.