Last Sunday I was having a quiet afternoon coffee in a hip little cafe on my street (it makes me feel like one of the cool kids) when I found this advertisement placed neatly on the shelf below the serving counter.
I’ve never heard of Craniosacral Therapy…
What does Wikipedia say about it?
Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled Cranial Sacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. It was developed in 1899 by William Garner Sutherland.
A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to “tune into the craniosacral rhythm”. Craniosacral therapists claim to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
A systematic review conducted in 1999 “did not find valid scientific evidence that craniosacral therapy provides a benefit to patients”, noting that “[t]he available health outcome research consists of low grade of evidence derived from weak study designs” and “[a]dverse events have been reported in head-injured patients following craniosacral therapy.” Craniosacral therapy has been characterized as pseudoscientific and as lacking a biologically plausible mechanism and diagnostic reliability.
It looks like this woman is a registered member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK. Sounds like a legitimate practice (little joke there).
Their website is pretty unexciting and while they do make a few silly claims, I do respect certain nuggets they put on there such as:
Craniosacral Therapy is intended to complement, not replace, the relationship you have with your medical practitioner. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, please see your doctor. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of anything you have read on this website.
Judging from this video it looks a touch like Reiki. I wouldn’t expect that this would really help resolvemuch pain and discomfort though when I was a teenager I frequently went for massage therapy and some of the techniques, in specific the placement of the fingers at the base of the skull, are ones which can help reduce muscle tension.
I decided to go to the website of the practictioner advertised on the pamphlet and found this super nifty course you can take called (Drum Roll):
Shamanic craniosacral therapy and sexuality is a blend of traditional shamanic healing, (reconnection with the mystical child and the spirits of your feminine & masculine energy) followed through with biodynamic craniosacral therapy to enable conscious alignment & integration of these energies within the system, and to support the nervous system and the psyche to reorganise around a present & stable centre.
A shamanic consultation is offered to get the advice necessary from the spirits to proceed in this healing modality.
If the advice offered resonates for the client, and they want to go ahead with the healing recommended by the spirits, we ask for an initial 3 month commitment to the work with further follow up sessions available after this period should support be required.
There is an age limit to this work, but ideally you will be 35 years plus, however there are always exceptions and a minimum of 28 years is a must.
After the initial shamanic consultation this work typically, but not always, consists of a shamanic healing session, minimum three spirit led craniosacral therapy sessions that interface with the biodynamic forces, and two follow up shamanic journeys for clarification and grounding spread out over a three month period.
Shamanic craniosacral therapy and sexuality is particularly suitable for those who feel a lack of sexual identity in their daily lives and who wish to find deeper grounding and connection to themselves and the environment around them.
Sessions last one and a half hours and the cost is £70
Kind of creepy…
I think there are certain truths about these types of “healing” but not in the sense that they try to convey. Will someone touching your head heal your migrane? No, probably not, but it will likely make you feel better. Let’s face it – being gently and carefully touched by someone who seems to care for your health and wellbeing feels good. It’s like a head massage at the hairstylists; it just feels nice.
You could find a friend or loved one to do pretty much what they’re doing and save yourself a hefty charge of £50 a pop. Our gal also offers a Shamanic Journey/ healing where she’ll talk to the guiding spirits; that will cost you £60-£200.
I think I’d rather just go and get a regular massage, or 2-3 for the same price…