Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy are not, as the names might suggest, treatments solely for the head. Both involve a gentle approach to the whole body, allowing the treatment of tissues which are otherwise hard to reach. They also allow the practitioner to work with patients who are delicate or are not able to fully communicate or cooperate, such as babies.

Craniosacral Therapy developed from osteopathy over 100 years ago, when osteopaths recognised a palpable rhythm within the spinal fluid. When this rhythm was attended to, the osteopaths noticed extraordinary changes in their clients’ health. At first, these Craniosacral or Cranial techniques were taught only to osteopaths, but from the 1970s the skills were taught beyond the osteopathy schools, to non-osteopaths, and the distinct field of Craniosacral Therapy came into being.

The two fields have continued to develop separately, but what they retain in common is the central principle – the subtle manipulation of the ‘cranial rhythm’. This is a body-length oscillation which is caused by the day-to-day movement of the body’s tissues and its metabolic processes. Improving this oscillation can restore health to the area, so the practitioner uses gentle touch to sense tensions in the body and then helps to release them in a supported and comfortable way.

Both therapies use such gentle techniques that they are suitable for everyone, including young children and babies. Problems which might be treated in early childhood include teething or growing pains. Babies might be treated for colic, sleeping trouble or digestive problems. Both therapies can also be used to help with problems associated with a difficult or complicated birth. The process of being born can be traumatic for any baby, but if a pregnancy goes past the due date, or if there are complications such as a face presentation or breech delivery, or if the birth process is particularly brief or long, a series of restrictions and/or tensions can develop in the baby’s body. Both Cranial Osteopathy and Craniosacral Therapy can help to relieve these restrictions and tensions and so improve the health and happiness of the child.

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Cranial Osteopathy is practised at York Clinic by Adam Weisbaum. Adam qualified from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in 2006 and practised in Kent and Surrey, including teaching at the ESO, before moving to Yorkshire in 2009. He uses a variety of osteopathic techniques, of which Cranial is just one, as well as prescribing exercises and stretches, and offering postural advice. Adam treats people of all ages and works at the York Clinic on Thursdays.

Rebecca Scheller has recently joined York Clinic as a Craniosacral Therapist. Originally from Germany, Rebecca trained in various complementary therapies before moving to Britain four years ago. Here Rebecca trained in Craniosacral Therapy for two years and joined the professional body, the Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA). Rebecca treats people of all ages, and works at the York Clinic on Saturday mornings.

To book an appointment with Rebecca or Adam, phone York Clinic on 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm, email us at email@yorkclinic.com, or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Further reading:

Craniosacral Therapy Association

Craniosacral Therapy vs Cranial Osteopathy

Craniosacral Therapy research

Cranial Osteopathy research

Craniosacral Therapy for children and babies

The Sutherland Society – The UK Organisation for Cranial Osteopathy