Craniosacral Therapy

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Craniosacral therapy has its origins in osteopathy. The therapy was developed by osteopath, John Upledger, and focuses on regulating the cerebrospinal fluid using therapeutic touch to manipulate the joints in the skull, face, spine and pelvis as well as other parts of the body when necessary.  People most often visit a Craniosacral therapist for  acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges.  Because therapy is so gentle and non-invasive, it is popular with mothers and new babies, as well as the elderly. Mothers often take babies to see a therapist for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births.

Craniosacral Therapy supports the body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build underlying energy.  During or after a session patients tend to feel calm and energised, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well-being and this is believed to be associated with increases in endorphins.

Patient QI View:

Craniosacral therapy is a good complimentary therapy to other mainstream treatments. Craniosacral therapists can make good co-ordinating therapists if their medical knowledge is broad enough.

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Rules Regulations and Associations

Craniosacral therapy



UK The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK
Ireland The Irish Association of Craniosacral Therapists

Spain The Spanish Association of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Netherlands Professional Association Upledger craniosacral therapy

France The French Association of Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Italy Craniosacral Association Italy

Switzerland Swiss Society of Craniosacral Therapy


The American CranioSacral Therapy Association (ACSTA)


Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists



Craniosacral Therapy Association of South Africa

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