This article is written by
SIMON EGERTON

Former Harley Street Hypnotherapist, Counsellor, Craniosacral and Complementary Therapies (including Past Life)

Email: simon@simonegerton.com

Website: www.simonegerton.com

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Craniosacral Therapy - what’s that then?

Former Harley Street practitioner Simon Egerton attempts to unravel this gentle yet profound therapy.  

To be completely honest, most craniosacral therapists falter when somebody asks - So what is this craniosacral therapy thing you do? How do you put into words something that is so subtle and elusive? Yet for many, it has been the basis of profound change (for some physically, others emotionally or even behaviourally). And despite 14 years in practice, it remains something of a mystery. But I will attempt to unravel it a little…  

My first experience was with my eldest son. He was three days old, not feeding, losing weight and constantly distressed. Consequently, so were we! When our equally anxious midwife asked us; Have you heard of craniosacral therapy? We said No, but we’ll try anything!

In those days (more than twenty years ago), I really wasn’t into those wacky holistic or complementary therapies. I was, let’s say, sceptical. Or was I actually cynical? Perhaps I was. In which case I’d have to accept the maxim: A cynic is just a bad tempered romantic. Anyway, we went along to see a kind man called Andrew, who, after listening very carefully as we poured out our concerns, placed his hands gently on our boy’s head. He nodded a little and sort of muttered to himself and I remember tutting internally (I think it was internally), thinking he’s not doing anything and this is a load of bunkum - or words to that effect. Then something changed. Andrew said simply and quietly There we go…  and our little boy stopped crying, opened his eyes wide and then his whole body as his pinched arms fell outwards. I had no idea what had happened - but something had. And subsequently his feeding, weight and moods all grew (exponentially as it turned out over the next twenty years!).

Not every experience of craniosacral therapy is so pronounced. Each individuals system is different. Every session is different. In reality, my son’s treatment made as big a shift in me as him, since it was then that my fascination with this mysterious and beautiful therapy was born, together with my ongoing exploration of alternative approaches to health. Even now, with many years of experience, the process retains a mystery and no practitioner will claim to understand everything that happens in a session. But in some ways that is what makes it so extraordinary. We seem to be orienting to some innate essence within us.

Potted history: Craniosacral therapy had its origins in Osteopathy, becoming known as osteopathy in the cranial field (or cranial osteopathy). As some osteopaths became increasingly fascinated by the extraordinary effects of this gentle, non manipulative approach, it became a study in its own right, as Craniosacral Therapy.

But what actually happens?
At its simplest, the practitioner uses a light touch palpation to locate
sites within the body that feel restricted and, through energetic intention, alleviate them. So far so very new agey! Like Reiki then? No - Craniosacral Therapy is more body and structure focussed. The energy and the healing potential is within. In training, we start with palpation, orienting to a rhythmic movement within fluids most easily sensed within the cerebro-spinal fluid (around the brain and spinal cord - hence the cranium and the sacrum). This means that a craniosacral session is essentially tuning into the central nervous system. The experience for many is to drift into a state of profound relaxation, a half waking/ half sleeping stillness. It is in this state of quiet and stillness that we believe changes can occur. My own experience is a connection somehow with an essence of form, the embryo and the embryonic process. Such a connection is not easily put into words.

There are many anecdotal reports of Craniosacral Therapy helping people resolve deeply held traumatic states, both physically and emotionally. I have found that at its most profound, Craniosacral Therapy can help to orient us towards a state of healing at the level of being. At the very least, it’s an opportunity to relax, destress and find a calmer you!

Simon Egerton is a former Harley Street practitioner, a member of ICRA (the International Cranial Association) and works both online and in the Charentes regions, France. He can be found at www.simonegerton.com  


Ex Harley Street biodynamic craniosacral practitioner Simon Egerton explores new possibilities for this subtle therapy.

Craniosacral Therapy ONLINE….? That’s not possible… is it? Well, from a traditional perspective it seems unlikely I agree. But I have been practicing craniosacral therapy at distance for about 10 years now and, strange as it may seem, I actually ?ind online to be even more effective for many than in person.

The usual model for craniosacral therapy is to lay on a couch while the therapist uses light touch (palpation), placing hands on the body. This is either at the cranium and sacrum to tune into the cerebrospinal ?luid, or at speci?ic sites that draw attention (perhaps because of injury). It is through intention (not direct intervention) that we encourage the body to quieten and enter a stillness. And it is through intention that we offer the possibility of space to resolve sites that hold trauma (physical or emotional). This is an important distinction between craniosacral therapy (especially the biodynamic model) and other body therapies: craniosacral therapy does not seek to manipulate a change, but to ‘offer’ the possibility. It is our experience that the body (and wider energetic system that makes up our self) is more likely to hold onto changes that have been created within rather than imposed without.

Many of course come across craniosacral therapy associated with newborn babies, partly because it is such a gentle and non manipulative approach. But this subtle and, in my experience, profound body therapy can help both physical injury or long held emotional trauma (without necessarily needing to revisit verbally)

It is an increasingly accepted philosophy that we are one energy, connected and that we are not confined or defined by our physical form alone. This seems to be supported in the ever new understandings in quantum theory. Homeopathy is often thought more mainstream than other complementary practices because of the tangibility of the small pills used. But some practitioners also send out the frequency of a remedy (across continents) rather than prescribe a physical dose (which, as all detractors will tell you, contains no discernible molecular trace anyway!). Others will recommend ‘asking’ for a remedy or even writing the name of a remedy on a piece of paper and placing under a glass of water (to potentise it). So far, so wacky! But the essence of all these approaches (including the physical sugar pill) is to connect or ‘tune in’ to the energy of the remedy, based on a belief that when aligned, the energetic frequency of a remedy can effect our body, balance and emotional state.

During craniosacral training it is quite usual to work ‘off’ the body, tuning into the energy that surrounds the physical form that we call the biosphere, whilst learning to perceive the detail within. It takes some time and experience. Practicing from greater distances is merely an extension of this concept. And in my experience, the addition of internet and camera can enhance the connection for both practitioner and client. It is also possible that a client remaining within the familiarity of their surroundings (and the sense of ‘safety’ imbued) can add to a greater receptiveness, especially when dealing with trauma. The negotiation of proximity and touch is always very delicate, especially with some conditions like PTSD and autism, so a more distanced approach potentially allows for greater receptivity and treatment responsiveness.

I should add that this is equally true with animals (which I also treat regularly) , where unfamiliar surroundings (and t ransportation ) can be unhelpful. I am aware of course that such a concept is for many a new step, or even a leap of faith. So I am always happy to offer a sample online session to new clients (or those new to online). Experience is always the most eloquent expression of this elusive but beautiful form of body work.

Simon Egerton works online and in the Charentes regions, France. He trained at the Karuna Institute and is a member of ICRA (The International Cranial Association) as well as the CNHC. More information can be found at www.simonegerton.com or https://www.facebook.com/ therapyinfrance

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