Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a restorative practice, grounded in deep listening and attunement.  It is a gentle and sensitive approach that responds to how your body is in the moment. Sessions give space for the changing landscape of your body to tell it’s story without judgement or agenda, and for your underlying vitality to flow with greater ease.

From our earliest moments of life we are impacted by our experiences, both those we find pleasant and nourishing and those we find difficult. All of this is experienced through our body, and sometimes, for a number of reasons our experiences do not get processed and integrated. These unprocessed experiences imprint the body, and can cause imbalances or blockages on many levels of our functioning. We can know the felt-sense of this in the build-up of stress and anxiety, and the presence of shock and illness.  Through sensitive touch and deep listening to your fully clothed body, the cranial practitioner attunes to your whole body through the craniosacral system; the bones, membranes and cerebrospinal fluids that envelop the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system, CNS).  These structures express a continuous rhythmic motion of expansion and contraction, which can be felt in every cell in your body. This is our vitality, our life-force energy tangibly expressing itself. Since the CNS is linked to whole body through a complex web of connective tissue and fascia, it’s healthy functioning and expression is essential. Craniosacral therapy can rebalance the nervous system, eases tensions and creates space for what needs to happen. Your body sets the pace for the work and becomes nourished by the deep wellspring within. 

People come for Craniosacral Therapy for many reasons including; stress, headaches, major or minor illness, weakened immune and nervous systems, injury, life transitions, digestive difficulties.  Deeper though than trauma, dis-ease and stress lies a state of stillness and ease.  Over a number of session people often sense this within themselves and gain greater access to this in daily life.

All life is in movement, and our body as an expression of nature, moves in rhythms, currents and cycles. Some of these movements are explicit; we know when we feel tired, hungry, energised or unwell.  Many of the body’s movements are more subtle and only felt when we listen deeply or become still and pay heartful attention. This is not unlike when we approach a river.  At first we may notice the surface of the water, its direction of flow and any rocks or branches travelling within it. If we stay a little longer we may start to notice the movement of different currents beneath the surface, and how the banks of the river shape the way the water moves, and how the movement of the water also shapes the earth of the riverbanks.

And so it is with Craniosacral Therapy.  As a practitioner I listen deeply through my hands and other senses to the constant expression of energy patterns and currents of your body,  and the underlying ocean of stillness.

I initially encountered Craniosacral Therapy in 2002 through Franklyn Sills whilst training at the Karuna Institute as a Core Process Psychotherapist.  I later trained as a craniosacral therapist with Resonance Trainings, and have received many hours of cranial as a client to support and restore me through phases of change in my life and recovery from surgery.

What people say

‘With her calm, strong, reassuring presence Ally invites my body to express the self-healing it inherently knows how to do.  The cranial sessions have been a precious gift that have opened a door to being with my body in this amazing journey of life.  Prior to receiving cranial I was doing everything trying to find ‘me’, now I am doing life as me!’  Marie-Clare

'I have been lucky enough to work with Ally during my first pregnancy. Although I'm reasonably fit and healthy I believe the regular sessions with Ally gave me precious quiet time to acknowledge my ever flexing and changing body and to invoke a still slow time which has been deeply restful and restorative.  Ally's deep love and respect for the Earth has infused our work together. From the flowers in her practice room to the seasonal metaphors and analogies she weaves into our sessions. I have loved working with Ally because she is at once deeply respectful and luminously playful; Strong and soft; kind and curious; and because she listens attentively both to what I say, and to what my body speaks. As she listens, I too learn to listen in deeper ways to the wisdom of my body and it's ever-changing weather patterns. I can't imagine working with a more generous and soulful practitioner. Thank you Ally the journey thus far has been a real anchor to me.'  Raphy.

‘As soon as I enter the venue for a treatment I feel calmer. I like the subtlety of Ally's approach in the safe environment she offers.  I am gradually learning to slow down and be more tender and aware of my body. I appreciate her fastidious attention to detail and her non-judgemental approach.’  Dianah.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

The Craniosacral Therapy Association have produced this video about Craniosacral Therapy.