Craniosacral Therapy is a restorative practice, grounded in deep listening and attunement. This 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 her/his 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 all our experiences and, sometimes, for a number of reasons our experiences do not get processed and integrated. These unprocessed experiences can become 'stuck' in the body and cause imbalances or blockages on many levels. We can experience this as the build-up of stress and anxiety, the presence of shock and illness or through generally feeling overwhelmed or 'out of kilter'. 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). The CNS is linked to the whole body through a complex web of connections. Craniosacral Therapy can help rebalance the nervous system, ease tensions and restore vitality as you become 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, exploring their birth processes, menopause and digestive difficulties. Deeper though than trauma, dis-ease and stress, exists a state of stillness and ease. Over a number of sessions people often start to sense this within themselves and feel more at peace, aware and engaged with life.
Your body sets the pace for this work as the therapy creates space for you to understand your body's needs, rhythms and cycles.
Because of the sensitive and gentle contact made by the practitioner, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for babies, children, pregnant women (after the first trimester) and for mothers who have recently given birth, or who gave birth some time ago and want explore their experiences of pregnancy and birth. In 2019 I completed post-graduate study with Sarah Nesling in working with babies, mothers and pregnancy.
I initially encountered Craniosacral Therapy in 2002 through Franklyn Sills whilst training at the Karuna Institute as a Core Process Psychotherapist. During this time I began exploring and healing from my pre and perinatal experiences. When these early experiences are left unexplored they can colour and effect the way we form relationships and create unconscious, constricting perceptions about the world.
I later trained as a Craniosacral Therapist with Resonance Trainings in Stroud, 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.
‘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. 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 its 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.
The Craniosacral Therapy Association have produced this video about Craniosacral Therapy