Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. It is a non-mechanical, non-manipulative treatment. It is a subtle and profound form of healing which works with the whole person and promotes the body's natural capacity for self-repair.
The work can help and address:
- Jaw problems
- Back problems
- Stress and anxiety
- Physical aches and pains
- Acute and chronic illness
- Emotional and psychological disturbances
- Develop wellbeing, health and vitality
When, for example, the body has had to cope with shock, long-term stress or illness, the natural state that promotes healing can become compromised. It is precisely this natural tendency which this holistic therapy helps restore; not only physically but emotionally and spiritually.
Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. It is particularly suitable for people in fragile or acutely painful conditions.
During a session:
- Your practitioner will take a written case history, listening to the reasons for your visit
- You remain clothed and will usually lie face up, on your side or you may be seated
- The practitioner makes light contact with you head, the base of your spine and other areas.
- As your body functions as a whole, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur
- Sessions typically last one hour
Craniosacral Therapy for babies
Craniosacral therapy offers profoundly effective support for babies and infants. It can soothe and help resolve difficulties a baby might be having with feeding, digestive problems such as colic and sleeping difficulties. Craniosacral work is particularly helpful where there has been a difficult birth. It can also assist with the bonding process between mother and baby. Babies are known to respond very quickly to craniosacral treatments and can often only need one or two sessions to restore them to their optimum health. The parent or primary carer is present throughout the session and often holds the baby while the practitioner uses very gentle work. The treatment is done without removing nappies.
- Treatment continues after you leave treatment room.
- There is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process where you may become more aware of symptoms
- As the treatment continues after you leave the treatment room it is advisable to spend some time relaxing
- For long-standing problems further sessions may be needed
Craniosacral Practitioner - Marina Collard
Marina Collard B.C.S.T. I.A.B.T. registered member of C.S.T.A.
Marina Collard is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist with a practice at Trinity Laban Health Clinic and in Oxford. Alongside her clinic work, Marina continues to work as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.
Now in her fourth year of practice, Marina is currently an assistant on the 'Body Intelligence' Biodynamic Craniosacral Training in London. Marina has also been leading a movement research group with cranio-sacral therapists and dance artists, incorporating her two passions.
Last autumn Marina was invited by Independent Dance to lead a workshop for dancers and body workers. The aim of this workshop was to introduce some of the fundamental principles of cranio-sacral work and explore how these could support the body in movement for dancers and non dancers. Since then Marina has been involved in co-teaching a postgraduate course for cranio-sacral therapists.
Marina's treatment approach is informed by her career in dance and her own experience of receiving a wide range of treatments throughout that time. Marina enjoys working both as a dance artist and therapist as she finds that each of those practices inform one another and enrich, as well as deepen, her curiosity about the body.