The phone rang and it was my dear friend Rowena.  We had trained in craniosacral therapy together at the London College and have always stayed close friends. She was ringing to ask me a favour, she had had a call from a woman who had a 16 year old daughter, Teresa, who was suffering from dreadful migrainous headaches and had heard that craniosacral therapy would be very helpful for her.

The only problem was that Rowena was going away for a fortnights holiday so she had called to ask if I could see Teresa for a couple of sessions while she was away to start the ball rolling and then she would see her after her return from holiday.

Hence Teresa arrived with her mother, and they explained how she had had these dreadful headaches since her orthodontic braces had been fitted, and even after they had been removed 2 years later!

It was such a good call for her to come for craniosacral therapy as it is exceptionally good at helping with just this very situation.

craniosacral therapy purple house forthWhy is this?

It’s because our head and face is a jigsaw, made of many different bones.  The mouth itself is made of the mandible (lower jaw), and maxilla and palatine bones in the upper jaw.  What happens when someone has braces fitted is that the wire and plastic bands move the teeth into a more “perfect”   position, BUT, and it is a big but, it also exerts pressure on the bones of the head, especially those in the upper jaw, and this can have huge ramifications because of the way the bones all interconnect.

To give you a little anatomy and how it can affect someone:-

It can impact the vomer (directly stirring up “baby/child stuff” and hence the emotions; the maxilla/vomer/sphenoid relationship which may cause imbalances in the hormones and hence the emotions,  it can even cause period pains in girls.  (This was also the case with Teresa).  Most frequently the subtle movement of the bones will cause pain somewhere in the body and especially the head.

craniosacral therapy for headachesThe body has its own inherent equilibrium and if we upset that it will come at a cost.

I explained to Teresa and her mother that it would take a few treatments to bring some relief to her situation and duly commenced her first craniosacral treatment.  Her head felt so tight that I worked particularly gently to ease away the distortions and asymmetries which I was perceiving in her craniosacral system, sometimes less is best.

She made an appointment to see me again the following week but after about 4 days they gave me a call to say that 24 hours after the session all of her pain had disappeared!  Wow, I knew how effective craniosacral therapy was but even I had not expected that!  She arrived for her follow up treatment all smiley and happy that she was now pain free.

They were so impressed that Teresa’s father made an appointment to see me for craniosacral as he had a painful TMJ problem ( temporomandibular joint) and he also responded in a miraculous way!

I must admit that such incredibly fast results are not what I would normally expect, improvements are generally at a more steady pace and over the course of a few treatments.  But it was wonderful to be able to help Teresa and her father in such an profound way.

Rowena called me after her return from holiday and laughed good naturedly over her prospective clients return to immediate good health.  She also knew the power of this gentle therapy.

Craniosacral therapy may help with many and diverse health issues including:-

Anxiety, Headaches, Learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Back pain, TMJ pain, Fatigue, Lack of confidence and self esteem, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, Indigestion, Stress, Arthritis, Sciatica, Colic and reflux in babies, Asthma, Allergies, Post traumatic stress disorder, Dizziness

Craniosacral therapy is available at the Purple House, call 6428 3007 to make an appointment.

Until next time, Sarah

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Sarah Anne specialises in:
Cranio-Sacral therapy
Live and Dried Blood Analysis
Aura-Soma Colour System practitioner & teacher
Reiki Master &Teacher
Flower essence


Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on healing technique, whereby therapists gently mobilise and release the craniosacral system, which includes the soft tissue of the head (cranium), the spine down to its tail end (the sacral area) and the pelvis. It focuses on the cerebrospinal fluid, which is produced and absorbed by the body and in particular, the irregularities in the flow of this fluid. The movement of spinal fluid within and around the central nervous system is believed to create a vital body rhythm, equally important to health and well-being as the beating of the heart or the breath.

This therapy may be of benefit in many areas, including hyperactivity, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and stress related problems. It also helps to boost general well-being, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase energy and enhance the functioning of all the body’s organs. It is a non-invasive therapy that works with the entire structure, physiology, mind and spirit. For a treatment, clients usually lay on a massage table and the therapist works through light clothing. It is a very gentle and profoundly relaxing procedure.

30 minutes – $60
60 minutes – $100