I have been working with Craniosacral Therapy (CST) since 1999, and I have found it to be effective in supporting health, promoting healing, and for developing our awareness. It can also provide us with a deeper understanding of ourselves, and our relationships.
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on theraputic approach for the whole body, with a particular focus on the spine, neck and head. Through a number of gentle hand placements, the CST therapist - working in conjunction with the body's own subtle tissue movement - helps the body to release aches, pains and stiffness, and to come back into better structural alignment. As well as providing physical relief for pain and discomfort, CST also helps to reduce stress, to promote relaxation and to leave us feeling less out of sorts. CST can also connect us with the deeper, more creative, peaceful part of ourselves, and the benefits that this brings.
Our bodies need to tell their stories. They communicate our thoughts and feelings through posture, and in the way in which they hold tension and stress. When this non-verbal communication doesn't get listened to, our bodies start to grumble and create more tightness and pain. However if we do pay attention to these messages, and use CST to translate and respond to them, we can feel unburdened and a whole lot better. CST uses what many describe as “listening hands”. The therapist uses intuitive awareness and a number of other therapeutic skills, in order to work with the body and create an effective approach to healing. CST sessions are often mediative in nature, which can help our nervous system to relax and our minds to unwind.
As well as for adults, CST is known to be a successful treatment for babies and young children, for conditions such as colic, reflux, and problems sleeping. Many people bring their little ones for treatment after a difficult birth. Mum often benefits from a treatment in these circumstances too.
Sessions are carried out with you lying clothed on a comfortable massage table and typically last an hour to an hour and a half.
Training, qualifications & experience
Craniosacral Therapy forms part of my holistic healthcare practice, Stoneriver Therapy, which I founded in 2006 when I returned to the UK after six years living, studying and working in California. I ran a busy practice in central London for ten years, until May 2016 when I returned to my native Scotland with my wife. Whilst in the United States, I qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist with the Milne Institute, and also as a Chiropractor. In the UK I am registered with the Craniosacral Therapy Association and have also worked for them in variety of roles, most recently as a member of their Council.
I've been inspired by my own experience of Craniosacral Therapy, which was significant in enabling me to heal from a bad back which had bothered me for many years, and because I came to understand it was hugely beneficial in helping others with their health and well being. This has been the case with the other approaches I have studied too - my decisions have always been based on my own experience as a client, and on recognising the benefits others have gained.
Having always had a natural spiritual inclination, I have travelled, studied and worked extensively with Native American, Shamanic, Tibetan and Buddhist teachers, healers and practitioner, and bring this to my work. One of the most inspiring experiences I've had was to spend 3 months living with a native community at Indian Canyon in California, where I came to understand and honour my gifts as a healer. Sadly ancient wisdom has largely been lost in the West, yet so much can be gained from it and I have thrived as a result of my indigenous experiences. They inform how I live my life on a day to day basis, and have enabled me to help many people live more purposeful and fulfilled lives. I have never felt limited to a particular belief or philosophical system. Instead I have developed my own unique way of working, based upon a common ground of values and ethics, a reverence for all life, nature, and what I call the great mystery - basically the consideration that we are part of something so much bigger than most of us understand.
My experiences have led me to believe that our tendency to divide ourselves, and our healing, into separate parts is not helpful. We often think of our minds, emotions, bodies, souls and spirits as separate - when in fact they are fully interconnected and should be respected as such and treated holistically. As well as inspiring my work as a Craniosacral Therapist, this belief led me to train more recently in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling. As part of my training I spent three years working at St Joseph's Hospice in East London, and am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Consequently I bring these skills to my work too.
All of this has enabled me to evolve Stoneriver Therapy into what it is today - a holistic healthcare practice, offering a unique and dynamic approach to health and wellbeing which integrates thoughts, feelings, body and soul.
Lastly, I recognise the importance of physical health and of living an embodied active life. I particularly enjoy and draw inspiration from time spent in nature, here in East Lothian, around Scotland and further afield too - often with our lovely dogs.
I charge £50 for a one hour session, and £70 for an hour and half. I also offer 2 CST sessions a week at £35 for those in need.