Cranial osteopathy is a gentle treatment approach that aims to harness the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Cranial techniques are especially suitable for babies and children, pregnant women and older people as it is such a gentle approach.
It’s about supporting the body so that it can make the necessary changes itself
The same innate intelligence that grows our bodies from a single cell also heals our wounds and sets our immune system in motion when we are unwell. Cranial osteopathy is all about listening to this intelligence and helping it to do its work. As cranial osteopaths learn to listen to the body, they find that it is possible to ‘tune in’ to what any part is doing. In this way, it is possible to get very detailed information about how the body is working and to support it as it works out what it needs to do to work better.
“It does feel weird to be treated in such a non-invasive, gentle and comprehensive way. It’s weird not to feel the manipulation as it happens. But it’s wonderful to realize the problems go away little by little.”
It’s not just for heads
Cranial osteopathy was developed by William Garner Sutherland based on an approach to treatment shown to him by the founder of Osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still. Sutherland’s approach became known as ‘cranial osteopathy’ because he first taught it in the context of treating the bones of the skull but his methods work just as well for any part of the body.