What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle form of osteopathic treatment. It can be used to treat people of all ages, and is particularly suited to treating babies and children.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a subtle, whole-body motion that is present within all tissues. This subtle movement is called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), or cranial mechanism.
The emphasis of a cranial osteopathic treatment is on the whole body. We consider that optimal health will occur when the whole body is in balance and functioning as one unit.
Throughout life we experience a range of stresses, including physical, traumatic, emotional and nutritional stress. Although your body works hard to resolve such stress, a lasting strain pattern often remains. As the layers of strain accumulate throughout life, they may begin to disrupt the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), reducing the flexibility of all tissues in the body, affecting your ability to adapt to further stresses and predisposing you to injury.
A cranial osteopath is trained to diagnose any strains that are preventing the expression of optimal health. They will gently help your body’s natural self-healing mechanism to release any unwelcome strains, enabling a state of health and balance to be restored. This process can be deeply relaxing and we encourage our patients to take this opportunity to rest and unwind during treatment.