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Dorothy Bradley

28 - May - 2015

Dorothy Bradley provides a full range of complementary therapy in Preston.



Craniosacral Therapy Association

Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

It is a hands on therapy. For treatment, you will usually lie on a treatment couch and experience the very light touch of the therapists hands. You may feel a deep sense of relaxation, and possibly become aware of heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations.

This extremely gentle therapy uses no manipulation. The therapist listens, via her hands, to what is going on in your body, and in this way both identifies and relieves pains or tensions held in the body.

Craniosacral Therapy is client-led. Your body will set the pace of work, so you will remain comfortable, in control and able to integrate the changes that occur.

Since it is your body (rather than your mind) that sets the priorities, you may find that the reason you came for treatment is not what changes first. Also, some people find that it can take a few sessions to get used to what they are feeling. For these reasons, you may need to consider having a series of treatments to gain the full benefit of Craniosacral Therapy and its cumulative effects.

Craniosacral Therapy is becoming much better known these days. It is based on a number of findings about the bodys subtle physiology, which were made by osteopaths in the USA nearly a hundred years ago.

These finding show that every cell in a healthy body expresses a rhythmic movement, which is fundamental to life - and which has been called craniosacral motion.

At the core of the body the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord, expresses this motion in a tide-like ebb and flow, while bones, organs and other structures in the body each follow their own particular pattern of movement. This motion is so subtle that it is barely measurable with instruments, but the hands of a trained therapist are able to perceive it.

As the implications of these finding were realised, during the first thirty years or so of the last century, Craniosacral Therapy gradually developed. Since then the therapy has been refined and further developed into the subtle, deep healing process which is available today.

How does Craniosacral Therapy work?

In response to physical knocks or emotional stress, the bodys tissues contract. Sometimes, particularly when the shock is severe or occurs within an emotional situation, the tissues stay contracted.

Any stresses, strains, tensions or traumas which have been stored in the body in this way will restrict the bodys functioning and may give rise to problems over the years. The effects may be both physical (such as back pain, migraine or digestive disorders) and emotional (such as anxiety or depression).

Restrictions in the bodys functioning show up in the way that craniosacral motion is expressed. Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel this subtle motion in the body, and can use it to identify areas where there is congestion or restriction. In this way they can identify the possible origin of a problem.

Then, using the hands to reflect back to the body the pattern it is holding, the therapist provides an opportunity for the body to let go of its restrictive pattern and return to an easier mode of functioning.

This happens at a deep, unconscious level within the body, but it occurs in the same way as we might take other, more conscious decisions. For example, if someone holds a mirror in front of you when you are frowning, you suddenly become aware of your expression and may well choose to relax your eyebrows. As well as releasing the bodys tensions, this frees the energy which the body was previously using to hold itself in contraction. So one of the benefits of the therapy is an increase in the level of energy available.

Can Craniosacral Therapy help me?

Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle that it is safe and suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, and also in fragile or acutely painful conditions.

Indeed, it is often appropriate when other therapies may be unsafe, such as during pregnancy, after an operation, accident, fall or injury, and for young babies. As a whole body therapy, Craniosacral Therapy may aid people with almost any condition, by raising the vitality and enabling the bodys own self-healing processes to be utilised.

But you dont have to be ill or have any particular symptoms to benefit form Craniosacral Therapy. The alleviation of lifes stresses, and the increased sense of vitality and well-being that Craniosacral Therapy can bring are welcome to most of us at any time.

Craniosacral Therapy for Babies

One of the joys of treating babies is that they tend to respond so well to treatment, and more quickly than adults. Many infant problems, like colic, sucking problems, breathing difficulties, restlessness and irritability, and torticollis(wry neck) may result form craniosacral imbalances or trauma caused during the birth process. Treatment of young infants may help to relieve such problems.

Young babies may be cuddled and fed during treatment and older babies can play with their parents and the therapist.

Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.



What is Kinesiology?

The word Kinesiology comes from the Greek word kinesis, which means motion. In the medical sciences it is the name given to the study of muscles and the movement of the body. Applied Kinesiology is a therapy that originates from acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy and Chinese medicine. It was invented in 1964 by an American chiropractor Dr George Goodheart and was the trademark name he gave to the system of applying muscle testing diagnostically and therapeutically to different aspects of health care.

Kinesiology assesses you on every level, mentally, structurally, chemically(nutritionally) and on an energy level. It is a truly wholistic therapy. For someone to be truly healthy all four systems need to be functioning well and in harmony with each other.

Muscle testing combined with other Kinesiology techniques enables the practitioner to find out which of the systems is out of balance and can identify factors which may be contributing to such imbalances. Restoring this balance can have profound positive affects on peoples lives.

Kinesiology is suitable for adults as well as children including babies.

What are the benefits of Kinesiology?

The screening and assessment techniques are good at identifying the possible causes of problems and can be very helpful useful in pin pointing the sources of general unwellness and fatigue. Kinesiology allows the body to reveal precisely where the problem is and exactly what the body needs in order to be healed, so that the problems are corrected at source and are often permanent.

Kinesiology is also ideal for preventative health care.

In more serious conditions Kinesiology enables people to function as well as possible under the circumstances and supports the individual to better health.

Some conditions where people have found Kinesiology helpful, include Allergies, including food sensitive testing, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), migraine/headaches, digestive problems/constipation, weight loss/control, self esteem/confidence, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, fibromyalgia, panic attacks/anxiety, sleep problems, stress related conditions, learning difficulties/dyslexia, co-ordination.

Kinesiology does not just focus on specific symptoms. Its tests for and corrects imbalances throughout the whole mind and body system. Kinesiology is a powerful yet gentle holistic therapy which assesses an individual on every level.

Applied Kinesiology involves using muscles to test with other Kinesiology techniques, which enables the Practitioner to identify systems which are out of balance and also certain factors which maybe contributing to certain imbalance's. Most muscles tests are carried out whilst the client is lying down on a treatment couch, remaining fully clothed. Muscle testing is a painless procedure involving the practitioner applying gentle pressure to specific parts of the body, often an arm or leg to test the response of the underlying muscle.

Imbalances are corrected during the treatment. Correction techniques include holding or massaging acupuncture points and neuro-lymphatic reflexes, sometimes these points can be tender, holding or massaging neuro- vascular reflexes. Nutritional support with regards to supplements and dietary changes, especially following food testing, exercise, and simple techniques for reducing stress, which may also include Bach Flower Remedies.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments required depends upon the condition being treated. If an individual has a health problem for many years it may take longer than someone who has had a condition develop fairly recently. Clients are usually advised to attend once a week for 3-4 weeks then at less frequent intervals as the symptoms disappear and improve. It is possible to expect a noticeable improvement by at least the third session.

Are there any after effects?

Following a treatment it is advised that you drink at least 5 glasses of still water each day.

Responses to Kinesiology may be experienced and can include feeling tired or sleepy, headaches, flu type symptoms, emotional releases. These are all positive signs that the healing process is taking place. The healing response usually clear after a few days.

The best thing to do is rest or sleep and listen to your body.

Continue with exercise.

Do not alter any medication that has been prescribed for you by your Doctor.

Kinesiology is not intended as a substitute for medical advise or treatment but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.


Usui and Karuna Reiki®

Reiki is the Ancient Tibetan Art of Healing by touch. It was re-discovered in the late 19th Century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese theologian. The word Reiki (pronounced 'ray-key') means 'Universal Life Force Energy', and it is this vital force energy that flows around and throughout all living things.

This safe and natural healing therapy involves a simple light touch technique applied through clothing. Reiki energy is drawn through the healer's body from the source of Universal Energy, and is channelled through her hands to the recipient.

The person being treated usually experiences a feeling of warmth and deep relaxation as the energy directs itself naturally to wherever it is needed the most. It works to re-balance the body's Chakra system, circulating goodness and peacefulness throughout the entire being, whilst gently releasing energy blocks that can cause tension and illness.

Reiki supports and complements other medical and natural healing techniques. It benefits every kind of physical and emotional problem, revitalising and refreshing mind, body and soul.




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