Craniosacral Therapy in Hereford

Reconnect to Health

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

A gentle listening touch - like a feather
No massage or manipulation

Craniosacral Therapy is very gentle but deeply healing. It is not a form of massage and there is no direct manipulation. I will use a very light touch to listen deeply to your system in a similar way to a counsellor listening to a client’s words. This promotes feelings of deep relaxation and acceptance which help your body, mind and spirit to re-balance. My job is to act as an anchor point; a fulcrum around which the accumulation of held patterns and tensions in the body can begin to be released. I trust the natural intelligence of the life force within you and work with it through a place of stillness to bring healing to the mind, body and emotions.

Quote from a client: "My body felt much freer and lighter and I felt so peaceful and more comfortable in my own skin after yesterday's lovely Craniosacral Therapy treatment with Mike. I would recommend this gentle non invasive treatment to everybody. As Mike worked, I was fascinated to experience my body's physical reactions to energy blockages/ trauma bubbling up and gently dissipating. I slept deeply and peacefully for a full 8+ hours straight last night. Didn't wake once. First time in weeks! Many thanks!" Rebecca

About the therapist

A journey towards well-being

My name is Mike Hadden. I was drawn to study Craniosacral Therapy by my own experience of its effects. It gave me a sense of embodied well-being; I felt restored and reconnected to the deeper levels of myself; more fully alive. I liked the gentle meditative approach of the therapy and the combination of centering practice and body awareness involved in the work. I trained with the Institute of Craniosacral Studies and graduated in 2006. Before that I worked as a teacher. I am also a keen guitarist and enjoy singing. I live in Hereford with my wife and daughter.

Who can benefit?

Safe and suitable for many conditions
- from bad backs to helping resolve trauma

People come for Craniosacral Therapy for many different reasons. Sometimes they have particular physical problems such as headaches, joint problems or bad backs or they may have a long standing illness or emotional difficulties, others simply find that it supports them in their lives by helping to reduce stress and bringing greater energy, clarity and well-being.
Craniosacral Therapy aims to treat the whole person rather than any specific condition but in the experience of therapists may aid people with a wide variety of conditions by raising vitality and enabling the body’s own self-healing process.
It can also work well as a complement to psychotherapy and counselling where support is needed in processing trauma or emotional issues.

Because of its gentle approach Craniosacral Therapy is safe and suitable for people of all ages and also in fragile or painful conditions.
At the present time there is no body of research that is able to scientifically establish the efficacy of Craniosacral therapy for particular conditions. However the following list is offered to illustrate the conditions that clients often come with and which craniosacral therapists find it can be effective for.

You can read more at Craniosacral Therapy Information

Examples of conditions that clients may come with:

  1. • Allergies
  2. • Asthma
  3. • Autism
  4. • Back pain
  5. • Birth trauma
  6. • Bone/joint disorders
  7. • Breathing disorders
  8. • Bronchitis
  9. • Cerebral palsy
  10. • Chronic fatigue
  11. • Depression
  12. • Digestive problems
  13. • Drug withdrawal
  14. • Emotional problems
  15. • Exhaustion
  16. • Headaches & migraines
  17. • Hormonal imbalances
  18. • Hyperactivity
  19. • Impotence
  20. • Infertility
  21. • Insomnia
  22. • Learning difficulties
  23. • ME
  24. • Menstrual pain
  25. • Muscular aches/sprains
  26. • Nervous disorders
  27. • Post dental trauma
  28. • Rheumatism
  29. • Sciatica
  30. • Sinusitis
  31. • Spinal curvatures
  32. • Stroke
  33. • TMJ/jaw disorders
  34. • Trigeminal neuralgia
  35. • Visual disturbances

What is a session like?

Releasing held patterns and building potency.

Before we start, I will take your case history and ask you questions about any specific ailments which are bothering you. You will then be asked to lie down, fully clothed, with your shoes off. I will start giving craniosacral therapy by making very light contacts on different parts of your body such as the head, feet, sacrum etc. My hands may move subtly as I listen and respond to restrictions or patterns I sense within you.

Craniosacral therapy is different for everyone. You may feel a deep sense of relaxation, and possibly become aware of heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations. Sometimes people may experience momentary pain as held patterns are released. When this settles the net result is one of feeling better. People often feel as if things are reorganising inside them or as if a weight has been lifted from their shoulders. There is often a sense of greater potency in the system and of being restored to our true selves. In poetic terms we could say the sap rises and the tree blossoms again.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you might need can vary a lot depending on your condition. Some problems can resolve very quickly in a few sessions others may require more long term support.

Historical Background

An evolving therapy

Craniosacral Therapy has developed from the work of William Garner Sutherland an American Osteopath (1873-1954) who discovered and studied subtle rhythmic movements in the craniosacral system. His work was developed further by some of his pupils and their pupils in turn. John Upledger first used the term ‘Craniosacral Therapy’ and taught it to non-Osteopaths in the 1970’s. In the UK Thomas Atlee and Franklin Sills have been prominent in teaching and developing Craniosacral Therapy since the 1980’s. Craniosacral Therapy continues to evolve and incorporate compatible approaches from other fields such as trauma resolution therapy, giving the work a broad holistic base.

Getting in Touch

You can contact me by email, phone or by using the enquiry form.

Please get in touch if you would like to book an appointment or if you have other questions. I will be happy to discuss them with you.
You might also like to look at the website of the Craniosacral Therapy Association at


Tel: 01981 500764

Enquiry Form


Appointments usually last for one hour.
During the first session we will spend some time discussing your needs and I will take a case history.

Sessions can take place at my home in Tyberton near Madley
For directions see the map.
I will give the address and more detailed information when you book.

Or at the Hereford Centre for Natural Health which is near the Belmont Community Centre.

Home visits are also possible by arrangement.