Craniosacral Therapy is very gentle but deeply healing. It is not a form of massage and there is no direct manipulation. The therapist uses a very light touch to listen deeply to the clients system in a similar way to a counsellor listening to a clients words. This promotes feelings of deep relaxation, stillness and acceptance which help the body, mind and spirit to re-balance themselves. The therapist acts as an anchor point and fulcrum around which the accumulation of held patterns and tensions in the body can begin to be released. Craniosacral Therapy acknowledges the connections between mind, body and emotions and aims to integrate these through a place of deep stillness.
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
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.
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.
Examples of conditions that clients may come with:
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.
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.
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.
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 in Central Hereford
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.