Appointments
To book appointments please contact either:

Jo Harris
07753 314464

Caroline Barrow
07958 993007

We are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at:

Axbridge Studio
Jubilee Farm
Jubilee Road
Axbridge
Somerset
BS26 2DA

Evening appointments & home visits can be arranged with notice.

Costs
45 per session
25 babies and children
50 Home visits
70 multiple hands

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We look forward to seeing you!

CranioSacral Therapy

What is it?

CranioSacral therapy is a subtle, gentle and often very profound way of listening to your body and assisting it to do what it needs to do to heal.

Much of the approach used was developed by Dr Jon Upledger, originally from osteopathic traditions. It works with a subtle rhythmic movement that originates from the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The gentle tension from the movement of this fluid affects the membranes (the ‘meninges’) that line the skull and spinal column. This rhythm reflects throughout the body and can be picked up by a practitioners hands placed only lightly on the body. Anomalies in the rhythm help us assess and show us areas where there may be restrictions and problems.

A number of people have contributed to the development of the field and all have a few observations in common: that there are rhythms in the body different from the breathing or cardiovascular rhythms; that problems in different parts of the body can be picked up from noticing disruptions in the rhythmic patterns; that symptoms can be experienced in different parts of the body from the key restriction; and that these restrictions can be treated best by allowing the body to do what it needs to do – it knows best!

That said, there are some wonderful techniques that have been developed to address specific problems. They are always very gentle, respectful, usually quite subtle, and frequently bring very noticeable results. The re-alignment of fascia, soft tissue, bones and even the energetic matrix of the body improves many aspects of our bodies and health.

“The particles that make up energy are the same that make up matter and they are constantly flowing back and forth”
John Upledger

What is SER? SomatoEmotional Release

SER, or SomatoEmotional Release, is an additional aspect of the Upledger therapeutic approach that recognises the existence and importance of the mind-body connection. When there is an emotional or energetic component to a problem, perhaps suppressing the ability of body tissues to release and let go, gentle and unobtrusive dialogue and communication with the mind and body can help release the trauma, energy or emotional blocks and allow the body to return to improved or full function.

When may you benefit from ‘Multiple Hands’?

Sometimes when there has perhaps been a greater trauma to the body or a patient could use some extra support to kick-start their healing process, there can be great benefit in having more than one practitioner work on you at the same time. We call this ‘multiple hands’. Jo and Caroline are both experienced in working in this way and love working together.

Why we love it

We find CranioSacral work anatomically precise and specific while also incorporating the emotional, energetic and spiritual parts of us all. It is a very all-encompassing approach to bodywork treatment and we have found it to be very helpful for both ourselves and many, many clients.

Case Examples

Joe, 54, came because he was having trouble with his vision. He had seen doctors, consultants and even had an MRI scan. They could find nothing wrong. Checking his cranial bones the motion of the sphenoid, right in the centre and close to the optic chiasm - part of the nerve going to the eyes - seemed very awry in its movement pattern and thus affect on other bones and the nerve. We worked over 3 sessions to straighten it up, incorporating a few other tissues too, after which he said his vision had returned to normal.   Janie, 24, had been to her doctor complaining of funny lumps in the side of her neck that really irritated her, not because they were painful per se but she could always feel them. There were a lot of fascial pulls in the area around the temporal bones, the fascia in the neck and on to the chest. As we worked to release them by the end of the session she could no longer locate them. I suggested she came back if they reappeared but so far have not heard form her!