The following is a list of some of the wide range of conditions which may respond favourably to Craniosacral Therapy.
What is involved in a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session?
Craniosacral Therapy Treatment Session
Treatment is generally carried out sitting or lying fully clothed on a treatment table. The practitioner will make contact with their hands using a light, receptive touch.
This touch encourages the body to reveal patterns of experience and holding. These patterns are expressed as subtle motions within the tissues and fluids of the body. The practitioner is able to sense these motions and reflect the movement back to the body is such a subtle way that the body recognises the patterns it holds. Once this recognition occurs, the body is able to re organise the way it works. This can allow deep and lasting transformation to occur. Symptoms can be alleviated, resulting in an increase in physical vitality and wellness.
The Consultation process
Upon arriving at the clinic, the client will be met by the therapist and taken into a clinic room. There are toys and books for children to use during a session. The therapist will take some notes about the client’s reason for visiting, any medical history which may be of help in understanding the case, and a general discussion on how the client is feeling.
The client can then lie on the treatment table, or sit in a chair if lying is not feasible. If the client is a baby, they are often treated while being held by their mum or dad. Young children enjoy having books read to them or playing with toys on the floor while being treated. Clients remain clothed but may be asked to remove their shoes or hair accessories such as hair bands.
The therapist will lightly place their hands on the client’s body. The most common places of contact are the head, back, sacrum (base of spine), shoulders and feet. Other parts of the body are contacted if needed. The therapist will tell the client where they would like to make contact and if this is ok.
The therapist will talk to the client about what they feel in the client’s system. Sometimes this is done throughout the session, and sometimes it is as a discussion at the end of the session. Clients are welcome to close their eyes and focus on their own thoughts and sensation within their body, or just simply relax and enjoy the session.
At the end of the session, the therapist will have a discussion with the client. This may include some self-help suggestions, what to expect after the session and if more sessions are recommended.
The Inner Health Team
Angela qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist in early 2002, gained her Advanced Diploma in 2004 and a further Biodynamic Advanced Diploma in 2010. Angela initially opened her own clinic in Papakura in 2002 where she practiced for a number of years. Angela moved her clinic to Pukekohe in 2011. Areas of interest are mothers and babies, chronic pain conditions and anxieties.
Angela’s background is in medical Biochemistry, Immunology and Childbirth Education. Angela holds a NZCSC in Medical Science. A passion for teaching has seen Angela gaining her Adult Education Certificate, training Medical Laboratory Assistants and teaching Antenatal & Baby courses through Parents’ Centre (Angela is a qualified Childbirth Educator)
As a Senior Tutor with the Body Intelligence Training (U.K), Angela teaches both the Foundation Biodynamic Craniosacral Training seminars and Post Graduate seminars for working with Mother, Babies & Children. She is been lucky enough to teach in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Dubai, France and Israel. Angela’s other involvement with the Body Intelligence Training is through the college’s student clinic, where she offers supervision in a clinic situation for final year students. Angela has many years involvement with the International Accrediting organisation called the Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT) and has been the Secretary, Chairperson and current Treasurer. Angela has also been a member of the South Auckland Hospice bereavement team.
Twenty years ago Ali was searching for a less stressful way of treating her back and neck pain; she discovered Cranial Sacral Therapy. The gentle, non invasive technique and lasting results convinced her that she had found something special.
Ali continued to use CST for both her and her growing family (4 children).
Ali’s third son has high-level special needs: Ferg doesn’t talk and has limited walking ability (with sticks). He proved healthier and stronger than was ever imagined. Ali’s body, however, bore a heavy load as Ferg needed to be lifted and carried. Ali believes her back is stronger now than even before she had children and she credits Cranial Sacral Therapy for this.
Ali’s training at Body Intelligence Training was not solely focused on injury or disease, but also on health. Ali says, “We must acknowledge the good and the difficult, but we should focus on the positive.” She feels privileged to be helping other mothers and those with stress or pain filled lives.
The Importance of Choosing a Registered Therapist
The Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT) is an accrediting body of schools and a registering body for practitioners in Asia and the South Pacific (Australia and New Zealand).
Therapists trained with an accredited school will have completed extensive study, both theoretical and practical, often over a two year period. In-depth Anatomy and Physiology, along with assignments, case studies and teaching clinics are also part of the requirements.
By choosing a Craniosacral Therapist who is registered, the client can be assured that the therapist has met the professional standards of PACT, is bound by the Code of Ethics, and continues to update their knowledge of Craniosacral Therapy as an ongoing requirement for annual registration.
The Villa : 12 Wesley Street, Pukekohe. Ph: 0800 CRANIO (272646)
By Appointment only.
Treatment Times & Costs
Please note the following price increases effective from 01 Jan 2014
Please arrive 5 minutes before your initial appointment to allow time to fill out a case history form. Please advise the therapist if you would like them to do this on your behalf.
All First appointments
(Excluding Pregnancy Pre-labour Check-up)
(60min session- discounted by $10)
Follow up appointments
Adult 50 min follow up sessions- $80
Babies & Children (under 10yrs) 30 min sessions- $45
Pregnancy 45 min check up- $70
Mother & Baby (both treated in a 1hour session)- $90
A $10 discount is available on all 1 hour sessions for Parents Centre Members
Bookings can be made at the The Villa in Pukekohe.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque, internet banking & Eftpos.
Sorry, currently we have no credit card facilities.
The Villa is located at 12 Wesley Street, Pukekohe.
There is plenty of off street parking in a gravel car park along side The Villa.
The Villa is wheelchair and pram accessible.