1. What should I expect during my first visit to a Craniosacral Therapist?
A short history will be taken including what brings you to the session. You will lie fully clothed on the treatment table and I will most likely start by holding your feet. Your system will guide me as to where I need to treat, either staying at the feet, or moving to different parts of your body that require reintegration or support. This is a client-led modality.
Depending on your awareness of your own body, there may be talking throughout, or you may lie in relative silence. You are always welcome to talk, or ask questions and move throughout the session to be as comfortable as possible.
I don’t manipulate, but sometimes you may feel sensations of twitching, shaking, buzzing, rushes, ‘adjustments’ that literally move your body. This is the opportunity for your body to ‘de-frag’ as it wants to, to work optimally.
For a baby or child, the initial session will also be an hour, always in the presence of the parent or parents, who can be included in the treatment if they wish. Follow up sessions are generally allocated 30 minutes.
I make time and space to hear from the parent and child’s perspective, what is going on. So a short history, and birth story will be useful as well as the reason for the session.
Hands-on contact time may vary depending on the needs of each individual baby or child. Often, babies and young children will be treated on their mum or dad’s lap. Toddlers may be worked with sitting beside a parent or, on the floor as they play or are amused by a parent. A favourite book or toy is often useful as long as not too stimulating. School-aged children can make the most of the treatment table.
2. What is Amino Neuro Frequency (ANF) Therapy?
ANF Therapy was designed by Sports Performance Psychologist Mikel HG Hoff, who has a PhD in International Medical Biochemistry. He proposed carbon discs with particular frequencies relating to the cells in the body could work with the neurons and rewire pain pathways.
I have also seen – in both myself and clients – immediate relief from neck and back pain, and while working with lymph, starting to move inflammation at deep levels. We know silent inflammation is underlying all chronic disease.
It works particularly well with BCST, ‘when nothing else helps’.
Unlike BCST, there is some palpation and measurement assessments taken at the beginning and the end of sessions and the discs stay in place 72 hours after the session, to keep supporting the system. This can also be a great ‘transition therapy’ for clients who like a more manual/physio based approach.
There are only 6 therapists in NZ. I am currently the only practitioner in the Lower North Island.
3. What does a session cost?
Sessions are $100 for 60 minutes, including consultation, predominantly practiced at 4/64 Dixon St, Wellington.
With children and babies, (after the initial 60 minute session), follow up treatments are $50 and 30 minutes in duration.
Home visits are $120-40 for Wellington area, ($60 for 30 minute baby follow ups) by negotiation and arrangement.
With ANF, the discs are an additional $6.50 each. How many used will depend on whether we are working locally with a musculo-skeletal area, or systemically (eg with a gut or lymph protocol).
If cost is a factor, please still inquire, as often I can set up a payment plan or we can come to an arrangement.
4. How many sessions do I need?
I believe it is essential to your healing journey, to take the time to build trust in the therapeutic relationship between the therapist, you and your body. Generally, three consecutive treatments are advised to anchor and support the changes that happen in the session but also for integration afterwards.
My work is family-centred, I am available to visit adults or children in the relaxed atmosphere of their own home, or in a hospital/care setting. This can hugely aid recovery.
I also love working with families pre and post-natally. It’s a magical and humbling time, but can also be fraught: everyone involved needs a lot of extra support. Home visits for mum and bub especially soon after delivery, can really be life-changing.
5. How can Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) help my child?
Birth is the biggest transition we will ever make. We are made for this process, but sometimes we need a little help adjusting to life outside of the fluid, fully nurtured environment.
BCST is especially useful in this regard: honouring what is and often helping mother and baby attune to each other more effectively.
Whilst a baby’s body is well designed to meet the requirements of being born, such as soft cranial bones to assist in negotiating the birth canal, a system that switches from being fed from a tube to the gut to through the mouth and of course switching on lung breathing – there is a lot the body has to negotiate, so discomfort or dis-ease may remain within the body. This may show itself, for example, as wind, a difficulty to establish feeding at the breast, a reluctance to lie in a particular position, or distress that interrupts sleeping.
BCST is particularly useful for babies, as it is does not use any manipulation of any kind, and is therefore extremely gentle and safe for their delicate bodies.
BCST in the hands of a PACT registered practitioner is a safe and highly effective way of assisting babies to return to a comfortable, happy and healthy state of being.
6. Why might a baby need Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)?
- Premature birth
- Assisted births
- Caesarean births
- Very long or very short, fast labours
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Unsettled or uncomfortable babies
- Sleep issues
- Head shape irregularity.
Preschool or school age children can also benefit from this gentle and enjoyable therapy.
7. Why might a child need Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)?
- Sleep pattern disturbances
- Digestive system issues
- After an accident or surgery to assist recovery
- Migraines and headaches
- Stress and anxiety management
- Behaviour management
- Ear or eye infections
8. How can Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) help parents?
Having a baby or child’s health improve or recover can be a great relief for a parent! Since the baby relates to its world through the felt sense and primarily through the contact with the mother, they often present with similar patterns to their mother. Treating the mother or parents at the same time as the baby can significantly enhance the babies response to treatment.
Adults have also gone through the birth process and have usually endured a few traumatic experiences, physical or emotional, at some time in their lives. Any imbalances remaining in the body can be improved using BCST.
For women in the child-bearing years, BCST is a lovely way of maintaining comfort and health, avoiding the so-called minor discomforts of pregnancy. It is also a very relaxing and enjoyable way of supporting the return to a non-pregnant state, helping your body to adjust after birth, so you can more easily meet the demands of parenting a newborn.
Fathers can also be supported to adjust to the demands of their new role, as BCST can be a very helpful way to support the management of stress caused by the addition of a baby to the household.
Often what people attribute to ageing is simply your body’s way of saying that some maintenance and support to let go of patterns of tension or pain is required.
9. Do you treat animals with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)?
Yes. I have worked with cats, dogs and horses, but am open to working with all animals.
If your animal is anxious, recovering from an injury or surgery, or perhaps even requires palliative support, I can absolutely come and see you and them. I charge my normal rates.