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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy at Oscailt

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle hands-on therapy which assists the body’s natural capacity for self repair. While being deeply relaxing, it is a subtle and profoundly healing form which helps to increase general physical vitality and well-being.

The therapy addresses the whole being, working on both physical and emotional levels. Patterns of tension, strain and resistance are encouraged to release and heal. A current problem may have its roots in earlier experience, even as far back as birth when the body can undergo significant compression and strain. These may include emotional states like anxiety or depression and physical expressions like back pain, migraine, digestive and respiratory disorders.

The treatment is usually carried out while fully clothed. Usually the client lies on a treatment table and the therapist makes contact with vantage points of the body such as the head and the sacrum at the base of the spine. Then through subtle touch with hands that are trained specifically to feel the motion of the fluids, tissues and bony structures of the body, tensions and strains are facilitated to release and unwind. At times emotional release may also occur.

The client may feel a deep sense of relaxation as well as sensations such as pulsing, heat and tingling. The body sets the pace of the work, so the client remains comfortable and able to integrate the changes which occur.

Origins of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy emerged from discoveries made about the body’s subtle physiology by osteopaths in the USA around 100 years ago. These findings show that all cells in the body express a rhythmic movement known as the Craniosacral rhythm which is fundamental to life.

At the core of the body the cerebrospinal fluid bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord and expresses this motion in a tide-like ebb and flow; the bones, organs and other structures in the body follow this pattern of movement in different ways.

Craniosacral Therapists at Oscailt – Profiles

Aine O'Connor - Depth Psychologist and Craniosacral Therapist, Oscailt, Dublin
Psycho­therapist

Áine O’Connor

Sarah Finlay - Craniosacral Therapist and Reflexologist, Oscailt, Dublin
Cranio­sacral Therapist

Sarah Finlay

Aine O'Connor - Depth Psychologist and Craniosacral Therapist, Oscailt, Dublin

Psycho­therapist

Áine O’Connor

Áine works as a depth psychotherapist since 1992 working to the roots of suffering or anywhere in between including brief intervention work providing clarity and insight. Bearing witness to deep transformation and healing ensures she continues to love her work. Each human life will at times be deeply challenged and she strongly believes in the natural process of being accompanied by someone who will bear witness and provide a safe relational space within which to find the inner ground previously lost. She is also in practice as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist since 1994.

Sarah Finlay - Craniosacral Therapist and Reflexologist, Oscailt, Dublin

Cranio­sacral Therapist

Sarah Finlay

Sarah originally trained with the Upledger Institute of Craniosacral Therapy in 2002 and subsequently qualified in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Body Intelligence in 2012.

She is particularly drawn to the gentle, listening, fluid quality of the biodynamic approach, which encourages a profound rebalancing, relaxation and revitalising of the whole system.

Sarah is also a qualified reflexologist, (Reflexology School of Ireland 1985), and welcomes the possibility of combining both therapies in her work.