What is Cranial Balancing?

A very gentle and soothing treatment that restores the rhythmic movement of the joints in the head and face. It corrects the co-ordination of muscles and joints in the body, relaxes internal organs, regulates the nervous system and calms emotions. The same technique applied to the pelvis is used to gently align the pelvic joints and benefit the whole spine.

A useful technique to correct imbalances caused by stress, dental work, physical injury and poor posture and is effective in relieving sleeping, digestive and other problems caused by birth trauma in babies. Gentle pelvic alignment applied in this way can relieve the strain caused by pregnancy and labour and aid post natal recovery.

How it works

Our head or cranium is made up of lots of individual bones of irregular shapes that fit together like a 3d jigsaw, forming tiny joints which can be seen on the skull as thin wavy lines. These joints know as sutures have a very minute range of movement that is created by our breath, the cranium expanding when we breathe in and contracting when we breath out. This delicate mechanism acts as a secondary pump to circulate the fluid that surrounds our brain and spinal chord, know as Cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF).

The position and movement of the bones also has a mechanical and reflex effect on the spine and pelvis via fibrous membranes know as the dura and in turn to the rest of the body via the fascia and muscles and pressure, restriction or stimulation to nerves. Any tension or trauma to the cranial or facial bones will will transmit through the whole body via this physical string of membranes and vice versa, damage to your foot will indirectly effect the cranial mechanism.

Gentle support to areas of tension in the cranial bones allows the normal movement to return as the bones rock gently with our breath. This allows homeostasis of any of the body systems that may have been affected by this restriction. Return to balance of the cranio-sacral mechanism has a far reaching effect on a mechanical level, relieving physical tensions, and in turn removing pressure from nerves and blood vessels, helping to restore better flow of blood and fluid and therefore hormones, also improving nerve communication while sedating hyperactive responses to stress.

I tend to incorporate this technique into an overall treatment but it can be booked as an individual treatment and is a good alternative for people who don’t like massage, are afraid of needles or are just very fragile and sensitive but are seeking help for physical strain, emotional, stress related or digestive issues. It is minimal contact with the head and so gentle most people find it deeply meditative or fall asleep and many find it leaves them feeling refreshed, lighter and with improved posture.