Craniosacral Therapy (CST) FAQs:
Is CST for me?

CST is suitable for everyone and anyone from the very young to the very old and can be used to help treat a wide variety of ailments. It is a complementary therapy and not intended as primary healthcare, but can work alongside the care and treatment given by your doctor. CST practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe medication. If you have any questions about CST, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you.
Is CST suitable for my child?
Craniosacral Therapy can be particularly effective for expectant mothers, newborns and young children, helping mothers and babies through the birth process and beyond. Pregnancy and parenthood can be challenging both physically and emotionally. CST can help with the physical discomforts of pregnancy, reducing morning sickness and helping to prepare you for the demands of labour. Postnatal, CST can help balance hormone levels and restore the uterus to its natural position. Birth is also a physically and emotionally demanding time for a newborn but CST can help to unclench muscles, soothe fussy, fidgety, uncomfortable babies, and aid digestive problems such as reflux, constipation and colic.

Many children’s health issues can be resolved, dramatically improved or managed by Craniosacral Therapy. The conditions treated range from sleep problems, chronic ear infections and arrested development to poor coordination, anxiety and autism, particularly Asperger’s.

Mother and baby are always seen together and you will always be in the room if you bring your child for treatment. If you have any questions about it and how CST can help your child, please contact me to discuss your concerns.
What can I expect when I come to see you?
Firstly, I will listen very carefully to the reasons for your visit while taking notes. Then, you will lay fully clothed on the treatment couch. If you find it difficult to lie flat, you can lie on your side or sit in a chair. Typically, I will then use a number of different gentle touches on your head, the base of your spine or other key areas. You may feel relaxed, warm tingling sensations or you may feel more energised. You may also experience seeing different colours and patterns or have a deeper sense of connecting with yourself and your body.  All of these experiences are normal.  A session generally lasts an hour, though this can vary.
How many sessions are recommended?
You may need more than one or two sessions to fully benefit from Craniosacral Therapy, but this will be discussed with you fully before you commit to any course of treatment.
Can I use CST with other treatments and complementary therapies?
CST works well on its own but also works alongside any other form of therapy, such as acupuncture or homeopathy, and is a perfect complement to talking therapies. If you are receiving medical treatment please let me know but if you have a particular undiagnosed medical concern, I do recommend you consult your doctor.
How do I know you are qualified to practise CST?
You can consult the CSTA, who hold a register of accredited CST practitioners who are in continuing professional development. I am registered and bound by the Association’s Code of Ethics. I am also fully insured to practise CST. Please ask if you would like to see any of my certificates of qualification, membership or insurance prior to treatment.
Where can I find out more about CST?
CST has been subject to numerous studies and more and more is being learned about the practice and its benefits every day.  You can click on the links to some of the information I have found to be helpful and informative below:

 The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK - Home
Welcome to the website of the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the United Kingdom.
‎Practitioner Directory - ‎This is Craniosacral Therapy - ‎Training - ‎The Fulcrum

Contact Details

Theresa Lindsay BSc, MAR, RCST
Birch Therapy Centre
Elms Avenue
CT11 9BW
Telephone: 01843 580 191
Mobile: 07957 666291