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Frequently-Asked Questions (3)

How do I know if a practitioner is qualified?

The Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA) publishes a register (updated yearly) of members who have qualified from one of its accredited schools and are involved in continuing professional training. Registered members are entitled to use the initials RCST after their names. The best form of recommendation is often word-of-mouth. If in any doubt, you can check by visiting the CSTA register of qualified practitioners, or by contacting the Registrar at The Craniosacral Therapy Association, Monomark House, 27 Old Gloucester Street, LONDON, WC1N 3XX

I'm interested but sceptical - do I have to believe in it for it to work?

It helps to have an open mind, but the benefits of craniosacral therapy are not dependent upon faith in the treatment.

What is the difference between Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy?

Craniosacral therapists study cranial work exclusively. Most craniosacral therapy courses last two years. Cranial osteopaths train initially in osteopathy, a more mechanical approach, and then do postgraduate training in cranial work of variable length.

Craniosacral work tends to be integrated with psychotherapeutic understanding, theory and practice. There is a variable amount of overlap between individual approaches in the two professions. To get a fuller picture, talk to a practitioner to find if their attitude and approach is suitable for your needs.

How would you sum up the effects of craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral therapy improves people's quality of life in general as well as helping with specific problems. It can help you recover from the results of accidents, falls and strains as well as diseases. Psychological and traumatic conditions can also be helped. Cranial work can reduce stress and improve the functioning of the immune system.

Reprinted from guidance previously available from the CSTA website © Mij Ferrett

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