Cranio sacral therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy using light touch to help achieve physical and mental balance, and support the body’s own ability to self-heal. 

Craniosacral therapy works with the subtle rhythm in the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the central nervous system. This cranial rhythm is linked with mental and emotional health, and any restrictions can hinder the body’s natural capacity to self-heal. 

Disturbances in the cranial rhythm and flow of cerebrospinal fluid may reflect injury and tension in the body. 

What to expect

Remaining fully-clothed, you will lie or sit on a therapy couch during the treatment. Your therapist will gently place their hands on your body, using a light touch to tune into the subtle rhythmic motions.

Your therapist will evaluate whether there are any imbalances present within your body and seek to identify any factors that may be restricting the cranial rhythm. They will then use a range of non-invasive techniques to help you relax and release inhibitions, encouraging self-healing and well-being.

Benefits of craniosacral therapy

Craniosacral therapy helps you to relax, restoring balance in the mind and body, which in turn, helps the body’s self-healing capabilities to function more effectively in order to maintain good health. If you have experienced physical or emotional trauma, craniosacral therapy can help release the trauma that has been locked into the tissues, releasing any restriction to the body’s functioning, which may otherwise lead to further health problems.

To read more about the potential benefits craniosacral therapy has to offer as a form of complementary therapies

Craniosacral therapy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.

Choosing a therapist

It is important to choose a qualified craniosacral therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this technique.

In order for a qualification to be accepted for FHT membership and to the FHT Therapist Register, it must meet the following criteria:


Skills for Health National Occupational Standards:

  • CNH1 Explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare
  • CNH2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
  • CNH6 Provide Cranial Therapies to clients

Core Curriculum

All qualifications related to the FHT’s Register modalities must be reviewed by the FHT Education Panel. The qualification is reviewed by an expert in that particular therapy prior to the registrant being accepted to the FHT Therapist Register.

Training Required

Practical led and observed training to Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Level 3 equivalent or above. This will ensure the course is mapped to the above standards.

By choosing a craniosacral therapist who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our FHT Therapist Register, as craniosacral therapy is considered a form of complementary healthcare.

To check that an FHT member is on the FHT Therapist Register

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