Open For Business!

Open For Business!

I pride myself in running a most ethical and professional practice and am bound by the CSTA, their team of lawyers and the guidelines that they provide to members, which of course is in strict accordance with government guidelines.

Following publication of the new lockdown legislation for England, and as a member of the CSTA (which is a verifying organisation for the CNHC) and a Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner, I am pleased to confirm that I have been given permission to continue to practise, in short where the benefits of the session outweigh the risk of transmission of the virus. Your safety is my number one priority and I will ensure that we are within the guidelines before you book and if need be, we will wait.

Safety is my number one priority as it is yours I’m sure. Covid secure measures are in place of course…..I am now having regular asymstomatic tests to give you extra peace of mind.

Please do not suffer in silence, we are facing a tsunami of mental health problems this year and CST can be of enormous help so please don’t wait, get in touch.

Sarah – 07956 390419

Open for business and Covid secure

Open for business and Covid secure

As Craniosacral Therapy has been placed under ‘medical and health services including mental health services, I am open and seeing both new clients and ones who are in maintenance.

We are all needing to look after ourselves now more than ever, boy has this year been challenging! So please don’t wait, get in touch – help is just a phone call away!

The clinics are Covid secure – all government guidelines are taken very seriously in order to keep everyone safe. There is a ‘Consent to Treatment’ form which you and I will both sign at your first appointment, as we agree to follow those guidelines (link here) – please read in advance of your appointment. You will be asked to wash your hands on arrival and I will take your temperature. I will be wearing a visor and a mask and there is now a requirement for you wear a face covering if you are able.

Really looking forward to seeing everyone!

Help with anxiety and stress

Help with anxiety and stress

Here at Cranio Kent, we are acutely aware that OUR SERVICES ARE NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER!

I am desperately sad that because of COVID-19, many of you are having to suspend your hands-on therapy sessions for the time being. Especially knowing what important work was taking place, so many people making leaps and bounds towards where they wanted to be, not to mention those clients who rely on their maintenance sessions in order to manage pain and keep well mentally.

In addition to all of this, the current situation is challenging for everyone’s mental health and many of us need to put additional support in place right now.

I am a VERY EXPERIENCED AND WELL RESPECTED TRAUMA THERAPIST and I although I am primarily a body worker, I do have psychotherapy training and many of my clients swear by the talking therapy which I have always provided as a key part of their session.

Therefore, I have put together a PLAN OF ACTION! This is for existing clients, those in acute need, those who need ongoing support and even those who’ve never had therapy before (adults and children aged 8 and above).

I am offering UNIQUE THERAPY SESSIONS ONLINE and BY PHONE (first appointments Wednesday). I will be using a combination of specialist techniques according to the needs of you as an individual e.g. guided relaxation, talking therapy, grounding and helping you to tune in to your physiology safely (most of which is very similar to a hands-on therapy session).

The aim of these sessions will be for your nervous system to down-regulate, for you to release tension and stress that is held in your body and gain more clarity.

If you would like to give this a go, I am offering FIRST SESSIONS FOR £25 DURING MARCH * (1 hr long). This first session will allow me to assess your needs and a treatment plan will be discussed if I feel that I am able to help you going forward.

For the first time ever, you can work with me without even getting in your car! I am so excited about this new chapter and being able to help you!

Spaces are limited *, so please don’t delay, call / text me on 07956 390419 (Sarah).

Anxiety over COVID-19

Anxiety over COVID-19

Feeling STRESSED OR ANXIOUS about COVID-19? Is all this talk of COVID-19 GETTING TO YOU? Or are you more worried about self-isolating and all its implications?

It is normal to feel some ANXIETY over recent developments (and very common, look at all the panic buying). After all, we know that being vigilant about hygiene etc will slow down the spread of what to a small proportion of the population will be life threatening.

But be clear that STRESS is known to be linked to a diverse range of DISEASES. Higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is secreted by the adrenal glands inhibits the activity of the immune system, making us prone to ILLNESS.

So, if you find that your WORRIES are getting out of control and its hard to KEEP PERSPECTIVE, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH, as Craniosacral Therapy is known to be often highly effective at DOWN-REGULATING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM (I see it all the time) and bringing stress levels down. And that in turn will help your IMMUNE SYSTEM.

And rest assured, HYGIENE is of tip top importance here at Cranio Kent.

Sarah – 07956 390419.

Fighting Fatigue with the Powerful Effects of Craniosacral Therapy

Fighting Fatigue with the Powerful Effects of Craniosacral Therapy

I often see people suffering with extreme and chronic fatigue.  It can even be progressive.  They have usually tried a lot of other things before they come and see me and are desperate.  They are unable to work, sometimes not even able to drive to come and see me and are relying on other people to look after them.

Of course there are fundamental things to look at first where these is fatigue. 

For example:

Are you getting enough sleep?

How is your diet?

Is there an underlying medical cause eg thyroid issues, hemochromatosis etc (seek blood tests to be sure).

I still have fatigue, so how does Craniosacral Therapy help?

What I am really talking about though is people who are suffering with fatigue as part of a bigger diagnosis such as M.E or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or who have simply got gradually more and more run down for whatever reason.

Let’s look at the unique way that CST can help, at a very deep and profound level to build the resources of the system and alleviate fatigue – I have seen it many times!

When I tune into your system during a session, I will be tuning into the ‘tidal rhythms’ which are present in your body.  This tells me a lot about the resources that you have and how well you are generally.  Almost inevitably, where there is fatigue, the quality of these tidal rhythms is quiet or lacking potency.  I will then look to carry out certain procedures (not manipulative) which have the effect of ‘recharging your batteries’.  Over time (and this process will often take several sessions), the resources of the system build and the effects of that are profound. 

It is quite common for someone to get back to leading a much more active life, getting back to work and so on as a result of the improvements made.

Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when you have the chance to do so)

Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when you have the chance to do so)

Many of us will have experienced insomnia at some point in our lives.

Acute insomnia is when you experience temporary sleep problems, the night before an exam for example or when you have suffered a bereavement. 

Chronic insomnia is when sleep is disturbed at least three nights a week for at least three months.  The result of this is obviously fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.

Ultimately lack of sleep can have a drastic impact on our physical and mental health.  It’s a big subject so I will be including just the most important facts in this article.

We need to sleep to sustain life, its as simple as that.  Its important to remember thatyour system is programmed for effective sleep; its the most natural thing in the world!  However, feeling pushed for time (have you ever cut short your sleep because there was too much to do?  I know I have) and the habits of modern day life often impact on our ability to achieve good quality sleep. 

If you think your sleep quality could be better, have a look through these two checklistsand what you can do to make things easier for yourself….

DO:

  • Keep a regular routine in terms of timings and go to bed when you feel tired.
  • Manage those stress levels (more on that later)!
  • Relax for at least an hour before bed
  • Your bedroom should be dark, quiet and cooler than daytime temperature (but not cold)
  • Exercise regularly during the day
  • Ensure your mattress, pillows and covers are comfortable
  • Try to get 30 mins exposure to natural sunlight per day – this helps to remind your body which is day and which is night!  Artificial light is not the same!
  • Have a hot bath before bed to relax, plus the drop in your body temperature will aid sleep.
  • Remove distractions from your bedroom: screens, phones, clocks

DO NOT:

  • Do not smoke, or drink alcohol, tea or coffee at least 6 hours before going to bed
  • Do not eat for about 3 hours before bed, especially sugars / carbs
  • Do not exercise late in the day (that is, less than 4 hours before bed)
  • Do not watch screens in the 2 hours before bed – they block the release of melatonin by 23%, interrupting your normal sleep rhythms
  • Do not nap during the day
  • Do not sleep in after a bad night’s sleep – stick to your regular sleeping hours instead
  • Do not drink too many fluids before bed as you will need the loo in the night!
  • Drugs – clearly recreational drugs will impact sleep, but often prescription ones can too, so speak to your pharmacist about this, it may be that taking your tablets at a different time of day may help
  • Don’t lie in bed awake.  This breeds anxiety and makes it even harder to get to sleep.  Get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy.
  • Try to avoid sleeping tablets if you can, even those you can buy over the counter.  They can help in the short term, but they do not induce natural sleep and can make the insomnia worse.

Back to the big issue of STRESS.  Stress clearly impacts on our ability to sleep and then insomnia tends to increase our stress levels further – argghhhh!!  I quite often see people suffering with insomnia and Craniosacral Therapy often helps them.  In fact, people often report that their sleep has improved since they started Craniosacral Therapy, even when that was not the main reason they started coming to see me!

The point is, that when our systems are hyper-vigilant, or in fight, flight or freeze, of course it is often hard for us to ‘switch off’ at night. A good example of this would be a man I worked with a long time ago who had been in the forces for many years who had big sleep issues.  He said, ‘When you’ve slept with a gun in your hand every night for so long, its kinda hard to get any kind of deep sleep’.  And many of us (albeit for other reasons) have systems which are equally on ‘high alert’. 

The best way to address the stressed / hypervigilant system is to show it how to down-regulate from ‘fight, flight or freeze’ to ‘rest and digest’.  This is of the main things we do in Craniosacral Therapy.  The system is being shown the ‘off switch’ and little by little, it gets easier and easier to access the ‘off switch’, until the system is generally much calmer and sleep becomes much easier.  Plus of course, the person feels less stressed / anxious generally!

If you have taken board all the suggestions above and are still struggling with your sleep, please do seek the advice of your GP.