What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a light touch, holistic therapy that encourages the body’s natural healing response. Developed by doctors in the early 1900s, Craniosacral Therapy has its roots in osteopathy. Osteopath William Garner Sutherland observed that cranial bones have a very subtle motion and the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes our brains and nervous systems has its own pulse, which is essential to maintaining our health.
The cerebrospinal fluid pulsates between the skull (cranium) and the sacrum, the movement of which is transmitted to the whole body. Changes in this rhythm indicate diseases and blockages. In therapy, disorders are localized and treated with the hands. The craniosacral system is closely related to all vital functions, which is why this form of therapy is so versatile.
Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for people of all ages, from newborns through to the elderly.
How does a therapy session work?
Typically, a session is 60 minutes in duration. Wearing comfortable clothing the client lies on the treatment table. However, work can also be done sitting, standing or moving.
As a craniosacral therapist, I use my hands to feel the craniosacral rhythm and assess the body’s own movements In this way, I can localize disorders in the musculoskeletal system, muscles, organs and tissues. These disorders can sometimes exist from birth or arise later as a result of an accident, illness or mental problems. The tension patterns are treated and released with mindful, manual impulses. The craniosacral rhythm then finds its natural flow again. This stimulates the self-regulation of the body so that positive changes can take place on a physical, psychological, emotional and social level.
“The purpose of craniosacral treatment is not to correct a structure, but to provide an environment for change.”
Rollin E. Becker
Craniosacral Therapy is suitable treatment for the following:
- Headache, migranes
- Backache, muscle tension
- Rehabilitation after illness and accident
- Insomnia / nervousness / stress / burnout
- Whiplash, fall and compression trauma
- Psychosomatic disorders
- Support in stressful life situations
Children & teens
- After dental treatments or jaw corrections / teeth grinding
- Hyperactivity, ADD/ADHD
- Difficulty concentrating and learning difficulties
- Developmental delays in children
Infants & pregnancy
- During pregnancy and after childbirth
- Skull asymmetries, torticollis (tilted and twisted neck) in babies
- Sleep problems
- Excessive crying
- Digestive problems, colic
«Be still and know I am»
William Garner Sutherland and Ada Sutherland
As part of my diploma thesis «Craniosacral Therapy and its effects on adolescents in puberty», I am looking for young people who are currently going through puberty and who would like to see to me for one or more treatments.
Classic symptoms during puberty can be: Stress symptoms such as loss of appetite, sleeplessness and general listlessness as well as headaches, abdominal pain or nausea; menstrual cramps, concentration disorders, growth problems, mood swings, depression, hormonal disorders, orthodontic problems, etc.
Of course, teens with no symptoms are also welcome! 😊
A treatment usually lasts 60 minutes, which takes place in full clothing and usually on the treatment table. The therapy sessions as part of the thesis are free of charge.
If you are interested or have further questions, please contact me.
079 650 81 83
I was born in 1975 in Basel. I am married and a mother of three children (2007, 2008, 2011).
In the past I worked in Human Resources and traveled the world.
My fascination for Craniosacral Therapy has been with me for many years. My first experience with this method left me astounded and amazed at the same time: how can such a gentle therapy method be of such strong influence?
Years later I followed my dream to work in this therapeutic field.
To value each person as an individual and to guide them through their process with sensitivity and respect is of great importance to me.
- 2018 – 2021 In training as Craniosacral Therapist, Canioschule in Zurich with Rudolf Merkel
- 2016 – 2017 Western Medicine, Biomedica Basel
- 2002 HR Specialist with Federal diploma, IAP Basel
- 1994 Training in Business Management with Federal diploma, KV Basel
- 2021 Diploma thesis: ‘Effects of Craniosacral Therapy on adolescents in puberty’
- 2020 Craniosacral Therapy for mother, baby and child (infant treatment), Rudolf Merkel
- 2019 Maintaining your own resources, Rudolf Merkel
- 2019 Visceral work for Craniosacral practitioners, Iris & Michael Wolf
- 2019 Laws of Energy, Arthuro Strebel
- 2019 Sleep Disorders and Craniosacral Therapy, Wolfgang Tamm
I speak German, English, and French
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a doctor's prescription?
No, you do not need a medical referral.
How many sessions do I need?
In general, I recommend three to five sessions. After these sessions, it is jointly evaluated whether further treatments are necessary and useful.
Is the therapy painful?
Since Craniosacral Therapy is a non-invasive or manipulative therapy, it does not cause pain. However, it is not uncommon for symptoms to initially worsen. This can last up to 5 days.
Do I have to take off my clothes?
No, the treatment takes place in full clothing.
How long is a session?
Treatments usually last one hour. Appointments for babies and small children are usually shorter.
When should Craniosacral Therapy NOT be used?
Craniosacral Therapy must not be used or only to a limited extent:
- Situations in which an increase in the fluid pressure in the skull must be avoided
- Immediately after traumatic brain injury, cerebral infarction and cerebral haemorrhage
- Brain aneurysms
Craniosacral Therapy should be used with particular caution:
- Impairments to the central nervous system (e.g. epilepsy)
- High risk pregnancies
- Mental illness
- Malignant tumors
Will my health insurance company pay for the treatments?
Craniosacral Therapy is a recognized treatment, and the cost is partially covered by the supplemental insurance (Zusatzversicherung). Please check directly with your health insurance provider regarding coverage and reimbursement.
From November 2021 I will be recognized by the health insurance and certified by the EMR.
Until October 2021, the costs will be borne by you. See tariff.
until October 2021 CHF 80 / hour
from November 2021 CHF 120 / hour
From November 2021 I will be recognized by the health insurance. Billing is done via the supplementary insurance, which reimburses the costs in full or in part. Please check with your health insurance company. Payments accepted in cash, by Twint or EC / credit cards (1,5% / 2,5%).
Home visits on request
A treatment usually lasts 60 minutes. Important: for the first visit 90 minutes should be planned. The treatment time can be shortened for infants and young children.
Appointments can currently be booked at the following times:
Reinach Monday 8 am – 8 pm
Therwil On request, Wednesday to Friday
Rescheduling / cancellation: The session is not refundable if you cancel within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment.
Craniosacral Therapist in training
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079 650 81 83
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By public transport: Tram 11 or bus 64 to the Landererstrasse stop and then a 4-minute walk to the practice.
By car: There is a client parking lot in front of the practice and additional parking spaces in the neighborhood.
Please ring the bell for «Praxisgemeinschaft».