The compressive forces experienced during birth as a result of the passage through the pelvis and the tight birth canal are extreme and can cause an imbalance in a baby's system; even in natural and apparently problem-free births. These can develop into problems later in life: Digestive problems, migraines, spinal and pelvic pain can often be traced back to birth history.
Examination of young children by Craniosacral therapists may be not only curative, but also helpful in preventing problems later in life. Health issues in adults which are linked to their birth or very early experience can be back-tracked and resolved retrospectively.
It is clear that a living human organism is immensely complex and requires an enormous amount of internal organisation. Craniosacral Therapy helps nurture these internal ordering principles. It helps increase physical vitality and well-being, not only effecting structural change, but also having much wider implications e.g. improving interpersonal relationships, managing more appropriately etc.
Craniosacral therapists recognise health as an active principle. This health is the expression of life - an inherent ordering force, a natural internal intelligence. Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle and profound healing form which assists this natural bodily intelligence.
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Anita Hegerty has been working with Alex Gibbs as an osteopath since 1991. She trained at the British School of Osteopathy and has undertaken extensive post-graduate training in Craniosacral Osteopathic technique with Sutherland College. She has a special interest in working with babies, children and with conditions affecting the face.
After studying music at Oxford, John developed a strong interest in body-orientated psychotherapy and meditation. He has been practising the Bowen Technique and Craniosacral Therapy full time since 1995. He is a former chairman of the Bowen Association of the UK, the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK and the Cranial Forum, the lead body established to oversee the implementation of national standards of practice for the profession in the UK. He is a former examiner for the University of Oxford examinations board and is advisor on education and training for the Bowen Forum under the Prince of Wales' Foundation for Integrated Health.
He was accredited by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia to teach the Bowen Technique in 1999 and has since then, taught in many countries throughout the world including Denmark, Norway, Israel, USA, Australia, Kuwait, El Salvador, Sweden, Ireland, Austria and Germany. He was awarded a lifetime membership of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in 2004.
He is the author of four books: The Bowen Technique - the inside story, Understanding The Bowen Technique, Understanding Craniosacral Therapy and his new book Using The Bowen Technique, published in August 2014.
In 2005 he set up a 2 year practitioner training for midwives in Craniosacral Therapy at Poole Hospital NHS Trust, the first of its kind to be accredited with the Royal College of Midwives.
He has been involved in a number of charitable projects organising therapeutic work overseas, including after the war in Bosnia and currently El Salvador. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, regularly plays in concerts in the south west and in 2005 was awarded a prestigious fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for his contribution to society.
In June 2007 he was featured in Tatler's guide to Britain's 250 best private doctors.