When a practitioner first meets with a client it is necessary to assess and find out where the client is in terms of well-being, what their main complaints are, where pain is, how they are sleeping, their lifestyle and other important issues that help assessment. It is important for the practitioner to find out what the clients goal for cranio-sacral therapy is.
This can confuse some patients because they might have a pain in their knees but the practitioner could begin work on the pelvis. The reason for this is that the body is giving clear indications to the practitioner that this is the area of restriction. Once the restriction is guided to open up, the symptoms (in this case, knee pain) will alleviate.
The practitioner places their hands on the area that is blocked and follows the tissue. It is believed that the hands are in tuned with the rhythm of the body and that it is the practitioner’s duty to listen and follow through the guidance. The signs of release happen whilst the practitioner moves along the tissue, which can be reflected through pulsing, heat, deeper breathing, tingling sensations and other signs of activity.
Clients often feel very peaceful during cranio-sacral therapy from the minute they walk into the room and lie down on the table. The patient tends to be asked to vocalize sensations as they occur, whether it is pain, relief or anything in between. No two sessions are the same because it depends on the individual.