Qualitative studies present an important viewpoint for creating a well-rounded representation of a modality. I think it’s important, particularly for complementary therapies like craniosacral therapy, for the body of research to contain statements from people who have experienced craniosacral therapy.
Often time’s research is focused on numbers as evidence, quantitative analysis. But a qualitative study is a good way to capture the experiential evidence of the validity and safety of a modality from the patient's perspective.
This kind of study can ask these important questions,
do the people experiencing craniosacral therapy enjoy it?
Do people getting craniosacral therapy experience any benefits?
Well, people who have craniosacral therapy treatments experience many benefits and enjoy the therapy. The study, Perspectives on the effects and mechanisms of craniosacral therapy: A qualitative study of users’ views, which was published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine shows how this is true.
In this study, 29 people were interviewed about their experiences with craniosacral therapy. They were asked about pain relief and effects on rehabilitation. The interview also investigated holistic health and how craniosacral therapy benefits their body, mind, and spirit.
Overall the study showed a very important factor, the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist.
Theory emerging from this study regarding CST and the ways in which healing can be enabled holistically suggests that the establishment of a trusting therapeutic relationship enables CST to take clients into altered perceptual states; these in turn facilitate a new level of awareness regarding the interrelatedness of body, mind and spirit, together with an enhanced capacity to care for self and manage health problems.
This quote captures the power of the therapy and the importance of having a grounded, skilled therapist. The interrelatedness of the mind, body, and spirit is honored in my practice and is honored as part of the healing process for my clients.
Often times my clients experience great pain relief and headache relief when they are also able to release emotions, stress, and re-establish their relationship with Divine. This holistic care accompanied with the release of restrictions in the nervous system and soft tissues of the body results in wonderful relief from pain and decreased frequency of headaches.
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Janet Crow MS, CMT, CST-T
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Saint Paul, MN 55102