Over the years I have been practising I have been able to help, at least to some degree, well over 90% of the people who have come to my clinic, or am usually able to suggest the best option for treatment elsewhere.
My personal feeling is that - I would rather receive treatment than spend all my time talking, so I attempt to keep explanations to a minimum. You will also receive an explanatory leaflet during your first appointment. Please read it at home and ask me any questions during the next treatment session.
...the wisdom of our body's innate intelligence...
I treat my patients how I would like to be treated myself. Very little clothing needs to be removed, and treatments are comfortable and enjoyable. The degree of contact pressure used is very small. Indeed, although used for people of all ages, CST is so safe that it may even be used to treat babies - and has been part of the standard treatment package for premature babies in some European hospitals for over 20 years. The light respectful touch also results in the treatment working in cooperation with the body...
During your first appointment I will take a brief medical history - and most importantly - carry out a hands-on assessment. If you have a specific agenda or needs, it helps me a lot if you can be very clear about this during the initial note-taking, so that we are both on the same wavelength. Occasionally I get people in who prefer not to give me important medical details. If this is the case, then please be aware that - although this does not make my work impossible - the lack of information may take me more than one or two sessions to properly orient to your specific needs.
The case history takes anything between 10 and 40 minutes, depending on the individual, but is usually only about 20 minutes. Then I will spend some time applying several types of hands-on diagnosis to give me a better idea of what I am working with. I always aim to leave as much time as possible for treatment - this will give me some idea of how easily your body is responding to CST, and therefore how many treatments we might need.
If you are on any medicines prescribed by your GP (or any other healthcare professional) it would be useful to see your prescription sheet. CST does not interfere with medicines and there are very few contraindications to treatment.
...Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves...
You might not be familiar with Complementary Therapies, or bodywork, or CST. Or you might have had a Cranial treatment from someone else in the past and be looking for something very specific. So the first appointment is really about us both finding out something about each other.
I run a "Body-Mind" practice, simply because I have found this is the most clincally effective way to work. To get the best out of a treatment, please
CST is one of the safest therapies because there is very little physical force applied. There is no manipulation, and treatments are usually very comfortable.
Clothing should be fairly loose and comfortable. I usually work through clothes, but tight trousers or low slung jeans are not so good. Since I will probably be holding your head, pin earrings and necklaces will have to be removed, along with any magnetic objects or "energy" devices. These latter sometimes make it impossible to feel important processes in the body.
I am also very grateful if you can avoid wearing strong aftershave or perfume - I will be touching your clothes and skin during the treatment, and the smell of these transfers onto my clothes and the treatment couch and then persists for several hours, affecting other patients later in the day.
All treatment is respectful and usually very comfortable and relaxing, and feels "safe". There are no sudden movements or strong crunches or cracks, and the level of pressure used is usually very light.
Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult at all times during treatment.
My treatment room in Norwich is, like most other city center practices, upstairs. We are very lucky at the CHCC, in that we also have a downstairs treatment room, which is available for anyone who cannot climb stairs, and is free ONLY on Mondays. If you think you will need this, please mention it specifically to the receptionist when booking the appointment. The upstairs room is much more peaceful and pleasant, since it is not at street level. Both rooms have hydraulic couches so that the table is easy and safe to get on and off. The Hethersett practice room (Rowan House) is up one flight of stairs, but also has much easier access from a private car park immediately next to the clinic.