Equine Craniosacral Therapy

Oonagh has been qualified as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist since 2010. She has also studied with Maureen Rogers of Equine Craniosacral Workshops to add additional skills for working specifically with horses. She will continue through Maureen's programme until all levels are completed.

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle treatment which was developed by American osteopath John E. Upledger, who was Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University from the work of Dr William Sutherland - the pioneer of cranial osteopathy.

The therapy involves very light touch with the hands on the horse to evaluate and enhance the functioning of a body system called the craniosacral system. This system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the skull to the tailbone. Craniosacral therapists work with the presence of subtle rhythmic motions that are expressed within the body (particularly the head, spine and pelvis). The free and balanced expression of these subtle motions is related to the state of health and vitality.

The body has self-healing capabilities and is constantly striving for good health. Craniosacral Therapy can facilitate this natural desire for balance and a feeling of wellbeing in the equine client. Oonagh can evaluate if there are any imbalances within the body and use a range of therapeutic skills to relax and thereby promote self-healing

Being very gentle, non invasive and non drug based, CST is suitable for all horses and ponies. Oonagh has found these techniques to be particularly useful with nervous horses and those that are very defensive or difficult to handle. The release of cranial compression aims to restore form and function throughout the body. The posture and biomechanics are usually seen to have improved following a craniosacral session. Cranial compression can occur from every day interaction with the horse from bits, bridles, halters, dentistry (and lack of), pull back and head traumas.

Oonagh offers treatment throughout Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas.

See also: Craniosacral therapy for people

Oonagh is a member of the International Equine Body Worker Association, or IEBWA based in Cambridgeshire

 Oonagh Endersby, Cambridgeshire Therapist and registered Equine Body Worker