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Debbie Olley
Craniosacral Therapist
Muswell Hill

phone: 07785 786759


Frequently asked questions

What happens in a session?

I will take a short, confidential, written case history and ask you about your symptoms. You will then lie fully-clothed on the therapy couch, with pillows and blankets for comfort. Most people lie on their back with a cushion under their knees for lumbar support, but pregnant women may prefer to lie on their side. People with mobility issues may prefer to have a treatment while sitting.

I will place my hands lightly on your head, back, base of the spine and other areas as necessary.

How long is a session?

The first session lasts 1hr 20 minutes (allowing for a case history) and subsequent sessions are 1 hour.

How many sessions will I need?

Normally, people need 3 sessions to fully feel the benefit, depending on the individual and the symptoms. Some people also like to have a session every six weeks or so just to boost their vitality and to help with relaxation. There is never any pressure from me to book extra sessions or to book more regularly. Some people like to see me once or twice a year just as a pampering treat or for a birthday present. If you are considering giving a treatment as a gift, just 'phone or email me and I'll be happy to oblige.

Babies and children

The best time to treat is often when baby is asleep or feeding. I will often treat baby and mother as one unit together while baby is on your lap or in your arms. Fathers and partners are very welcome! Toddlers sometimes like to run around, read books or play with their toys during a treatment. This is perfectly natural and the treatment is still effective. Treating babies, toddlers and children in their own surroundings with familiar smells is often more conducive to a relaxed state (for you too!). Please contact me if you would like to discuss a home visit.

Reduced mobility

Rest assured that you do not need to be agile enough to get up onto a therapy couch. I also treat people very effectively while they are sitting down. If you, or someone you care for, finds mobility and getting around challenging, please contact me to discuss a home visit.

Can I talk during a treatment?

You don't need to be silent; some patients like to talk about what they're feeling and others tend to drift off as their body relaxes and starts to make the necessary adjustments.

What does it feel like?

Sensations range from subtle warmth to quite dramatic movements, but your body will only move within its own comfort level. Patients sometimes say they feel a lot of heat emanating from my hands. Often, people are so relaxed that they nod off at some point and start snoring. Please don't be embarrassed. This is perfectly natural.

These are some sensations which patients report:

  • tingling
  • memories coming to the surface
  • seeing colours or pictures
  • warm, then suddenly cold (I have blankets!)
  • deep relaxation, often for the first time in ages
  • a feeling of time standing still
  • arms or legs jerking (this is the sympathetic nervous system releasing)
  • muscles twitching (much like when you are dropping off)
  • waves of energy going up your legs or arms
  • gurgling and noises in your abdomen

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