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More about CranioSacral Therapy

CST was developed by Dr John Upledger, an osteopathic physician

in the USA. CST gets it's name from the body's associated bones -

the skull, spine and tailbone (sacrum) at the end of the spine.  It

works with the craniosacral system, i.e. the membranes and

cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal


The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system

which has a tremendous influence over the body's ability to

function properly.  Every day our body endures stress and strains

that can cause the tissues to tighten resulting in restrictions.

Restrictions and tensions are held in the fascia, i.e. the connective

tissue which surrounds every structure in our body.  The central

nervous system affects and likewise can be affected by all other

body systems so the therapist may work with any part of your

body to support it's release.

SomatoEmotional Release

CST works with the whole person; physical problems often have

an emotional component. Sometimes during a session, the

releasing of the body tissue can bring to the surface trapped

emotions that haven't had a chance to be released or processed.  SomatoEmotional Release is an aspect of CST which can be

incorporated into your session if it's appropriate.  The CST

practitioner uses  therapeutic visualization and conversation to

support the release of any residual effects of emotional and

physical trauma.

What happens during a CranioSacral Session?

In a CST session you will lie fully clothed and comfortable on a

treatment couch.  I will gently lay my hands on the surface of your

body and palpate (listen to) your craniosacral rhythm, i.e. the

natural rhythm that your cerebrospinal fluid makes as it is

produced and reabsorbed in your brain and spinal cord. This

rhythm can indicate where there may be restrictions or deeply

held tensions in your body.

With a gentle touch, my hands begin to meld or blend with your

body's tissues feeling into any restrictions in the area.  You may

feel warmth, pulsing or subtle and gentle wave like motions as

my hands mirror back to your body what they are feeling.  This is

the unwinding of the fascia.  While many techniques can be

carried out on the head and back, I may also work on other areas

of the body.

People report feeling relaxed at a level they hadn't

experienced before and that they feel lighter, calmer, more in

tune with their body and have a sense of inner peace as a result

of treatment. They experience change in how they feel.


Massage using pure aromatic essential oils specifically selected to your requirements. Can help to relieve stress, tension, problems with sleep, neck and shoulder pain and provides a blissful sense of relaxation.


Energy channelled via the practitioner's hands and naturally drawn by the receiver's body to any areas where it is required to promote natural self healing.  Balances the energy in the body and calms the mind, helps to reduce stress and anxiety and is exceptional in times of transition and bereavement.


Massage with aromatic essential oils focused on the shoulders, neck, face and scalp stimulating meridians and acupressure points as well as thoroughly working the muscles.   Can help to alleviate headaches, sleeping problems, pervasive tiredness, anxiety, stress and scalp problems.



Reflex points of the feet reflecting the organs of the body are stimulated through massage to balance and detoxify the system. 

Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath Practitioner


I use HeartMath techniques in a trauma-sensitive manner. These help to support and build your capacities for resilience and emotional regulation. They also allow you to reconnect with your sense of self-security and well-being.


Tuning forks create sound waves which stimulate nerve impulses in the brain helping to balance the nervous system and promote physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Some benefits of Tuning Fork Sound Therapy are: deep relaxation, stress reduction, improved sleep, may help to lower anxiety, may improve mood, energy and bring relief from unwanted thought patterns.

Tuning Fork Sound Therapy


My Approach

About Eileen Doody

Welcome to my website.  I have been in practice since 1994 and was previously based in Cork in the South of Ireland.


I first discovered  the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy when I received treatment for back pain and was so impressed with the results, not only for my back issue but in working through earlier trauma, that I trained and qualified in CranioSacral Therapy with Upledger Institute International.

CranioSacral Therapy continues to inspire me in how it helps to alleviate physical and emotional pain. It is gentle, non-invasive and supports the body's own self-healing intelligence.  As it is such a gentle form of treatment, it is suitable for all ages, from the newborn to the elders.


I am trained to Advanced level in CranioSacral Therapy techniques, SomatoEmotional Release and Paediatrics and continually studying and growing to offer the best support to my clients.

Whilst CST is my primary therapy, I am also qualified in Aromatherapy Massage, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and Tuning Fork Sound Therapy. Additionally, I provide bespoke essential oil blends and flower and tree essences as a support to the emotional aspects of treatments when necessary.

In 2006 - 2008 I trained in Hellinger Family Constellation work and have spent many years involved in psychotherapeutic and spiritual approaches, studying the role emotional issues and family dynamics play in our ability to be well and fully embrace our lives. 

As a Certified Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath Practitioner, I am delighted to teach these wonderful resilience building and emotional regulating skills to my clients. I integrate the various techniques and therapies if and when needed.

Being outdoors in the natural world is something I love as I have a fascination with plants. Meditation, Yoga and dance have been an important part of my life for years.


I am a member of the Craniosacral Society and the International Federation of Aromatherapists and always happy to chat with you if you have any questions or concerns around which therapy may be of most benefit to you. 


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