Craniosacral Therapy

Sarah Jane Saull and James Watson


James has been working with people holistically for two decades. He has spent many years teaching people to feel more at ease in their own bodies and environment through an array of disciplines, from hedgerow herbalism and edible plants to woodland skills such as animal tracking and traditional skills. His longtime interest in the human ability to self-heal was influenced from an early age by his maternal grandmother, who was also an alternative health practitioner.

James received his diploma in craniosacral therapy from Paul Vick at Resonance Training and is a member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association; he specialises in the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy. He has treated a range of patients and conditions, from babies with colic and sleep issues to clients with anxiety, migraines, back pain, sciatica and so on. He is continually amazed by the effectiveness of craniosacral therapy and believes that small changes can make a huge positive impact on a person’s life.

James resides in a sleepy Cotswold village with his family and enjoys the countryside and nature around him, exploring many aspects of fitness, health and happiness.


If you are struggling with a physical or emotional complaint, craniosacral therapy can be the answer for a recent or an ongoing problem. Craniosacral therapy is gentle and noninvasive, therefore making it safe and suitable for anyone, from newborn babies to the very elderly, and those in a frail, fragile or acute condition.

Craniosacral therapy is a whole-body therapy which has its origins in osteopathy. It can help many conditions by increasing the body’s vitality and encouraging the body’s own self-healing process in order to reach a natural state of health.

We cope daily with physical and emotional stresses; this causes tissues in the body to contract, often overstimulating the sympathetic nervous system. As we do not realise how deeply we hold tension, oftentimes we do not take time to relax and allow the tissues a chance to release by themselves. Craniosacral therapy can ease an overstimulated sympathetic nervous system and promote rest, relaxation and health. This relaxed state enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself and boost vitality. 


A craniosacral therapy session typically lasts an hour, including a short consultation at the beginning.
At your initial appointment, James takes a written case history and listens to the reasons for your visit. This part of the session is important, both for gathering information and to ascertain if past afflictions could be affecting your current ailments.

During a session, you remain fully clothed and will typically lie on the treatment table either face up or on your side. The treatment can also be carried out seated if that’s more comfortable. James makes light contact with your feet, your head, the base of your spine as well as other areas, encouraging and supporting your body to relax and begin to make the changes it needs.

Through this light touch, James listens to the health of your body, similar to a therapist listening to your words. Because the body functions as a whole, he may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
An individual’s experience of the treatment varies, but many experience a deep relaxation and peace. Clients have reported feeling different sensations in their bodies, such as tingling, hot/cold, pins and needles, pulsations, a stretching of tissues and increased energy flow.

Is craniosacral therapy appropriate for babies?
Sometimes, after birth a baby might need a helping hand in the transition. Craniosacral therapy has been known to help babies with a number of issues, including colic, feeding and sleep issues.

how or who can it help?

Craniosacral therapy can help young and old and all sorts of ailments, chronic or acute. The birth process can hinder the flow of CSF, daily life and stresses, if we have endured any sudden impacts on our body, emotional upsets or disturbances. Sometimes we don’t even register that we have encountered such disturbances but we may be experiencing other symptoms like tiredness, anxieties, low mood or not being able to concentrate, just to name a few.

During a craniosacral session you remain fully clothed and comfortable on a therapy table.  Light contact on your body is made with the hands and is always negotiated. We are not restricted to just the spine and skull as other areas of the body may need some contact. Cranio is about the physical, mental and emotional state of someone and how their bodies health expresses itself.


Cost of treatments: £45
Newborns: Initial appointment free

The Fold Therapy Centre – Thursday Mornings. (other times and days can be arranged)