Cranial Osteopaths follow the principles of traditional Osteopathy, but place a special emphasis on the head. Practitioners are trained to feel a very subtle motion that is present in all body tissues, called primary respiratory mechanism, and analyse any restrictions and changes to the normal pattern.
Often used for infants and children the treatment itself looks rather unspectacular, with the baby or adult lying on a treatment table while the Osteopath cradles their hands around the head, looking for strain patterns and softly touching the head. Treatment may be directed towards other areas of the body such as the face, thorax, diaphragm, pelvis or sacrum, depending on the problem.