Welcome

I am Doro Raht, Craniosacral Therapy practitioner and Heilpraktikerin (alternative medical practitioner).

Craniosacral Therapy – or Cranio, as it is often called – is a holistic, subtle and profound form of bodywork. It is used for treating various symptoms, like back-pain, migraines, chronic pain, and TMJ. It can also aid in surgery recovery, stress/burn-out or in order to support personal development processes.

On my site, you will get to know Cranio, learn about how Craniosacral Therapy works as well as find out more about me. If you have any questions regarding Craniosacral Therapy, please contact me.

In order to make an appointment for a Cranio Treatment you can reach me under 0421-16175325 or praxis(at)craniobremen.de.

Doro Raht,
Craniosacral Therapy practitioner in Bremen

Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy (from cranium = skull, sacrum = sacral bone) is a gentle manual form of bodywork. It encourages relaxation and helps the body's natural capacity for self healing. The sense of self is promoted, which often sustainably helps avoiding damaging movements or influences.

Craniosacral Therapy is a holistic form of bodywork that has proven itself for treating various symptoms or illnesses. It is applied against back pains, TMJ syndrome, chronic pain, digestive disorders and psychosomatic disorders but also accompanying personal development processes and supporting health in general. The focus does not lie on the symptom or the illness but on the potential for health and well-being – and this potential is being fostered by Craniosacral therapy.

How does Craniosacral Therapy work?

The Liquor and its Rhythm

The Craniosacral system lies between cranium and sacrum. “Liquor Cerebrospinalis” is the fluid that flows around the linings of the brain and spinal cord and protects and nourishes them. This liquid moves up and down in pulses and forms the Craniosacral rhythm – this rhythm can be felt on the whole body. Imbalances of the Craniosacral rhythm point to blockages and are treated by gentle touch. Throughout an extensive and thorough training I learned to perceive and treat these subtle movements and processes.

Different Layers of Treatment: Bones, Fascias and Inner Organs

In order to explain how Craniosacral Therapy works, one needs to take a look on the structures that are treated: besides the fluid level with the liquor there are other structures of the body that can be treated. Depending on the indication I might for example focus on the bone structures and help the body correcting imbalances through creating more space though using subtle treatment techniques.

The facias, too, are a very important aspect during the Cranio treatments. Since a couple of years research in universities all over the world are showing their immense importance for the body, its health and their role in diseases and healing. The whole body and all its structures (organs, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments) are finely woven through by a net of this collagenous fibres. Facias give the body shape, flexibility and stability and connect extensive parts of the body. This also explains why a lot of symptoms are originating somewhere else than where the pain is felt, for example lower back pains which originate from malpositioning of the neck. Through the long and subtle touch during Cranio treatments the facias have time to release agglutinations, reorganise and cure pain in a very gentle way.

Like in Osteopathy, there are visceral techniques in Cranio, too. Hereby, soft techniques support and stimulate the functions of inner organs in a gentle way.

Stillness and Deep Relaxation: Effects on the Vegetative Nervous System

Profound relaxation is a very important aspect of Craniosacral Therapy. A deep silence evolves during the treatments that creates space for healing. The reason for this lies in the nervous system: during Craniosacral Treatments the parasympathetic nervous system is at work, which is in charge of recreation, sleep and regeneration. Its counterpart – the sympathetic nerve makes us physically and mentally reactive, for example to prepare us for an important presentation, a sporting contest – or in former times in case of a saber-toothed attac (“fight or flight”). The balance of these two parts of the nervous system is important for a healthy life. During permanent stress the sympathetic nerve is working all the time and the parasympathetic nerve is blocked – the body does not have the possibility to regenerate, relax, the digestion cannot work properly, the blood pressure is constantly too high, the muscles are tense and so on.

Many people nowadays have difficulties to relax, which hinders regeneration and healing and can represent itself in form of migraine, irritable bowl syndrome, chronic unspecific back pains, tinnitus or nightly teeth grinding.

The deep stillness and relaxation during Craniosacral Treatments are health-promoting, improve your sense of self and help becoming more present in your own body. Often people feel euphoric and vitalised after Cranio treatments, as if they had filled up energy. Others are tired and are looking forward to more resting at home as they have found the necessary peace for it, which is hard once they are on a high stress level.

Conditions treated

Medical Indications – When to do a Craniosacral Therapy session

Many different symptoms can be treated with this holistic form of therapy. A few examples of when Cranio Treatments can be beneficial:

Depending on the cause, Craniosacral Therapy can be applied alone or in addition to classical medical treatment or psychotherapy.

For whom?

Craniosacral Therapy helps people of any age. It promotes the natural healing abilities of the body to repair and be brought into balance. Thus it helps maintain health as well as with fighting various illnesses and symptoms. I value mindfulness, attentiveness and respect for my clients. It is very important to me to respect boundaries during the treatments and negotiate the contact.

Craniosacral Therapy can be a very helpful therapy for highly sensitive people: it can deepen trust within the body and increase awareness and acknowledgement of one's boundaries.

I am treating adults and youth, in German and English fluently, and I have a limited working knowledge of Spanish and French as well.

Treatment

What a Craniosacral Therapy Session looks like

In the beginning of the first treatment, I will ask you about your medical history and current symptoms/reason for the Cranio session. In the opening of the following sessions, I will ask you about the impact of the last Cranio treatment as well as momentary symptoms. I recommand wearing comfortable clothing and (warm) socks for a Cranio session. During the treatment you are lying fully clothed on your back on a massage table. Typically, I will start the sessions at the feet and continue towards the head depending on where the body needs attention. The touch is very gentle and the techniques are hold for quite a while so that the facias get the time they need to relax. The hands “listen” attentively to the body and move towards the places they are “called”. The concentration focusses on what feels good and healthy and promote this so that it can spread to areas of discomfort. Usually, clients experience very deep relaxation during Cranio sessions. The whole treatment takes around 75 minutes.

How often?

How often a client is treated with Craniosacral Therapy differs a lot according to each person and each reason for the treatment. I recommend you to see for yourself if you liked the first Cranio session. If yes, we can make a few appointments every first or second week in order to see if it has the desired impact. The body needs time to integrate the changes after the Cranio sessions. Therefore, it is important to have at least a week between the sessions. After these first three or four sesssions it can be advisable to receive Cranio treatment each month for a while.

Many people treat themselves for a Cranio session now and then or regularly to enjoy the deep sense of calm they experience during and after the treatment and promote their general health and well-being. Even if you are not feeling sick you are very welcome to enjoy Cranio! :-)

This video gives a good impression of a Cranio session:

Prices

Prices for Craniosacral Therapy

(each treatment is about 75 minutes)

Regular Prices

Craniosacral Therapy Treatment package

Your health insurance might cover parts or all of the costs for “Heilpraktiker”. Please check with your health insurance.

Cranio as a Gift

You can buy gift certificates for Cranio Sessions:

Solidarity Price System

„I cannot afford to pay the whole Cranio treament.“

I think everybody should be able to afford health! Thus, I established a solidary price system: please contact me in case you struggle with financing your Cranio session and I will check what is possible.

Supporting the solidarity price system

I want to help people receiving Cranio treatments who cannot afford to pay the complete price. You can support this buy paying a solidary price: the extra paid money is to sponsor people who cannot pay the regular price.

Solidary Prices

Craniosacral Therapy Treatment package

Short Term Cancellation

If you cannot attend an appointment I kindly ask you to cancel via phone as soon as possible. In case of very short termin cancellation (less than 24 hours), I will charge you for the treatment, as I cannot assign an appointment in such a short notice. Thanks for your understanding.

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My contact details and a contact form are here.

Seminars & Retreats

Retreats and Cranio - a perfect combination!

I have made the experience that Craniosacral Therapy sessions and retreats, for example yoga retreats, are a wonderful combination. Retreats offer the time and space for yourself, for relaxation and for healing. Cranio sessions offer the possibility for a one-to-one contact with a lot of time for you and your current themes. This can be a precious addition to the group experiences made in the yoga classes or other group activities during the retreat.

If you are organizing retreats and are interested in offering Cranio Sacral Therapy - please feel free to contact me.

About me

My name is Doro Raht, and I am a Craniosacral Therapist and Heilpraktikerin. I am living in Bremen and am 40 years old. Before Cranio I was working in different fields: I am social scientist (MA) and used to work in the field of political education for young people as well as in international development projects. Emancipatory and participatory approaches as well as gender equality have always been important to me throughout my career.

I was trained as a Craniosacral Therapist during a three year course in the Schule für Craniosacrale Balance with Shanti Ruhbaum, which is based on Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy priniciples. The training is thorough, extensive and mindful, with intensive support by a team of qualified and experienced teachers. My medical training was at the Freien Heilpraktiker Schule Bremen Niedersachsen where I studied medicinal basics – anatomy, physiology, pathology, psychiatric and psychological illnesses. I have been state approved “Heilpraktikerin” (alternative medical practitioner) since 2017.

I love that Craniosacral Therapy is a very subtle, gentle, non-invasive and holistic form of bodywork...Cranio is gentle – yet very profound! It has a huge potential for fundamental and sustainable changes: old things can be released, vitality and lightness can develop. Cranio helps you to be present in your body, to trust your body and to experience a deep sense of calm and relaxation. Andrew T. Still, the founder of Osteopathy, said that the doctor's task is to find health not illness: and in this sense the focus of Craniosacral Therapy is in what feels good, healthy, and well and the potential for development and self-healing. Craniosacral Therapy holds space for these positive feelings to spread in the body and multiply, allowing for the tense parts to learn from the relaxed ones...and in my experience they really do!

In order to accompany you best on your healing path and to secure the quality of my work, I regularly participate in trainings and supervisions as well as feedback treatments with experienced Craniosacral Therapists.

Contact & Practice

Practice for Craniosacral Therapy

The practice is in Bremen in the Frauenstadthaus, Am Hulsberg 11, 28205 Bremen. The entrance is at the side of the house in the Mindener Straße, 2. doorbell from below. The tram station „Am Hulsberg“ with the tram lines 2 and 10 is right in front of the house. Behind the house in the Mindener Straße, is a yard, in which you can park your bike or car.

Accessability

The entrance at the side has stairs but there is an elevator in the back of the house in the yard area. The hallway between the elevator and the practice room is 87cm at its' narrowest spot. Near the practice room is a barrier-free lavatory.

Contact

Doro Raht
Practice for Craniosacral Therapy
Frauenstadthaus
Am Hulsberg 11
– side entrance Mindener Straße –
28205 Bremen
Phone 0421-16175325 (please leave a message and I will call you back)
praxis(at)craniobremen.de

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