Release the source of Headaches with Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle treatment that can be effective with headaches, as it works with the body’s natural tissue movements to release trauma.

Works on the source, not just the symptoms


Releases trauma that can be responsible for headaches


Drug free, Manipulation free


Realigns the body

Read some of our success stories

I am pregnant and had been having headaches that were persistent and penetrating almost daily, making it hard to think. I had also been experiencing a combination of pain & numbness at the top of each of my buttocks, into my hip and down my leg.

James worked around my pelvis and head in the first session. I was surprised to notice a reduction in my headaches after that very first session. I was also aware that the pain & numbness in my hips had reduced. I continued with the treatments and after the 5th session my headaches were completely gone! I can now think clearly and calmly. I am absolutely rapt with the results! The pain & numbness in my hips has significantly reduced too, and I feel it improve with every session. As a bonus i have noticed my ‘clicky’ shoulder – a shoulder that was always weak – now feels strong & fully functional.

I am very grateful for the treatments with James as I know they help me and that has a flow on effect for the baby.

Cecile Tayler

I had been suffering from headaches/migraines, as well as sinus problems for years. I had seen different doctors about these problems only to be given medication that left me feeling drowsy and with low energy, and never being able to pin point the cause of my migraines.

I felt that after each session I had with James, my body felt a lot more relaxed and more at ease. After the second session I noticed that my migraines were becoming less intense and the amount of times I had a migraine weekly became less and less. Before one session with James my sinuses were feeling fairly congested and inflamed and during and after the session I felt pressure release in my face and immediately felt clearing within my sinuses. By my fourth session my migraines were gone, I felt no more tension and I felt more aware of my body as a whole.

I am absolutely amazed with the results, after suffering from migraines almost daily and having to have taken many types of pain medication for them, I am grateful to have found a natural and pain free relief.

Sarah Moko

*Please note results may vary as each case is different

How does Craniosacral help with headaches?

The cause of headaches is not fully understood & research continues. Usually medications are offered as a treatment and although effective in the short term, don’t always provide long term relief. After working with many clients it seems that headaches are a symptom that can result from many different issues, sometimes existing at the same time. This may be why it is difficult to resolve headaches with medication alone.

Craniosacral Therapy has a very positive effect on headaches because it excels at trauma release. Trauma is the result of a physical injury or stressful experience that leaves a lasting impression on the body. Some people will relate to this idea immediately, perhaps noticing how their headaches began after a car accident, fall, surgery, or a particularly stressful period in their life. For others headaches may have been occurring from childhood & cannot remember anything particularly traumatic. However traumatic events can also be very very insignificant yet create a pattern that accumulates in the body over time. For example, if an early experience creates a “fight or flight” response in the body that is unresolved, this can accumulate over time as we encounter similar events. The resulting pattern in the body can be significant. Below are some types of trauma that have been present in headache clients. Craniosacral therapy has helped relieve these issues.

  • Birth Trauma – if there has been a difficult birth or simply a pull in a direction that was excessive or alarming.
  • Injuries – recent or old injuries can result in an unresolved tension pattern in the body, even if recovery seemed ok at the time.
  • Surgery – this is very traumatic to the body, even if we are anaesthetised. Fight or flight is common.
  • Dental Work – sometimes dental work can affect nerves, or create a tension pattern in the head & neck muscles
  • Emotional Trauma – emotional events are very significant & can result in similar tension patterns as physical trauma
  • Stress / Fight or Flight – sustained fight or flight response that is unaddressed is very taxing to the body.

This is not an exhaustive list, but gives you an idea of possible causes of headaches & what Craniosacral Therapy can work with.

James Stichbury

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
BE, BCST, 8 Years Experience


Adults: $85 (allow 1hr)
Children (13yrs & under): $65 (allow 50mins)
Eftpos available

How many sessions will i need?

This depends on the individual. There are many factors that determine how fast you will respond to treatments.

For example: A person who has had headaches for 2 months is different to a person who has had headaches for 50 years. Both can be addressed with Craniosacral Therapy, but understandably the response time will be different. Your therapist will give you feedback after each session so you can choose how to run your treatment plan.

How Craniosacral helped my headaches

I have personal experience with back pain & headaches.  It’s how I first discovered Craniosacral Therapy.

The first migraine i had was at age 15, straight after drinking a can of Pepsi.  After that I had frequent migraines & had to take pain killers & go to bed for the day to sleep it off.

After a few years my migraines evolved into headaches, but became more frequent.  I also had back pain at the time, and was trying a number of therapies for this including: Chiropractory, Osteopathy, Cranial-osteopathy & Physiotherapy.

It wasn’t until I couldn’t get a booking with one osteopath, that I stumbled on Craniosacral Therapy.  In the session I noticed a core stretching sensation that I had never experience before.  I noticed steady relief to my back pain in each session & for the first time I felt like I was getting somewhere.

But… surprisingly… I also started to notice improvements to my headaches.

Intrigued, I decided to continue with the sessions, and before long had complete headache relief!

– James, Auckland Craniosacral Therapy

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