Auckland Craniosacral Therapy

Gentle therapy that can be effective for headaches


Craniosacral is very gentle with no manipulation. If you are sensitive or in pain you are in safe hands.

Long Lasting

Craniosacral releases trauma from tissues at a deep level. This is a long lasting change.

Trauma Release

Craniosacral excels at trauma release. Trauma may be behind longer term pain & tension symptoms.

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

What causes headaches?

The cause of headaches is not fully understood & medical research continues. Usually medications are offered as a treatment and although effective in the short term, don’t always provide long term relief.

From a Craniosacral perspective, headaches are most often the result of a deep tension pattern in the body that keeps resurfacing until it is addressed. Sometimes we are not aware of the pattern as we get used to it over time. Some causes of tension patterns that can result in headaches are:


  • 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.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy is a soft tissue treatment that works to release trauma & deep tension patterns in the body – often the cause of headaches. The practitioner uses very light contact to work with the craniosacral system – the inherent tissue movements of the body.

Places of contact are often the feet, head and sacrum (tailbone), but the therapist will work where it is most appropriate to address your issue. A typical treatment is usually around 40 minutes.

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 subtle 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

James Stichbury

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist,
10 years experience, Dip BCST, BE


38 Rossmay Terrace, Kingsland

Clinic Hours

Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat – 9am-3pm
Allow 1hr for appointments.
Eftpos available

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