Craniosexual® Therapy for Women (CSXT)
Craniosexual® Therapy (CSXT) is an evolving therapeutic process whereby sexual energy is welcome to surface as a portal for self-awareness and healing. In CSXT sexual energy is a gate through which a deeper process of awareness is contacted. Sexual energy is a force that influences our disposition to live a healthy life with repercussions in all spheres of our lives.
From many years of study and practice and more recently teaching and clinically researching on the subject, Tânia has developed a body of work that uses various tools to empower women to become aware of old restrictive patterns and gently heal. It is a powerful and effective process that nourishes the soul and pave the road for positive transformation.
In CSXT work there is a strong element of mindfulness, and tracking of sensations in the body/mind hence creating a perfect container in terms of safety should trauma be part of the picture, which often is.
Craniosexual® Therapy is an integrative method developed by Tânia Gallindo.
It aims to address and release the shocks and traumas that women will frequently internalise and
are at the root of common symptoms such as pelvic pain, disconnection from (or tension in) the vagina and pelvic floor, lack of libido and sexual pleasure.
At the base of CSXT is the creation of a safe space from which to explore intimate issues in trust and without judgment.
It is unique in the way it brings together physical, energetic and emotional healing through guided and structured sessions.
More specifically Craniosexual® Therapy can support women experiencing the following:
*Birth trauma- Realigning of the whole pelvic area as well as addressing psychological and emotional issues related to the event
*Smear tests that left you in pain and traumatised- Softening and healing areas that have been approached in a rough manner
*Post-abortion- Helps with the uterine cramps and other symptoms related to it. Realigning womb and pelvis. It assists your psychological/emotional healing process
*Post-miscarriage - Helping you to release grief and any other symptoms such as cramps as well as realigning your womb and pelvis
*Pain in the Vulva and Vagina- Helping to explore in a relaxing way further reasons of why it is happening
*Pain due to Episiotomy or Scar tissue - Softening and increasing blood flow in the area and improving malleability of tissues
*After surgery or medical intervention that left you desensitised in your Vagina - Reestablishing communication with feelings, thoughts and sensation in the area and releasing traumatic imprints
*Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) - Physical and psychological healing
*After a colposcopy - Healing of tissues, helping to avoid possible adhesion formations around the cervix
*Fertility treatments - Releasing the body/mind stress caused by the IVF procedures
*Pain in the Vulva and Vagina - Helping to explore in a relaxing way further reasons of why it is happening
*Poor body image - Shifting conditioned beliefs about your body image
*Self-worthlessness - Increases Self- steel and self-worth
*Sexual Trauma - Changing the trauma narrative physically and psychologically to a more healthy one. Physical and emotional rewiring of negative imprints
*Lack of Libido - Awakens sexual arousal
The steps to this work
They involve verbal, physical and energetic evaluations and allow for an in depth exploration of the history, feelings and symptoms you would like to address. The initial work developed over 3 sessions are essential to build the necessary trust and establish a safe and comfortable therapeutic structure.
Each session will include some of the approaches below according to your needs and agreed purpose.
*Taoist Breast massage - Honouring experience that engages/awakens the pelvic structures such as the womb, ovaries and vagina
*Whole Body Massage - Increases relaxation aiding the internal work process
*Vulva Massage - Softening the area in preparation for internal work
*Intra-vaginal mapping/reading - Pin-pointing areas of tension, blockages and stress
*Intra-vaginal energy conversation - Shifting stagnant energy, realigning, relaxing and healing area. A Deeply relaxing work
Guided visualisation and imagery - Getting you in touch with sensation, feelings and imagination (used in combination with other approaches)
*Breathing exercises and voice work - Rediscovering areas of reduced sensation and arousal
*Body Talk - Engaging in conversation with areas of your body
*Home Exercises - A variety of resources for you to practice at home alone or with your partner. Self-massage, visualisations and various other exercises based in mindfulness, taoism and tantra to support your process
The benefits of Craniosexual Therapy include the following:
*Energetic release for the tissues and whole fascia of the immediate area
*Creating more space in the pelvis and vagina
*Realignment of vagina, womb and whole pelvic area
*Softening of tissues, improving the quality of texture and blood/collagen supply in the area
*Creating a more positive psychological/emotional narrative
*Improving self image, self-esteem and self-worth
*Internal body and felt/sense awareness that reframes the psychological/physical body
*Awakens natural sexual arousal
*Enhances freedom of expression sexually
*Relief of pain and tension in the pelvic area
*Embodiment of your emotional, spiritual, psychological and somatic self
*Introducing you to the magical world of your pelvis
* Sensing your whole body in a new way with more freedom of expression
During the first, as Tania began the treatment, I felt rushes of energy coursing through my body, a delicious pleasant tingling from the soles of my feet, up my spine and into my buttocks, then into my head and beyond. A feeling of healing energy washed through me during the session, and a deep relaxation.
In the second treatment, as Tania placed her hand over my pubic area, where I have experienced chronic long term pain for 3 years, an image came to me very clearly, of a newborn baby, just delivered from the womb, tiny and crinkled, and held in the arms of somebody just in front of me. I don’t know if I was the child, or if the child was mine. Then, the baby disappeared and an image came of hundreds of writhing snakes inside my body, a huge mass of intertwined serpents, a terrifying vision.
Then again, quite clearly, as my focus came to my yoni(Vagina), I heard the words “sorry, sorry, sorry”. The words and pictures came clear as a bell. That evening, I woke in the middle of the night, with painful prickling sensations over my whole body and pelvic discomfort, the resurgence of an old sympton that I hadn’t experienced in well over a year. There is no doubt in my mind that the treatment brought to the surface, and released, a layer of very deep healing.
As I meditated on the experience the next day, questions came up and passed. Whilst my mind questioned the “sorry” that was spoken three times, I acknowledge that it’s enough simply to have heard the words. And for the words to have been expressed. I don’t need to know who or what or why, but somewhere some time, something happened that shouldn’t have. And tears came in recognition of this. As the tears pass I became aware of a surge of strength, a strong sense of connection with self and I feel the deliciousness of being me, in this body, in this life. My feet feel rooted to the ground, yet I’m aware of my sensitivity – the yin and the yang. I feel present, noting the colour of the walls, the warmth of the blanket wrapped around me, and I feel a great peace within. I am love.
During my third treatment, my body felt stiff and frozen, none of the usual lovely tingles of energy moving through. I felt convinced that nothing would come up this time. Then as Tania placed her hand over my yoni, I saw an image of many bats, hundreds of them, fluttering and flying out of my body, as if they’d suddenly been disturbed. Like beating an old carpet, and watching the dust billowing out. I began to cry, racked with tears, and a huge sense of catharsis and release, followed by complete exhaustion. I had the strong sense that another shedding of old trauma had been released.
Moving into the last session, I felt a lovely completion. As Tania laid her hands on me, there was nothing dramatic, no images, no words, no extreme emotions. I just experienced a calm and grounded feeling, of being really connected and “in” my body. And the strong awareness that I am just a soul encased inside a physical body. My body and consciousness welcomed and soaked up Tania’s treatment, and I feel great appreciation that we were able to meet in this space and do such powerful work together.
My sessions with Tania were gentle, compassionate and I felt held in a very safe and sacred space with her, whilst we worked together. She fully listened to me from her heart, and to feel completely “heard” is a healing thing in itself.
I know that my sessions with Tania prompted a great surge of energetic healing, and emotions that were long held were released organically. And having been chronically unwell for the last few years it excited me to know that this treatment moved something very profoundly, away from stagnation into movement and flow
Tania gently but firmly touched the walls of my vagina while she described the points she touched followed by asking me how I felt and sensed the touch all the way. The whole process encouraged me to open up, I realised I had tension in different areas of my vagina and as they were released a sense of vitality and life force ensued. She also guided me to look at my own cervix for the very first time in my life. I particularly enjoyed the vaginal mapping and cranial work in this area which were deeply relaxing and serene.
Tania is a skilled therapist, sensitive and fully present in her approach. Her warmth and generous spirit made me feel instantly comfortable and her inquisitive nature has prompted me to also enquiry on my feelings, body sensations and thoughts making the experience for me extremely rich. I left feeling empowered, inspired and considering this treatment as a therapeutic process to have regularly.
The experience also made me think of the importance of this work for young women and teenagers. Its a type of work that increases self-esteem, self-confidence and empowers women through a felt sense of their own bodies. Women would less likely to experience negative sexual experiences and traumas as a consequence. This is how sexual education should be performed, in a positive way to empower not to scare.
After speaking on skype to Tania I intuitively decided to try Craniosexual Therapy. Tania is a warm and incredibly feminine lady who made me feel relaxed straightway. Her touch was gentle, sensitive and generous. The whole experience was very beautiful and thanks to her I felt very special in many ways.
After an initial talk and relaxing exercise she started to massage my body with oil. The massage was lovely and empowering even though she was massaging areas in my body that were very sensitive. Throughout the treatment she kept checking in with me and engaging my attention to what I was experiencing. The massage around my vulva was beautiful, such a sensitive and gentle touch.
As the treatment progressed in a slow paced manner with Tania making sure all was well as well as tracking my sensations she moved into a intra-vaginal massage. She explained to me in detail where she was touching every time she moved her gloved hands. Eventually we came through an area of discomfort on my right hand side of my vagina on the lower quadrant, I learned. The spot Tania was touching was very sensitive, where I had felt pain before in the past. A surge of emotion surfaced and I allowed it to be released. Tania talked to me in a reassuringly way which made me feel all was ok.
Tania started the craniosacral part of the treatment by holding the area in stillness I sensed a tremendous amount of activity in my lower tummy which Tania confirmed without me pointing it out. I felt I was under a process of deep healing where heat came followed by a softening and a soothing sensation, I felt safe. The spot Tania had gently contacted in my vagina brought a traumatic incident that I had experienced when I was 18 to surface. Having her fully listening to what had happened to me further helped me feeling seen and respected. The interesting was that while she held this area the spot in question felt like it was melting down.
At the very end of the treatment I had the opportunity to look at my own cervix. That was an exciting, very educative way to get in touch with an area most of us never see. I was in awe of the beauty within and together with the whole treatment I felt seen and empowered.
After the treatment on that afternoon I felt a heaviness and tenderness in my lower abdomen around my ovaries, suddenly I realised that they were realigning and that continued for a while. I contacted Tania and asked her if that was normal, it felt like my ovaries were talking to me. She replied: “what are they telling you?” And my answer was; “Slow down.” So she recommended me to follow my ovaries advice which I did. Next morning I felt very connected to my body, balanced, lighter and relaxed. There was a sense of expansion on the whole of my pelvis and my body, a wave of sensuality flowing through my whole body slowing me down beautifully. I am now a big fan of Craniosexual Therapy, a much needed work for women. It has given me an unique opportunity of connecting to my feminine body and to heal.