Richard Kramer

My journey to craniosacral therapy has not been straight forward – it was more like a slow
zig-zag.


After qualifying as a pharmacologist I worked in the NHS researching epilepsy and muscular
dystrophy. I loved the work but felt challenged by the over-dependance on drugs within
clinical practice. My interests were being drawn towards complementary medicine -
emphasising as it does the body’s capability to naturally self-heal. I have to say craniosacral
therapy wasn’t on my radar at this time, mid-1990s, nevertheless this profound therapy
kept crossing my path.


I recall taking my young son for craniosacral to alleviate his chronic glue ear. It helped and I
was impressed. Later working in industry, I use to arrange secondary care for victims of
industrial accidents. Craniosacral was rated highly by those who received it. Again, I took
notice.


I left industry to train as a teacher in further education and taught for a few years A-level
Biology. I finally decided to leave and retrain as a craniosacral therapist, which I did at CCST.
On graduating I joined the tutor team for 15 years.


Meanwhile, I was building my practice in North London. At the time craniosacral therapy
was not well known. To help change this I established a weekly Craniosacral Drop-In clinic in
a local community center. The Clinic was donation based offering craniosacral to all. Over
the course of the 21 years hundreds attended, as well as scores of craniosacral graduates,
who sought work-shadowing and assisted. I have recently retired from this clinic, but it’s still
running led by Zoe Rigby RCST.


Many of those attending as patients at the clinic initially did so for their babies, which drew
me to working increasingly in this field. Over the years I subsequently led several postgraduate
baby trauma courses. These would be followed by workshops, where many Mums
and Dads brought their babies for sessions.


Throughout the 2000s I was the Registrar for the Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA)
and worked with others on its evolution from a loose discussion group to a comprehensive
professional body. For my contribution I was kindly awarded a CSTA Fellowship.
I appreciate my journey as a craniosacral therapist has been quite extraordinary. I consider
myself as being very fortunate to have had this experience and continue to practice in
Crouch End, North London.