About Us – Craniosacral Therapy and Traditional Acupuncture in York and Harrogate

Re-Connect to Health was founded by Sylvia Schroer and  Paul Arif Hewitt who trained together at the Craniosacral Therapy Education Trust. Sadly, Paul Arif passed away, peacefully in his sleep, in September 2015.  For those wishing to remember Paul Arif please click here.

Craniosacral Therapy and Traditional Acupuncture are powerful forms of energetic healing. Energetic healing restores health and well being by reconnecting to the body’s original blueprint, or health matrix. This inner core of health is always present within us from when our life begins – hence the name we chose: Reconnect To Health

A brief introduction to the main therapies provided is offered below. It is important to state that Sylvia works with each client using a tailor made, iterative approach, looking together at what therapies suit best, according to a client’s preferences and their responses to the treatment. Sometimes Chinese herbs are also recommended. Being able to combine these powerful therapies, and to help people to optimise their health and wellbeing, is a great privilege and well worth all the years of study.

Craniosacral Therapy

This short introductory film about craniosacral therapy may assist your understanding of this gentle healing modality An Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy by Sylvia Schroer PhD

Here is a radio interview about craniosacral therapy with paul Arif Hewitt and Sylvia Schroer

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Life expresses itself as movement and every living tissue of the body ‘breathes’ with the movement of life. Subtle waves of energy flow through our bodies, nourishing, healing and protecting us as they flow through us. These subtle rhythmic waves and ‘tides’ are what Craniosacral therapy practitioners are trained to feel.

During the course of our lives we have to deal with all sorts of accidents, shocks,and difficulties. Sometimes these problems cause tension and constrictions that get stuck in the body, hindering the flow of movement. This is what the Craniosacral therapy practitioner ‘listens’ for with their hands. The human hand can pick up movement of up to one micron – or a thousandth of a millimeter. Everyone has this potential to feel. The Craniosacral therapy practitioner has learned to develop and apply their sense of touch to feel tiny changes and movements in the body.

Craniosacral Therapy for trauma and stress     

There are several useful metaphorical  ways to understand practically how Craniosacral therapy works. Finding the problem is a bit like sitting blindfold in front of a table, holding a table cloth in your hands. If an object, lets say a vase of flowers, is placed on the table it is possible to tell where it has been placed by gentle tugging on the cloth. In Craniosacral therapy the practitioner feels for the ‘vase of flowers’ in the body. Another metaphor is called ‘tracking the tide’. One can imagine a sea shore with the waves coming in. With perfect health these waves would arrive evenly with the same rhythm onto the beach – but if there are obstacles, the waves and tide must move around them.  Equally if the body system is depleted or agitated the tidal rhythm is affected.

In the biodynamic approach to Craniosacral therapy there is no manipulation, instead the practitioner follows the body’s own natural healing processes, recognising that the body is always trying to find a way to heal itself. Healing is encouraged through enabling the patient to reach a place of absolute stillness and calm, and the practitioner uses verbal skills and respectful, negotiated, gentle touch, to encourage the patient to deeply connect with their own healing resources.

Craniosacral therapy is suitable for everyone and combines well with conventional medicine, and other therapies.

To read an article about Re-Connect To Health in York Press click here



Radio interview with Sylvia Schroer about non invasive acupuncture     

Traditionally based acupuncture is founded on the principles of Chinese medicine. Using careful diagnosis a practitioner can, by working with needles, or other methods such as ‘moxabustion’, influence the body’s ‘qi‘. When the qi flows smoothly, unobstructed and in a balanced harmonious way then health and well being can be supported and illness symptoms and painful conditions are potentially ameliorated.

A wide range of acupuncture styles are offered at Re-Connect to Health. Sylvia, who has been practicing acupuncture since 1990, specialises in Five Element acupuncture and gentle Japanese acupuncture methods, including Toyohari  – a form of acupuncture that uses classical diagnostic and treatment methods and pain-free needle techniques. Sylvia is also qualified in Chinese herbal medicine, using the Japanese Kampo approach.

To read a newspaper article about Sylvia Schroer’s acupuncture work using the contact needling methods of Toyohari in York Press click here

Sylvia Schroer PhD is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the  Craniosacral Therapy Association