Unwinding Places of Discomfort

I am very often drawn into conversations about what role the client plays in their recovery process. How wonderful (debatable!) for a client if they didn’t have to take responsibility for their healing and left it completely to the therapist to wield the magic wand. Healing, however, on rare occasions favors a one-way ticket. Even in therapeutic settings a give and take melody is struck.

The Free Dictionary translates Unwinding as, ‘”to free (someone) of nervous tension or pent up energy.” That’s one of the things a craniosacral healing session can foster, most definitely.

Therapist as Catalyst

In craniosacral treatments, clients feel some amount of relief in the very first session. What makes the therapist a good enough catalyst to provoke a state of near-bliss, just when the client has given up all but hope to get well somehow?

The answer to this is the centering within the mind body of the therapist, his or her sensitive disposition, and refined palpatory skills, beside the client’s progressive attunement to it all. Sounds simplistic, but it isn’t entirely so.

More often than not, clients come to therapy carrying an overload of neuromuscular stress. Their bodies are probably not in the mood to entertain additional or even sudden intervention. That makes craniosacral healing such a huge enactment of slow-paced and gentle changes that begin to take place in the body.

It’s not unlike unwinding of a spring in a system/s that are high strung and wound up; and the unwinding takes place in the fascia to begin with, for that’s where the stress has over time laid down.

Client as Instinctive Helper

Any kind of immediate release can be linked to the touch of the therapist. In safe, trusting, gentle, and neutral hands. Any kind of release or adjustment in the client’s body or mind can be attributed as well to their willingness to free-fall and let go. Which I mean is a prerequisite to any kind of long-term change. A willingness to handle a different perspective.

Thank heavens for mechanoreceptors embedded in the fascia. They detect gentle cranial touch as mechanical sensation that’s relaxing and that which stimulates a parasympathetic response in the ANS. Lo behold, the therapist has clinical proof that it’s working – swallowing, twitching, REM, and eventually deeper diaphragmatic breathing.

I love cranial work for the very truth that conscious mind succumbs to the no-pressure persuasion of touch. In time, if the client sticks on with commitment towards healing, s/he sees a marked change in their thinking process. They learn a thing or two about mindfulness and living in the present moment. As they begin to observe rising and subsiding phenomena in their mind and body.

CNS as Helpful Co-creator

The CNS (central nervous system) is key participant in cranial treatments. Another clinical observation as a therapist is seeing CNS commands to the musculoskeletal system to let go and relax. So, muscle tone eases up, at times joints, which are areas of compression, throw off stress via movement. Limbs register motion, also numbness and temperature changes, as reaction to old registered trauma seeking release.

Clients observe involuntary muscular movement and are quite taken aback by it. At times, I too am struck by various movements in the client’s body – tremors, jerks, vibrations, and sudden flicks.

Let’s stop here and consider what might be triggered by the client’s thought process or vivid imagination, for these involuntary reflexes to get initiated by the therapist’s touch? Could it be true that muscles get activated by thoughts? I like to think that I have success with helping my clients to unravel theirs. Are those thoughts broken, happy, anxiety provoking, sad, helpless, etc? I have noticed in this work a tendency for muscles to unwind when old forgotten stories unfold.

A Combination Key

Craniosacral therapy provides this via responses initiated by touch, in both the ANS and CNS. Both these eventually create relaxation and ease in the body and the mind. Or in other words, “…free (someone) of nervous tension or pent up energy.”

 I recommend at least 8 sessions to witness an observable shift in skeletomuscular tension.

If you like change then you have to work at it and be around for sometime at least to see its manifestation.

 

 

 

 

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Glimpses of True Liberation ~ in and From The Body

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Craniosacral therapy typically is sought by new clients for resolution of their physical ailments. Rarely is the connection made to the mind in dysfunctional physiology. Even rarer is the insightful person that walks in and states, “I suffer from emotional trauma and I can’t find the place in my body where it is lodged.”

‘Psychosomatic’ is still just a word in the lexicon of most people. They still need a lengthy explanation of it before they commit to this or any other alternate therapy.

So what do atypical clients learn in a few sessions that would be so remarkable and which, most times, causes healing at deeper cellular levels. It’s what I call instant karmic resolution thrown in with the client’s free will to change themselves at any cost. By themselves emotions are neutral, they discover. Emotions align with their thoughts and in time form perceptions. These gradually or rather insidiously metamorphose into their belief systems. Intractable at their best!

The learning for all such clients, who have understood the above, is immense.

Lighting up the Inside World

Clients may or may not recognize what they are feeling, or have felt in the past, with regard to their experiences. But, in their sessions they are likely to in time perceive sensations within the body. Heat, cold, tightness, looseness, darkness, numbness, tingling, relaxation, burning, circular motions, zigzag movement, constriction, and many other things. Connecting these sensations to feelings, memories, visions, insights, etc, startle some people into instant awareness of the source of their problem. For others it may take longer to make these connections, but in time they do as well. It’s all good work!

Emotions in Transition

The next thing the client understands is the transitory nature of these feelings and sensations. They watch over a few sessions the coming and receding of such things within the body. Their learning is that they can bear to be with difficult experiences after all. This is a liberating insight!

Opposites Can Co-exist

They learn then to distinguish between positive and negative feelings, both of which can be simultaneously withstood. So, one can gain in ones ability to feel joyfulness even in the midst of depressive thoughts and thus prevent oneself from sliding into any kind of irredeemable state.

Learning Self Compassion

Getting familiar with this process of getting to know sensations and feelings, one leading to the other, a client learns to skillfully traverse what lies on the inside with true self-compassion. When clients understand their own processing, they actively work at understanding others.

Metabolic Processing

We intimately know and follow our metabolic processes in the body don’t we, because we savor our eating experiences. Memories and feelings are connected to chemical components as well, in the shape of neurotransmitters. These chemical substances are metabolized (read broken down) when we get ready to let negative feelings dissolve.

Curious to Know Self Better

From previously repressing difficult emotions, clients become curious to understand themselves better via these. So fear for instance can open the doors to feelings of timidity and inferiority trapped inside. This teaches them to locate more of their psychic selves hidden in their bodies.

Taking Responsibility For Oneself

People don’t necessarily pay attention to their own complex natures. And thus their difficult feelings are projected out into the world. In craniosacral treatment the evidence that humans lead multilayered emotional lives is seen from inside. What starts out as frustration may turn into deeply held anger. It takes courage to acknowledge this anger as ones own to release.

Becoming Energized

A therapist can use empathy towards clients to track the inside of their bodies, with compassion and loving attention. Without judgment from both, this process becomes quickly an energizing one. And who doesn’t want to feel energized?

The Outside Connection to Inside

The realization that their outside world influences and changes with their inside one is surprising for most people, at first. For they have never before connected the two. Once they start managing their inside world – of feelings and sensations – learning to live without overwhelm, the outside becomes far easier to handle most times.

In good time, the natural world….of relationships, wants, needs, disappointments, joys….becomes one to be in not to be of. This could be called the final liberation.

When we are liberated from our travails we truly become courageous. And like EFT Master Lindsay Kenny teaches us in her Tapping tree model, we can indeed master our emotions at the branches of the tree.

 

 

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Slowness

A somatic therapist or a body worker is taking on a lot when they meet the client’s needs for healing. The therapist meets head on physical responses and intense emotions when the client’s body opens to these in the space of a session/s. In short, the therapist can never retire from self-understanding and growth. For, as a therapist grows continually in their own mind and body so can they offer the right mix of letting go and integration in the client’s healing process.

Therapy isn’t yet the first choice for healing, for many people around the world. If maybe due to its unhealthy reputation, of being a treatment modality for ‘mentally ill’ patients. However, increasingly clients these days are appreciative of a trusting and safe place to download their pain-filled stories and repressed feelings of anger, guilt, shame, and other admissions of wrongdoings.

I believe craniosacral therapy sessions are a sacred initiation into such deeper transformations of the human self.

Slow Timing

Without doubt the grist for the mill in any somatic healing work is the right timing for intervention, in the space of the session. The practitioner has to incorporate in their very own nature the ability to be spacious, still and slow paced.

In any intervention, whilst honoring the client’s trust in us, we seek the most basic technique rather than a convoluted one. Why? Trauma needs ample space to unravel. Being too quick to intercede on behalf of the client’s systems can lean towards re-traumatization or overwhelm.

Reducing somatic processing to a slow trickle helps hesitant clients as well, surrender to the flow of sensations in the body.

Active Listening

Actively being listened to, and having their frustrations normalized, is one way of bringing clients into parasympathetic (rest and relaxation) expression in their bodies. And the modality can be very basic. Just introducing them to the right breathing techniques, alleviating their posture difficulties, and helping them re-align their self-sabotaging beliefs.

In pain and suffering, it’s easy to fall into a trap of assuming one’s situation as karmic, unique or/and as punishment. And this fallible judgment on self keeps a lot of suffering hidden for fear of being seen as flawed by others. By becoming aware of the commonness of their experiences, clients sigh with relief to know they are not uniquely neurotic as they once believed. The understanding and empathy received from a therapist can untie the knots in this mistaken belief.

Keeping this process slow rather than time-bound allows for deeper integration.

Slow Beginning to End

In therapy the journey is far more significant than the destination. Each session, a rite of passage with a new level of self-understanding, ought to be taken and enjoyed unhurriedly. There are different kinds of clients and thus different experiences had by them. Humans aren’t geared to take on too much too quickly. Some of them even fear glimpsing into their somatic stories. The slower the better for all kinds!

The depth of healing may correlate to the gradualness of the internal processing. So it may be necessary to pace out a session from beginning to end. That calls for acute attunement with a client’s system, to know precisely how and when to begin somatic work and how to end as well.

I do believe that the presence and acknowledgment of Spirit is addressed hugely in craniosacral treatments. For Spirit appears to me to be a slow moving energy force emerging from its quality of pure stillness.

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The Role of Hope in Suffering

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“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a larger intelligence and a deep heart.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Abandoning hope. That’s the one thing, perhaps, that’s near impossible to achieve, given our need as humans to be in control of life. Also that’s because we live either in the past or the future and continue wanting both to change. When we fall sick we don’t want to suffer pain even for a minute. We want instant pain relief, and so most of us settle for painkillers and anti-inflammatory aid. And if it’s pleasure we seek, then too short-term gratification will do nicely. OTC medications work in the short duration and then we are back to hoping, for the pain has come back unvaryingly.

Hoping Big For Miracles

Usually a hope-encrusted client comes to alternate therapy after having exhausted all other remedial measures, but with lingering hope yet, to slay suffering. They want something to come out of craniosacral healing. Something else, something big, quick and long lasting, while all along holding on to a cherished lifestyle!

What I say to my clients is, “don’t come to alternate therapy trying to get something out of it.” Because then you are stuck between worry and anxiety, unable to get off the wheel of past anguish and anticipated future sorrow. “Come instead to experience whatever arises in the moment. Moment to moment, watch the unfolding of your life. There’s beauty even in perceiving the arising and dissolving of pain, as long as you remain a witness.” And i am not talking masochism here.

Hoping Against Suffering

Suffering, whether in the body or mind, causes our consciousness to get trapped in negative thoughts, feelings and sensations.

As we develop and escalate hope to end this suffering, in a way, we get attached to its outcome. And then we invite hope into complicity of becoming a fast friend to us (in chronic pain for the rest of our life). We develop a victim mentality and we have faithful hope by our side. But, that’s not what we want, do we?

Instead, we might want pain to simply flow through us on its way out. We could enlist any body system – circulatory, musculo-skeletal, fascial, excretory, etc – for this elimination role.

Hope Into Acceptance

Craniosacral therapy treatment introduces a new conceptual way of being with your own self. In the moment. Being alive, more than you have ever been, you develop new vision about how to feel and act depending on what’s arising in you. You make choices and learn to become responsible for these. There’s a whole lot of cognitive power there, nothing that anybody else outside of you can ever give you.

But in this suffering moment if you get caught up in ‘what was’ and, ‘what could be’ you lose out via disappointment. Because you are never pleased. In both these moments (the past and future) you aren’t in the present, moreover, you are powerless to change the past or foresee a future. The control we derive from craniosacral healing comes when we let go of both these variables and instead learn to be with the arising of each new moment. What arise are safety and trust. Hope then transcends into acceptance. And suffering into healing.

 

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Blissing Out Can Change Your Brain – Part III

Our sessions had begun in earnest, because she was a client committed to purging her body of the ill effects of alcohol. She revealed a family history of alcohol abuse, a fact she hid before. This disclosure led to others, with equally long-lasting influences on her life.

CST is friend to the harmonious workings of the CNS (central nervous system). This system includes the brain and the spinal cord – neural tissue that embodies and promotes health everywhere in the body. From my experience as a therapist with alcohol users, the CNS shows up differently each time.

Interestingly, touch on a client’s body sends signals to the brain, improving its functions. With my client, over time, a cognitive shift was seen with respect to controlling an urge to drink limitlessly and to curbing an impulse to swing into action at the first sign of discomfort.

The brain in general has space around it, devoted to its bouncy and fluidic nature. This is what I have palpated time and again. A craniosacral therapist can gauge by light touch, contractions in the neural connective tissue – whether nerves, bone, blood or membranes – in the head. By staying present to the goings-on inside her head, over a number of sessions, we came to a place wherein the newly triggered dull throbbing fell silent.

The brain interprets touch in a certain way and if found favorable relaxes its vice-like hold on the pain mechanism in the body. Though she felt no other pain in the body, she felt laxity in her muscles making her inactive and dull. It was wonderful for her to see how that changed.

It’s understood that the brain responds to signals or stimuli, to accordingly activate muscles and other connective tissue. In her case somehow the brain wasn’t getting to do its job. And this is where the connection to her alcohol consumption comes in. Her brain was getting impacted somehow. We didn’t need to know where and how at this point.

The quality of touch offered to my client had a stimulating effect on her within a couple of sessions, with the connection and communication between her connective tissue body and brain restored.

Craniosacral touch sets off the somatosensory system – whole clockwork of activity between the sensory organs, the spine, and the higher centers in the brain. It helps to switch off over-activation in the sympathetic nervous system or rouse an inactive parasympathetic system. In her case it invoked a sympathetic charge in order to bring some life back to her musculoskeletal system.

We made tremendous progress quickly. There was much more ground to cover, however, in the sessions to come. Substance and alcohol abuse is a deeply layered issue. It takes time and collaborative effort to arrive at the core belief and need for external stimulation in the client. Chances of reversals are high, but equally high are chances of recovery.

Craniosacral treatment in combination with therapy for behavior modification can work a miracle into someone’s life. Like anything else in life, this healing work deserves a commitment to self-healing and self-restoration from the client. My job as a therapist is to be there when that happens.

 

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Blissing Out Can Change Your Brain – Part II

It’s easier to spot physical pain on/in the body of a client by, amongst actual internal physiological damage, their posture; grimaces on the face; and, some times, expletives muttered under the breath. On the other hand a person with a mental disorder could walk in looking fabulously in control. Any tendency towards uncontrolled behavior is masked, probably been vented out elsewhere just prior to the meeting in the clinic.

So this client was dead serious when she said she was desperate to try out craniosacral healing to treat her alcohol urges. She wasn’t aware of any body harm because of it. A giveaway was her sluggish body, often seen with alcohol users. In recent months she had begun to show slight cognitive decline becoming forgetful and foggy, a cause for further annoyance.

Lately, she had begun to assess her own “crazy” behavior after a binge and was “horrified” at her loss of control. She felt high anxiety levels when she tried weaning herself off. She knew not how to come out of the clutches of this deeply held desire to drink. So my client had come along looking for craniosacral healing for her anxiety as well as for parting ways with alcohol.

Unless someone has had requisite investigation done, via fMRI maybe, there’s no way to make a definitive prognosis about any brain damage from alcohol consumption. And ‘course she hadn’t any tests on her. So I had no way of knowing initially what I was going to encounter.

Cranial therapy has a way around that. It’s such a simple solution that a newbie client may disbelieve its success rate. And that is to simply support places of health prevalent in the client’s body, no matter its state of dis-ease. This is always the preferred path in craniosacral therapy treatment, rather than trying to ‘cure’ what’s amiss. Because many times what’s lost to the body in terms of illness is done so for ever, so why not redeem health instead?

The Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the brain is known for its differing effect on different parts of the brain. The affected brain parts are, the cerebellum; medulla also called the brain stem; cerebral cortex; limbic system; and the master gland combination – hypothalamus and pituitary. That doesn’t leave much to ones imagination of what can possibly go wrong in cognitive terms, in brains exposed to even moderate amount of alcohol.

To know it in simple terms, alcohol influences the inhibitory and excitatory nerve pathways, in the brain, by enhancing the former and suppressing the latter. Both these actions lead to a sluggish response in the body once the initial high effects of alcohol wear off. To say the least, the nervous system of an alcohol drinker has seen better days of functionality.

In healing touch therapy such as this one, gentle and non-invasive touch petitions a healing response in brain function. The right kind of touch has positive influence with brain plasticity. Damage to the brain can be reversed to varying degrees in people, dependent on the history of alcohol use.

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Blissing Out Can Change Your Brain – Part I

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Thesaurus idioms and synonyms of bliss out: be full of the joys of spring, be as high as a kite, feel like a million dollars, delirious, contented, high-spirited……

It’s perhaps unwise for a person who relishes alcohol – from moderate to a large amount – to think s/he can get away willy-nilly from experiencing some damage to the brain and body. Alcoholism is considered a medical disorder (read mental health problem) that has long-term effects on the mind and the body. So for healing to commence, a person ready to start the recovery process may begin with either or both.

The promising thing about craniosacral therapy is that it treats both together.

It’s not ideal when a reluctant family member is dragged into my clinic for addiction treatment intervention. Such a client faces shame within the family and yet isn’t ready to give up something s/he enjoys to a great extent and sees no immediate harm from. My job isn’t to convince anyone to give up on anything they don’t want to. Rather it is to teach them to cope with (the effects of) harmful behavior that they cannot just yet prevent, but eventually do.

Binge drinking isn’t uncommon, never has been. Cloaked in the guise of a stress buster, alcohol and substance abuse make for “terrific” parties and bonhomie amongst like-minded friends. The newly arising part, my clients tell me, is that there are dwindling numbers of people restraining from letting loose their inhibitions.

Reams of literature on the subject litter the path out there; just check the World Wide Web. So, why then are alcohol (and related stuff) lovers knight-like in their fierce support of these brain damaging substances? The answer lies in the psychological make up of the individual. There aren’t two similar people in this together. Each differs from the other depending on their Tolerance level to alcohol indicated by protein MUNC 13-1 found in the brain. The higher the Tolerance level, larger is the amount of alcohol needed to get one into a state of bliss.

There’s good news too. Alcohol lovers, when sober between spells, look at their families with renewed love and hope in their heart. My clients do. And sometimes when the spell (no pun intended) is broken, they begin their journey home. One such client walked in to my clinic and here’s her story of restoration of spirit.

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Why is This World Such a Terrible Place?

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When my client presented (t)his internal dilemma to me, at our first interaction in my clinic, I kept myself out of the picture and refrained from piling him with my personal opinions about this world being a reasonably happy place. But is it really so?

How commonly and how often does a person get angry with surrounding people and at the world s/he see as dysfunctional? Not that often, you might say. But, that’s perhaps because your circle of friends and family include people who have ‘regular anxiety’ at things not going well or when they hear bad news. But not so with people suffering from either ‘depression or/anxiety disorders’. It’s really serious stuff in there.

An Upside Down View

My client looked at his world upside down. This alone influenced his perspective on even minor matters gravely. His is a world of hopelessness and despair, threat-filled days and panic. His daily interactions suffered from lack of understanding shown to him.

Clients like him that have unhooked themselves from any material attachment to false pretenses and defenses come for therapy wobbling frightfully on a sharp edge. If they are thinking straight, they do follow the advice of a well-wisher to explore craniosacral therapy for treatment for their depression and anxiety. That’s how he found me.

The Body Prioritizes Its Healing

Any craniosacral treatment procedure follows a protocol at my clinic for deep introspection with the body and mind. Whether whilst discussing the case history or on the therapy table if the need arises. The trauma behind a person’s depressive tendencies usually has an old and long history. In the course of a few sessions, using various relaxation techniques, the client’s mind body construct releases its hold over this history ready to go deeper.

Mood disorders are partly linked to chemical imbalances in the brain. Similar to this client others that I have seen have had a link between a psychological disturbance and somatic response like inflammation and pain in their connective tissue body. Or even a related pain in their chest or heart area. Sessions move slowly, over all this territory, just the way the client’s body prioritizes.

Much Needed Respite

What makes craniosacral therapy a suitable intervention in such cases is its immediate effect on the wellbeing of the person. This client’s reaction to his world was a heightened sense of anxiety towards real and perceived threats. The brain was in survival mode, activating the flight or fight mechanism at the slightest annoyance in the environs.

For a client living with an overwhelmed nervous system, a simple exploration of his body fluids and potency by gentle therapeutic hands brings a much-needed calming effect. Several sessions engaged us together, in simple strengthening of his inner and outer resources. He began to learn to look at the effects of old trauma circulating within. Many individuals do exteriorize their inner mental despair onto their physiological skin. He too had frequent bouts of hives, adding to his sense of hopelessness, feeding back into this cycle. He felt a lack of control in his life.

The Spine as Always

The spine is a body’s significant armor against attack on its defences. The spine protects the spinal cord an extension of the brain. If there are imbalances in the brain, the spine reflects those too. Thirty trillion plus cells around the body depend on the CNS – the brain and spine – to stay in communication and balance.

Apart from the importance of the spine’s structural integrity, health is also signified by uninterrupted messages sent via nerves to and fro the brain and cord, to all these amazing cells. Such is the predicament in mood disorders that a lack of control felt by the person – physiological and emotional – is also due to disruptions in this.

Waning of Symptoms

Craniosacral therapy for both anxiety and depression works wonderfully well over time, with the premise that any positive changes in the CNS affects the movement of cerebrospinal fluid. Without which a brain cannot flush out toxins and receive nutrients.

When these disorders exist comorbidly (together), symptoms take a while to come under control. My client is a long-standing one and a fighter. His panic/anxiety attacks are far reduced. His chronic depression is far from gone, but between two episodes now lies an ever-lengthening sojourn, of increasing self-belief and expectation that the world is “sometimes” a happy place too.

His commitment to finding and living his full potential is his reason for continuing with craniosacral healing.

 

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The trauma from avoiding trauma resolution

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The word trauma has Greek origins and means wound. A dictionary meaning of trauma is “severe emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience.”

Trauma an Inside Story

For most individuals trauma is what happens ‘to them’ and not what happens ‘in them’. Such people carry around for years unresolved trauma inside, for they still hope to change what’s not in their control; that what’s on the outside. A healing touch therapy such as cranio will help you know the inside trauma as well.

Negative feelings, thoughts and emotions spring within you, from what you perceive or from your reaction to the upsetting experience you have had. Little realising this, you end up harbouring great feelings of injustice and anger, arising from deep-felt and long-lasting hurt.

Consequences of Trauma

Emotional wounding is the consequence of trauma. Which also declares the longer you hold on to any disturbing experience the more you shut yourself down at a heart level. In many other bodily ways you express a similar response. A shut down.

The aftermath of trauma is far reaching. Which is not limited to your individual self, but impacts all others you are in relationship to.

Think anxiety and panic arising from not getting what you want in your close relationships. Fears of intimacy and vulnerability come from refusing to show yourself to your partner in true light, lest you are ridiculed or made fun of for your beliefs and thoughts. So you pretend and hide even from yourself, in time losing touch with your real self. Lack of emotional maturity gives people few tools to tackle shame that arises from failed relationships.

Relational Issues

Relational issues these days are as common as a cold. They come and overstay leaving in their wake deeply felt feelings of aloneness and depression. When you lose touch with a realistic sense of time and space, you begin to imagine the worst and become fearful of life itself.

Trauma from life issues is very real. It’s connected to severely disturbing events such as natural calamities and to unforseen events like accidents and deaths. When left unresolved, flashbacks to these events leave us grappling with PTSD, sleeplessness, chronic idiopathic pain, migraines, etc.

Craniosacral healing has a cognitive impact leaving you in a better place to handle difficult emotions.

Trauma Resolution a Must

Everything in your external world becomes a trigger for you, when you are in a physically and/or mentally weakened state. Instead of confronting your fears you fall sway to avoiding that which displeases, alarms, or even causes you short term frustration. But does that mean you are okay and should carry on in life irrespective of how you truly feel?

Not at all. Inside you, fears could be staging an inferno that could raze your self-belief to the ground.

The current good news is that trauma has an adversary. Large-scale breakthroughs in recovery therapy. Thanks to the efforts of pioneering neuroscientists, psychotherapists, craniosacral therapists, and healers. So there’s every chance of rediscovering your life purpose and not wasting your precious life in a smog of hopelessness.

What can you personally do to counter the ill-effects of trauma?

*Make emotional healing your priority. Don’t await a physical illness to prompt this effort.

*Learn to navigate childhood/developmental traumas to emerge as skillful partners in adult relationships.

*Seek to become safe and secure inside you first.

*Gain authenticity in your interactions and work towards developing trust.

*Your neural terrain inside is a good indicator of your wellbeing and resilience towards trauma. Know your thoughts and reshape them into positive ones.

*Just as you share your stories of trauma, spread your good fortune of recovering from it. Embody a life of gratitude.

*Have regular craniosacral healing with your therapist. For top amongst craniosacral therapy benefits is trauma resolution.

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Healing Touch Therapy

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Do we give much thought to the warmth we receive from the rays of the sun? Yes, we do, in an autonomic way, when our largest sense organ – our skin – informs us that we have had enough. We then consciously choose to step out of the sun to protect ourselves from the heat. Likewise when we receive any touch from another human we don’t like, we withdraw ourselves bodily. Our skin is remarkable at identifying touch sensations as hot, cold, itchy, creepy, pleasant, unpleasant, painful, sharp, etcetera.

In all cases such as these our life is greatly influenced by the information our skin sends via nerves to our brain and the decisions about actions transmitted by our brain to the rest of our body. This is our daily living.

What does a client experience in a Healing Touch therapy such as craniosacral? The touch receptors and the nerve endings or neurons (specialized nerve cells) in the client’s epidermal and dermal layers classify together as the somatosensory system. This system is super sensitive to the stimuli and signals it receives from a healing touch, the therapist’s healing touch.

The Simplicity of it All it Seems

A craniosacral therapist lays hands gently on a client’s body, with just enough pressure to make contact.

Astonishing interaction happens. Mechanoreceptors and thermo-receptors respond to the pressure and vibrations felt and the coldness or warmth in the touch. Neurons in the client’s superficial connective tissue body get primed to begin a cascading stream of information to some complex centers in the brain. The brain uses this information in ways to protect the organism.

Healing touch is simple and non-seeking and it derives information by merely listening. A client once asked me, “Do hands really listen?” Yes they do, with the help of the most sensitive mechanoreceptors present here called Merkel’s disks and Meissner’s corpuscles.

Craniosacral Therapy Benefits

Craniosacral therapy benefits the client’s brain. When the client’s higher brain centers perceive a touch as healing, they respond to its emotional context as well. A resourced therapist is this emotional context that could induce the release of happy positive neurotransmitters in the client’s body.

On-going stress and trauma are two significators of how healthy our mental and physical states are. It’s rare to find individuals with neither. Assuming that clients withhold such information initially, a gentle non-invasive touch can help a client’s mind relax and settle into an open space. For any restricting patterns in the body to arise and resolve, a cooperating mind plays a key role.

Touch as a Resource

How and when does the client’s brain decide it’s safe to let go? When the sensory system of touch is not impaired in a client, the response is fast and considered. This client’s mind relaxes in the blink of an eye, sending information to the body to follow suit. Inner resources are amply available to deal with stressors.

At times healing touch from even a therapist takes multiple sessions, to admit a sense of trust in the client’s system. In my experience a client’s auditory and visual systems can be induced as well to arouse sensations of touch. Softly shared verbal suggestions, visualizations, memory reconsolidation, all provide ways to support craniosacral healing.

It stands to reason that we need all our senses to collaborate together, to give us a unified picture of our environment. Yet, the primary sensory system of touch is what this is all about. How remarkable that healing can happen through touch.

 

 

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