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.
Read Blissing Out Can Change Your Brain – Part III