The first step towards healing is always the biggest. The choice to make a change, seek guidance, ask for help, admit there’s pain, or feel the tug of desired progress and growth.
Our bodies are often a glaring signal to our minds that a shift is needed. I love the human body! It is such a mystery, always changing, and no two are the same. The body is my foundation – it’s the place I return to for guidance in both my work and my personal life, the home base that I carry with me everywhere I go; I trust its signals.
Sometimes the noise it makes is loud and obvious….“look here at this hurting and swollen knee….Injury! Injury! Injury!” Sometimes the message is subtle…a whisper.…a little disruption in energy flow, a slight abnormal shift in the spine, a fleeting pain, or the individual’s awareness that “something just isn’t quite right.”
Learning to Listen
My own body is often the receiver of messages from clients on the table – a sensor in its own right. I am happy to hold space for those sensations within my treatment room. It helps guide my work and the treatment’s focus. It allows me to relate, connect, and adjust to each client’s needs.
I have become a master at listening. Ask the right question, and the body will give you the answer – even if the mind hasn’t yet formulated a response to the question.
CranioSacral Therapy has been my greatest teacher in this lesson. It’s quiet, subtle, contemplative work based on the foundational ideology that each person has the power to heal right within themselves. As a clinician, it is my job to inspire that healing, give it a nudge, encourage growth, and empower the owner to claim their own knowing. It is not my place to take credit for healing; the work is the individual’s on the table.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy utilizes and works with the central nervous system to ensure proper flow and rhythm. Our entire body functions off of the nervous system’s signals, and its ability to transmit smooth and accurate messages is critical to our overall health and healing.
As a physical therapist, my manual therapy has shifted over the years from a more assertive application of pressure and force to a much more comfortable encouragement of mobility and functional elasticity. The gentleness of the work creates a safe space for self-expression and release. The release can come in the form of pain relief, tension release, expansion within the system, self-awareness and recollection of influential life events, and sometimes just a higher sense of whole-person healing and growth.
CranioSacral work is something that I myself make a priority to receive on a regular basis, whether or not I have pain. It has been profoundly helpful in very unexpected ways at times – a catalyst to personal growth really. I am treated once a month and have come to crave the relaxation and growth that follows each session. It is a deep relaxation that I don’t always realize I need until I actually get it. I feel grounded and much more confident in my own body’s knowing and higher intelligence. There is always room for growth in every body, and CranioSacral Therapy is a way of grasping that potential.