CranioSacral Therapy & SomatoEmotional Release
The body is a wise part of us. It is our record keeper: it stores every memory, thought and feeling since being born, and even before we are born. Therefore, it is a part of us that has important information about why we are “not well”.
CranioSacral Therapy is a hands-on treatment that accesses the deeper tissues and structures of the body, namely those surrounding the brain and spinal cord. You might call this "core healing work", as it addresses our core - the nervous system.
I believe that every trauma we experience goes deep into the body, and stays there as an energetic blueprint, or memory. CST can access these deeper blueprints, through our fascial system. This system is our "living body armour" that surrounds everything in the body. It is the connective tissue that stores memory and experience.
The body is the lead in CST therapy. As therapist, I place my hands onto the recipient's body and wait. I never force, as after many years as a deep tissue RMT, I discovered that forcing the body to relax and unwind does the exact opposite: creates tension, and drives trauma further into the body. The goal is to help the body feel safe.
The body directs the focus and provides the opportunity to resolve what is being held that is blocking up the entire system, in a safe and supportive environment.
An integral component to CST is “SomatoEmotional Release” (SER), which is the discharge of physical and emotional memories from the body, which may happen during a session. CST gently releases frozen memories and emotions that are trapped in the tissues.
In combination with Somatic Experiencing® (see below) this is done at a slow pace, to avoid overwhelm and encourage integration.
Somatic Experiencing® - Touch Work
SE™ is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders. It seeks to discharge “traumatic shock” from the body and nervous system, within a safe tolerance level. It helps to renegotiate past experiences that create physiological and psychological dysfunction and pain.
SE™ Touch Work integrated with bodywork can increase a person's capacity for challenging body sensations and suppressed emotions. It is a way to slow down and slowly expand the nervous system, and encourage the resolution of blocked fight, flight or freeze energy.
SE™ was discovered and developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine for over 45 years and has been proven to be “key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.” (Read more at www.traumahealing.org)
**I have completed my SE™ studies and am waiting for licensure.
Transforming Touch® is a series of touch-based protocols that address Developmental Trauma (DT), and the ruptures that occur during early development (in utero, birth, and up to 9 months of age).
It is a somatic touch therapy that facilitates nervous system regulation, repairs ruptures in early platform development (primitive reflexes) and connects with the non-verbal trauma that lives in the body.
Developmental trauma occurs when a sense of safety in early life (in utero or after birth) comes under threat. This creates a stress response that can impact the normal sequence of growth in the fetal/infant brain. This then leads to various sensory, physiological and psychological issues as the person grows through childhood and into adulthood.
How do you know you have DT? You may experience an innate fear inside of you and never feel safe in your body or environment. Or, you may just think or feel you have trauma but are not sure where it is from. Stress on the mother/parents while you were in utero, traumatic family environments, a difficult birth, and early health issues are also basic indicators.
The treatment involves a specific protocol of touch and body movements that open the body and brain for repair to happen. This can be used in combination with CranioSacral therapy or other modalities to enhance their benefits.
Transforming Touch® was developed by Stephen J. Terrell, PsyD, SEP, an expert in the field of Developmental Trauma and Adoption from Austin, Texas. You can learn more about him and this work at www.austinattach.com.
Reiki & Traditional/Shamanic Healing
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is an ancient Japanese healing technique. It is hands-on-healing, using “universal life energy”. The energy is channelled through the practitioner to the recipient, whereby the recipient’s body uses the energy to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Reiki promotes relaxation, stimulates the body’s innate healing processes, and has the ability to shift consciousness.
I find Reiki has a tremendous ability to release blockages from the body. It directly addresses the fascial system (just like CST), and can release tension from stress and pain.
Traditional/Shamanic Healing involves therapeutic work on the soul and energy body (aura). In shamanic traditions, it is believed that every human dis-ease or disharmony begins on the energetic level: that is, at the level of the soul’s blueprint, and aura or energy field. Shamans sense imprints in the human energy field that are harmful, and use traditional methods to bring healing and balance back into the system.
This was how trauma was healed going back tens of thousands of years. It is highly effective and powerful in cleansing dense auric and physical bodies, restoring vitality and “soul” energy to a traumatized person, and reconnecting to ones’ guardian souls. I have seen great transformation from this deeply ritualistic work.
Ancestral Healing - Clearing The Patterns In The Lineage(s)
This process was taught to me by Heloisa da Silva Porto and is based on several systems and practices of Ancestral reverence and healing. The methods are transformational and based on quantum physics and family mapping.
We access the system of information that exists in one of your lineages, trace the Origin of the pattern that has been passed down through time, and connect to the Healing Potential that exists. It is a guided process that is done with much love, compassion and kindness. It is ceremonial in nature.
I have received and practiced these methods for healing my own lineages, and have found them powerful and transformational.
To best prepare yourself for a session, some self-reflection is needed. If you have never done any ancestral work before, we can talk about ways to best support this initiation into your Ancestral lines.
I will offer the best ways to prepare for this work, and have access to supervision and support if needed.
Resources: Daniel Foor's "Ancestral Medicine", Malidoma Some, Heloisa da Silva Porto