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.
I have seen CST help with many conditions, especially the symptoms that result from:
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. In combination with Somatic Experiencing® (see below) this is done at a slow pace, to avoid overwhelm and encourage integration.
CST sessions can be a stand-alone therapeutic treatment but can also powerfully enhance and augment personal therapy with a Registered Psychotherapist or Counsellor.
SE™ is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders. It seeks to release “traumatic shock” from the body and nervous system, within a safe tolerance level for the client.
I include SE™ in my CST sessions by way of gently guiding my clients to increase their tolerance level to challenging body sensations and suppressed emotions. It is a way to slow down and build capacity within 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 )
**I am an SE™ Practitioner in Training .. I have completed by Beginner Year and am moving on to Intermediate in 2020.
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.