April 26, 2019
Ode to Kai – Life in the Old Dog Yet
Ever been through the barrage of tests and endless consultations with different medical experts to be told they can’t see anything wrong with you and that it’s all in your head and yet, the physical symptoms are painfully obvious to you?
Well actually – no it’s not all in your head. Psychosomatic illnesses really are very real and sensed in your body. The problem is trying to interpret what your pain is trying to scream at you.
1. caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress or
2. The mind and body together (Concise Oxford Dictionary).
I like to interpret that as your body showing you the way – if you are able to receive its message. Trouble is, we’re very good at distancing ourselves from our experiences and we shut out the aches and pains until they become part of the tissue of our lives.
And this is where the beauty of Craniosacral Biodynamics really comes into its own. Originating in Osteopathy 150 years ago, it has subsequently been developed and refined as a tool that works, not only on the physical, but also on the mental/ emotional and even spiritual level simultaneously.
By working to bring an overwhelmed nervous system back to homeostasis (balance), the Craniosacral Therapist engages the client in dialogue, enabling him/her to reconnect to themselves. This is always done by drawing their awareness to the inherent good health whose presence may be masked by the overriding current symptoms.
However, the potential for health is always present. Working with this inherent good health allows the client to connect present felt sensations to past origins – or past upsetting events or experiences and presents the opportunity for the body to release long-held patterns of stress and restore whole-body integration.
Here’s a recent example from my own practice, where the client felt sensations in the body which opened up a dialogue about experiences in the past, leading to reduction in pain and relief of symptoms:
‘I visited Shirley today. I came in with a contorted body, face and demeanor. A few months ago I had an accident that led to two knee surgeries with a chronic side effect leaving me with nonstop shooting pain in my seat (to say it nicely). I have been sleeping in an upright position for the last five weeks for only a few hours at a time.
In my session today I reached an unexpected, very welcome calm that I haven’t felt in way too long while lying on my back and sitting. What a relief! Indeed Rest, Respite, Relief!’’
And the following morning:
‘Good morning! I cannot believe how I feel today. And I slept. Both on my back and on my stomach. What a gift’.
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