In my 12 years as a craniosacral therapist, I have seen many people respond beautifully to this profoundly gentle treatment. I have worked with athletes and stressed out business people, new Mums and babies, exhausted Dads, quirky kids and those recovering from surgery. Many people I meet do not know what this therapy is, so I thought I would share what happens here at Angels Rest.
How does it feel to give a craniosacral treatment?
Veronica : I am a trained biodynamic craniosacral therapist and an intuitive healer and I bring these modalities together to create a very safe and welcoming environment for people to feel deeply heard and comforted. There is great healing in being listened to. Most people listen only long enough to throw their 10 cents worth into the conversation, or they have an agenda to fix what they are hearing. To be deeply heard helps people process much of the trauma and discomfort in their lives as they unpack it.
When I listen to a client, I listen not only with my ears, but my eyes and my clairsensient gift. I am watching how the body is moving and responding and my intuitive gift means I am able to hear clear words as the client speaks in my mind such as "stuck grief" "rage" "Mum" or medical terminology like "biscuspid valve." The reasons for disease and conditions for anxiety and depression are not just chemical or medical. So often emotional trauma carried in the body, leaves a heavy imprint on the body systems and is the beginning of disease. With this work I can help clients unwind the problem at the root.
The words I hear seem to pour out of my client's body once the person has come into a place of being heard. So, essentially I am able to translate what the body wants to communicate and what is blocking health and general wellbeing. To hear this means I can discuss what the body may be feeling with the person, and gently guide them into being able to release this stress from the body.
Being able to hear the non-verbal body means that I am able to work easily with babies and small children who are not yet able to verbalise what is going on for them to their family. Birth trauma is so much more intrusive on human health and general happiness than most people could ever imagine.
I will often sit with a newborn in his Mother's arms as he nurses and using my craniosacral touch and non-verbal conversation with the body, I can ask the child to release the fight or flight tight psoas muscles that are activated from belly to hips. This unwinds the digestive system and the immune system and this is why so many children with reflux or sleeping problems respond so beautifully to this treatment. For the Mother, there is very often residual birth trauma and it feels like shock all around the pelvic region. Clearing that up means that mothers can release fear in their relationship with their child and have less resistance to connecting back into a loving relationship with their partner.
Craniosacral touch follows being deeply heard at Angels Rest. I welcome my clients onto a warm treatment bed and they are wrapped in a cosy blanket. I use a very light hold at the shoulder, over the heart or gently behind the head and contine to listen and guide the body to release held tension, stress or states of less than ideal health. Major areas of release are the brain, spinal cord, skull and immune system. This therapy enhances central nervous system function and allows the body to relax and self correct. My 'listening hands' and intuition means I can feel even small amplitude movements and restrictions within the body.
The treatment usually takes 45 minutes all up. I recommend that clients see me a handful of times as it takes many years to build up layers of stress in the body and it can be overwhelming to dump it all in one sitting. The treatments work one on another to build confidence in the mind and body towards greater health and wellbeing. I usually recommend 3-5 treatments and then I see clients once a month or so depending on their stress levels or if there is something going on for them in their lives that is challenging.
Many of my clients also attend my weekly Sunday 6pm guided meditation class as this tops up the deep relaxation and stress release in the body.
What does it feel like to have a craniosacral treatment?
For the person having the treatment, firstly it feels pretty wonderful to be deeply heard without judgement or criticism. A cranosacral therapist is trained to hold a warm comforting space that has no egoic intention to "Do" anything to the patient. Instead, the intention is that if you hold a warm and comforting space, the body and mind feel safe enough to expose all the trauma and distress in the body non-verbally and can gently and peacefully unwind it all by itself.
On the treatment bed, my clients often tell me they can feel a pulsing warmth from my hands and we often giggle as the incredible vagus nerve that connects brain to digestion and is so connected to so many of our body systems activates and does what I call a 'reboot.' That means a lot of belly gurgles. Generally people say they feel very warm, calm and peaceful after the treatment. Children respond very quickly and usually only require 10 minutes on the table. With children the biggest issue I see is non-acceptance. Children feel being judged and criticised acutely and when you throw a 'label' on top of that it can make them feel quite alone. So, for children, the level of loving listening and acceptance is what I think heals so many of the kids I see here!
I love what I do as it is very rewarding to see people dump discomfort, disease and anxiety and find a more joyful, playful and happier way of being that has long lasting results. If you haven't tried craniosacral therapy, there are no adverse side effects with this therapy and I would recommend it to anyone from birth to 120!
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