In a craniosacral session, the healing does not come from exerting effort.Change happens when you are still, waiting for the body to show that ounce of willingness, and that is when everything changes. One little thread can unravel everything.
Unraveling has a negative connotation. We think of it when things are going bad and everything is unraveling. But what about when you are tired of the way things are? In that moment when you have no idea what change looks like… for a situation that has been stuck for years. You KNOW you want it to be different but don’t know how to change it. That moment of surrender, when you let go of holding on to things as they are. You let go of trying to control the outcome. In that moment, unraveling can mean movement of energy in a positive direction.
Unraveling in the body can be tremendously healing. It is a sign that patterns are changing. Changes in patterns in the body lead to changes in patterns of thought, lead to changes in patterns of behavior, etc.This is good because on some level, our thoughts and behavior are what got us into our current unhealthy state.
What is unraveling for you right now?
This is the message that kept coming back to me over and over again today during my walking meditation. This came up when I was exploring health issues, when exploring business issues, and everything else. Over and over, “Energy follows Intention”.
Of course, I already know this to be true in Craniosacral work. I am very mindful of my thoughts during a session. This is especially important for someone who is caught up in chronic labeling. What do I mean by that? Someone who has been trying to heal whatever malady(ies) over a long period of time. Typically, they have seen many doctors, specialists, healers, etc. By the time they arrive to me they will either have the, “There’s nothing wrong with you” label or they have an assortment of labels “insomnia”, “depression”, and so on.
Craniosacral is about working with the body to assist its self-correcting mechanism, therefore I don’t need a label, I simply need to listen. This intent to be open, to explore, to become aware of the different feelings in the tissues provide an optimal healing environment because I am not judging, pushing, prodding, poking or any other manner of force and the body responds in-kind.
The messages today were to remind me to carry this concept out of my sessions and into other areas of my life. Energy follows intent applies to exercise, eating, my emotional health, and of course my relationships.
I LOVE doing CranioSacral Therapy. This is without a doubt my calling. I even love the times when my self-doubt starts to creep in while I’m working on someone and I wonder if I’m really helping this person because I always, ALWAYS get validation that I am.
If you’ve never experienced CranioSacral Therapy it’s very gentle, light-touch bodywork. I work with the body’s self-correcting mechanism to help release restrictions created by injury, illness, or trauma. The touch is extremely light, approximately the weight of a nickel, but very effective. CranioSacral Therapy is not physical adjustments or manipulation, rather it is assisting the body in releasing areas of constriction in the head, spine, sacrum or anywhere else.
I keep feeling pulled to focus more on working with active military and veterans. The challenge with this is that the VA doesn’t cover CranioSacral Therapy in their healthcare coverage. Although I’ve been practicing for 4 years now, my practice is still inconsistent which doesn’t allow me to devote much time to volunteer work. What I wanted was a way to work with this population and have someone else pay for the service. Then it occurred to me, set up a study to demonstrate the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy with issues such as: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Depression/Anxiety, and sleep disorders.
Now, I have no experience conducting research and posting this is a terrifying endeavor, but I have this strong vision of finding a way to help a population that desperately needs it. I do not know how it will happen, but I know that I will find a way to provide this service to our Service Men and Women. As long as I keep looking for the answers, the people I need to fulfill this vision will find their way to me.