Chandra came rushing in a few minutes late, spilling her tea as she set it down, very apologetic about the small puddle on the waterproof table. She was a young mom with an 8-month-old baby, her life hectic and sleep deprived. She was overwhelmed and felt inadequate, convinced that all other new moms were managing better. We reviewed her health history, talked for a few more minutes, and then she got on the massage table. As I arranged pillows and blankets making sure she was comfortable she burst into tears. “No one has taken care of me in so long” she cried. I handed her some tissue and encouraged her to let it out.
As she settled I took a moment to focus, then gently rested my hands on the bottoms of her feet. Immediately I could “feel” her exhaustion and hypervigilance in taking care of the baby. The sensation spilled out of her feet, and I stayed with it till her body was done sharing. Slowly she felt more grounded, sinking into deeper and deeper levels of rest. After about 40 minutes I felt her energy disconnect from me, so I took my hands off her. We were done for today. A moment later she sat up, stretched and returned to the chair where she had begun. She was groggy but smiling. She said that, strangely, she felt both calmer and more energetic. When she came in for her next session the following week she told me she had begun looking for a moms’ group— hoping to find other moms with whom she could share her concerns and triumphs.
After a total of three sessions she was on her way. She had found a support group and, along with the weekly meetings, they were beginning to trade brief periods of childcare. She was calmer, and she and her baby were sleeping much better. There were still moments of fatigue and worry, but they were moments instead of all the time. She scheduled another session a month later, a “tune up” to nurture herself and help maintain her clarity and energy.
WHAT’S MY LINE?
The longest running game show ever (according to Wikipedia) was the original “What’s My Line?” where experts guess the contestant’s profession. Of course, the contestant was chosen for his or her “distinctive” (read: obscure) profession. If the experts didn’t guess correctly within the allotted time the contestant won. I want to be a contestant on that (extinct) show. I would win. I would sooo win.
I am a Craniosacral Therapist.
Here are some basics about Craniosacral Therapy:
- The essence of Craniosacral Therapy is that internally, within each of us, is the wisdom to heal ourselves.
- Craniosacral Therapy is fluid-based. Human beings are about 60 – 70% fluid.
- The name, Craniosacral Therapy, comes from the two biggest pools of cerebrospinal fluid (surrounds the brain and spinal cord) in the body. One inside the head, the cranium, and one in front of the butt bone; the sacrum.
- Craniosacral Therapy evolved from osteopathic (bone-centered) medicine. Interesting that a fluid-based therapy was born from a practice focused on the hardest tissue in the body.
- Sessions are generally sixty or ninety minutes.
- Adults lie on a massage table and relax, or focus on slow, deep breathing. Children may be on the table, in their mother’s arms, or playing on the floor.
- Clients stay fully clothed.
- I rest my hands very gently on them, as gently as if greeting the surface of a still pond. Through my hands and fingers I “listen” as people’s bodies move through their healing.
- Some sensations are felt by the client, some by me, and some by both of us.
- Common sensations clients have during a session: floating, sinking, lopsidedness (as if one hand is big and one is small), tingling, heat or pulsing, sadness, anger, fantastical dreams or old memories. They may see colors, even with eyes closed. Often people relax into a light sleep.
- While all our life stresses are similar (relationship, work, identity issues, grief, etc.) the diversity of ways bodies process are infinite and fascinating.
- People seek cranial for a wide range of issues: acute injury, car accidents, depression, migraines, concussions, chronic pain, anxiety, sleep issues, digestive issues, life or career path, preventative care, etc.
- My primary job as the therapist is to listen, provide a safe container, and support.
- My ability to guide people through these diverse experiences is based on my naturopathic and Craniosacral education, and my life experiences, my skills, and my intuition. I unapologetically use everything I got.
- Craniosacral Therapy has many benefits—from pain relief and calming, to deeply relaxing and profoundly healing.
- Because it’s gentle, inexpensive, safe and effective, Craniosacral Therapy is growing rapidly.