Resources why do they matter – a little test for you ……
I have been working as a Craniosacral Therapist for about 7 years now and I have learnt many things along the way. One of the main things I have discovered, is that some people are more likely to suffer ill health than others.
There are many factors that can predispose us to disease, of course. But what I see time and time again, is that people who are suffering ill health, pain, depression are under-resourced. When we are under resourced, we have few coping strategies and we struggle more with life’s challenges. We neglect ourselves, year after year, often putting other people’s needs before our own. We just carry on and on and on, ignoring the signs (no time for that!) until our system, one way or the other, FORCES us to stop (pain, disease, depression etc take over) and we have no choice but to ask for help.
When we are well resourced, we are resilient, strong, feel supported and are far better equipped to cope with life’s stresses and problems. In a nutshell, we are less prone to disease.
There are many reasons why people become under-resourced. A Craniosacral Therapist can sense how well resourced your system is through touch and then they can work with your body to build the potency passing through it. That is one way to build up the resources within the system. There are also things that the patient can do, outside of the treatment room to help themselves.
Here comes the little test……..So how well resourced are YOU?
I encourage all my patients to write a list of 10 things that resource them. Go on, have a go. Your list is unique to you. There may be things on it which you are not able to do right now, but still, put them on if you consider that they would ‘feed your soul’. So, grab some paper and a pen and have a go before you read on (it works best this way)……
How did you get on? Did you get to 5? Over 10?
Often, simply putting our attention on that list is a useful exercise. It can really help us to focus on our own needs.
I find that well resourced people can write their list quickly and easily and could often write way more than 10 things down. These people are well aware of what they need to keep themselves well and they make their health a priority.
Whilst people who under-resourced either look at me blankly, or as if they think I am mad (new mums fall into the latter category – their focus is naturally on their young baby and they have little time for themselves), and they struggle to think of even two or three things that should be on their list. It may even take them a few days to get to 10.
If you are struggling, examples might be:
• Having a Craniosacral Therapy session
• Taking a walk in the woods
• Writing a diary
• A trip to the seaside
• Going out with friends
• Talking to your best friend
As I say, there is no right or wrong, everyone’s list is different.
More to the point, if you struggled with that exercise, how would it be for you to do something about it? This is YOUR life and it’s important that you enjoy it and stay as healthy as you can!
I’m too busy
If this is the case, please pause and take an honest look at your life and how you are living it. Do you want things to stay the same?
I need help!
I am offering free telephone consultations now! Do get in touch on 07956 390419 and you can tell me more about your situation and I will see if I can help you.
Craniosacral Therapy may be a treatment that you have never heard of before and different to anything else you have ever tried before. Robyn Scherr, Craniosacral Therapist wrote a brief summary of what it is and how it helps, and I have listed the main points that she makes below and added some points of my own.
Craniosacral Therapy is an educated, specific, non-invasive touch that supports your body’s innate ability to heal. This gentle healing technique can address a variety of health concerns. Here’s why Craniosacral Therapy may be the answer you seek for your health issue:
1. You Can Discover the Healing Power of Your Inner Wisdom: Craniosacral Therapy is a simple, direct way of accessing your own inner wisdom and innate healing mechanism. The clients’ inner wisdom leads and directs the session, which is the central premise of this modality. The therapist will “listen” to the client’s system with their hands, assess the priorities and respond accordingly.
2. It Uses a Combined Mind, Body and Spirit Approach: It works on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself. Each session is unique, which means any one of these aspects, or combination of these aspects, can appear in a session. For example, sometimes we have a sense with a headache that it’s in response to an emotional trigger, but can’t quite identify it. With Craniosacral Therapy, clients are provided the opportunity to feel how and where the tissue is holding tension as the emotional trigger shows up. This can be very enlightening and with subsequent sessions, clients tend to become more self aware.
3. Receive It At Any Age: Because Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle, it can be received from the time of conception onwards. I see a lot of children for example, with a range of issues, such as anxiety, sleep disorders, digestive concerns and so on. But it is never too late! Craniosacral Therapy can used in the elderly also and even to support someone during the process of dying. That listening, non invasive touch can be helpful to anyone, even if you don’t have a specific “problem”! Some clients continue to have top up sessions with me, even though their issues have resolved, simply because they feel it helps to keep them “on a level”, such is the support that it provides.
4. Complementary to traditional medicine: Craniosacral Therapy should be used in conjunction with traditional medicine, rather than as alternative to it. I am a great supporter of traditional medicine, my father is a medical professor in fact, but we all know that, unfortunately, traditional medicine does not solve everything and in my experience, Craniosacral Therapy can often provide relief, even when traditional routes have not or when traditional medicine is treating the symptoms rather than the underlying cause.
5. It’s Flexible: Clients can work as intensively as they like. Treatments can be received every few days, or once every month or two.
Overall CranioSacral Therapy is a highly effective light-touch therapy that works with the source of pain and dysfunction and the whole body simultaneously. Now that you have more information about this noninvasive healing technique, you can decide if you would like to give it a try; I encourage you to!
Recent revolutions in science tell us that chronic pain is usually NOT in the tissues! This contradicts many old ideas of how to “fix” pain. Want to know how to overcome chronic pain?
What we now understand is that pain is a complex process and that it can often become a habit which we don’t know how to stop. The practice of feeding the brain new information, “tricks” the brain into experiencing the body in a different way. As a result of this, the pain is less, we sleep better, anxiety levels often reduce and generally speaking, life is better!
In Craniosacral Therapy, we guide the whole system towards safety, encouraging it to move into the present moment and we help to develop new neuropathways, so that the old ones don’t “shout so loud”. At Cranio Kent, I often see people who have been living with pain for many years, sometimes even decades and with Craniosacral Therapy, they very often find great relief. It is simple, but incredible. Why not try it for yourself?
This graphics book, Pain Is Really Strange was written by Steve Haines, and explains these concepts in simple terms.
Most of the people who come and see me are suffering from stress. But is stress just a part of every day life and something we have to learn to live with? What if that stress is having an affect on our overall health and sense of wellbeing? At what point should we get help?
Usually, people don’t realise how stressed they are when they come for their first treatment. Their bodies may be rigid with tension; they may have lived this way for many years, perhaps even their whole life; they may not even know they are holding stress in their body. Our bodies can get “stuck” in a permanent state of “fight, flight or freeze“. One of the goals in Craniosacral Therapy is to help the patient to achieve a real sense of calm and stillness. This may not happen immediately, but when it does, it is like opening a gateway to another world. A world of just “being” – a very unusual concept in this fast paced life. Really, the body and mind are being “taught” how to relax. In my experience, and with time, the patient finds this calm place easier and easier to access, and will nearly always report that they are: coping better with life, feeling more balanced, less depressed and anxious, panic attacks have stoped, they sleep better etc. In actual fact, their nervous system has been down regulated from that “fight, flight of freeze” state, to a “rest and digest” state. This is just a small part of what Craniosacral Therapy does, but hugely powerful and I urge you to try it and see the difference it makes to your life.
Mindful Meditation and Stress – Studies show that mindful meditation results in more activity, or communication, among the portions of the brains that process stress-related reactions and other areas related to focus and calm and the effects last for months.
This particular article details a study where brain function has actually changed, in those participants who had practised true mindfulness.
In a world which is so fast paced, our systems often have very little time to just “be”. Indeed, in my practice, I regularly come across people who have little or no ability to quieten their system. Craniosacral Therapy is often used as a tool for teaching the system how to down regulate. There is great power in that shift from “fight, flight or freeze” to “rest and digest”.
Full article here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/18/contemplation-therapy