Dynamic Stillness – What Is It And Why Do I Need It?

Dynamic Stillness – What Is It And Why Do I Need It?

There are many facets to Craniosacral Therapy, but my favourite and by far the most profound is that of dynamic stillness.  Nearly all of you who have been me for therapy will have some understanding and experience of this. So what does it mean to you?  Why am I always banging on about it?  What is it exactly and why does it matter?

I like this description of Michael Kern’s from his book, Wisdom In The Body…..

“Dynamic stillness can be experienced as something that is universal, beyond the duality of subject or object. It has no defining characteristics or qualities, as it is the realm of our pure unfabricated nature.  Consequently there are no words on concepts that can adequately describe it.  At this level of our being there is no inertia and no conditioning, just the presence of peace, luminosity and stillness.  It may be perceived as a sense of Grace.  When we emerge from this experience, something has changed – for we never come out the same way that we went in.  We become touched by our deepest nature.”

Some people will simply experience stillness simply as a sense of calm (usually unlike anything they have experienced before).  We all need to be able to access a still place.  It is essential to health (of mind, body and spirit).  It can be tricky to access, particularly when the system is overwhelmed or dissociated.  However, I often view stillness as the gateway to everything because once a client’s system is shown how to access stillness, big changes tend to take place.  The resources of the system build too.  Michael Kern talks of the 7 different levels of stillness and how each level “brings a settling of some further aspect of our life process“.

It is the stillness of the Tide, not the stormy waves that bounce upon the shore that has the potency, the power.”  William Sutherland.

My experience also is that once the system gets practiced at accessing stillness, clients report that they are better able to access a calm place at other points in time and that they are coping better with life, feeling less stressed, anxiety lifts, they sleep better and so on – see why I love it so much!!

Mindful Meditation and the ability to deal with stress

Mindful Meditation and the ability to deal with stress

Mindful Meditation and the ability to deal with stress

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

5 Reasons why Craniosacral Therapy May Help

5 Reasons why Craniosacral Therapy May Help

5 Reasons why Craniosacral Therapy May Help

This article gives a good overview as to what Craniosacral Therapy is about, what it’s like and how it works.  The author states, “Overall, CranioSacral Therapy is a highly effective light-touch therapy that works with the source of pain and dysfunction and the whole body simultaneously.”  If you have never tried Craniosacral Therapy before and you are wondering if it might help you, why not give it a go!  Apart from anything, most people really enjoy their sessions!

Full article: http://www.kmackinnon.com/#!5-Reasons-Why-CranioSacral-Therapy-May-Be-the-Answer-to-Your-Health-Concern/cf3b/5684482e0cf20a60e3aefc7a