Stress is a fact of life for both adults and children. We’ve come to link survival with staying informed-relevant-marketable. Our search engines are “on” 24-7 because we fear being left behind. We forget to “power down;” sometimes we don’t remember how.
Then there are life’s big events, many of them joyful… like a birth, or a new relationship-job-school-home. Yet these events bring big change and often more stress. We say everything’s great, but our bodies tell a different story.
When too excited to relax or too wired to sleep, we unconsciously clench our teeth, rock in our chairs, tap our feet, or wander around on auto-pilot, not fully present. A cascade of symptoms appears… digestive troubles, head aches, muscle tension… if the stress persists. Intimacy can also suffer when we we’re overwhelmed. We may feel isolated in the company of others, yet avoid being by ourselves, no longer recognizing who’s in the mirror.
“Mom, call Mary. She’ll take the scary away.”
Cranio Sacral Therapy developed out of the manual medicine called osteopathy in the latter 20th century as a subtle way to soothe the body’s neural matrix and ease the impacts of stress on our physiology. (see History section.)
Practitioners dialogue with the body using the language of touch to identify areas of restriction or inertia. Once a client experiences a felt sense of areas which feel disconnected, the session can explore options for creating space and breathing room in the system.
Like all holistic approaches to health and healing, cranio sacral work acknowledges the body’s sublime intelligence and natural capacity for self-repair. Unlike other bodywork, no force or manipulation is used, so it’s gentle enough for newborns and non-invasive enough for those recovering from accidents, surgery, or traumatic events. It’s very portable: the only tools required are the practitioner’s presence and skilled hands.
effective non-invasive portable
Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers.
-from a poem performed by David Whyte