Oh how I love music, and to be invited to go on my friend’s radio show to talk about the work I do was too good an opportunity to turn down!
Music plays a big role in my life, amongst the sheer enjoyment of listening to many genres it has always been a tool for me to work through my emotions either by listening to the depth of a Dire Straits solo guitar piece or through expression of bodily movement dancing the night away! Music has the capacity to reach any depth of emotion and supports us in releasing through its wonderful vibration.
I find during my craniosacral sessions that the body can display its own rhythmic motion through the craniosacral system. Here is a little example of this motion; video example
These days I often play beautiful soft inviting sounds such as this 639 Hz during my Craniosacral therapy sessions. A lot of my clients state that this type of music offers a supportive gentle holding space for mind and body to settle into stillness thus supportive of the craniosacral experience.
So as I mentioned above I was invited onto my friend Billy Idle’s radio show (The Music Galaxy Radio – MGR) the other week to talk about Craniosacral therapy. He has a lovely little set up in the comfort of his own home which was a great way to experience my first ever live radio show. He plays some lovely music and always starts off with a Nightmares on wax tune, he also plays a little meditation section for listeners to unwind. Speaking about Craniosacral therapy felt like a natural part of his show. So for those of you looking for a new radio station which plays some great music.
There is something to be said for ‘finding health in stillness‘. It is in this quiet place,this space of tranquillity, the motion in the sea where the waves stop crashing and the directions starts to sync; a calm stillness creates a gentle motion.
It is in this motion of fluidity that everything in the human physiological body can slow down and start to re-organise itself towards its own innate health.
This aspect of stillness is often referred to by clients of Craniosacral therapy, many of my clients state that they feel such a state of peace, tranquillity and stillness during and after sessions. Those that meditate say that they feel like they are able to sink deeper into stillness than when they meditate. Clients often describe being in that in-between state of sleep and awake. From a practitioners viewpoint, this is when the body is able to start to work towards health, it has the space to prioritises what areas it wants to work with and goes about re-organising, re-directing and re-aligning. Homeostasis is the body’s natural balance of bodily functions.
Many of us live such busy often stressful lives, often rushing from the minute we get up until the minute we go back to bed, even whilst trying to get to sleep the mind is often found to be going over the days events, regurgitating conversations, actions of yourself or others, how things could of or should of gone differently. It is so important to find time to be still, to be able to drop yourself out of the ‘monkey mind‘ and just breath-allow yourself to connect with the inner aspects of you, without all the noise.
People often come for Craniosacral therapy because they have some form of physical issues such asheadaches or back pain, or longstanding problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges. Due to Craniosacral therapy being so gentle and non-invasive, it is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into a calm state of being.
As stated in the tittle; In stillness health can be found.
Just a little short video emphasising the importance of stillness
I am really pleased and excited to have found such a beautiful peaceful and delightful space to carry out my Craniosacral therapy. Situated in central London, Camden Town, its a perfect urban sanctuary. Not only is it well located it is also in a castle (of sorts :)) right on the canal.
The space itself is home to a number of therapists, ranging from masseurs, healing therapies and the most amazing healing high frequency SOUND therapy, which supports the vibration of the room and holding space. These images show how lovely and peaceful this beautiful, cosy turret therapy room is.
Located in the pirate castle; Camden, overlooking the canal. 7 mins walk from camden town tube.
Have you have ever suffered from sleep issues? If so then you would know how difficult it is to just function throughout the day, the smallest task or decision can create havoc for the brain to process. It can leave you unable to structure a sentence, or struggle to make your `usual` daily assessments such as; crossing the road safely, calculating your change or carrying out your normal job related tasks. Add children, your partner, high pressured work etc into the mix and this can cause the most laid back of us into meltdown! I myself have experienced sleep disturbances for many years (thankfully this is no longer the case), during that time I know my home life and work life suffered, not to mention my health and well being. If stress is one of the reasons for poor sleep then lack of sleep only adds to the issue and it can seem like a never ending cycle.
Many people turn to prescription medication to try and combat this, however from the stories I’ve heard prescription drugs can seem to create more of a `groggy` type of sleep where the person falls asleep but the body is unable to carryout all the necessary repair and healing work it requires, therefore much of the rejuvenation process is eliminated due to the sedative elements of the medication. Sleep is essentially the time when the body heals itself.
According to the National Sleep Foundation; when we sleep Brain waves are slow (with some rapid bursts) and your heart rate and blood pressure slow down and regulate. During this restorative stage of sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing slows down, blood flow moves to the muscles and tissue is repaired. Interestingly enough this is also indicative of receiving a craniosacral session. Often people inform me that they felt like they were sleeping but that they were also awake. People who meditate have said that they felt they had gone into a deeper state than when they practice meditation.
Craniosacral therapy can also support the hormonal system in offering space within the cranial bones supporting pineal gland function.The pineal gland is a tiny endocrinegland found in the brain. It produces and secretes the hormone melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate biological rhythms such as sleep and wake cycles. Craniosacral therapy supports the autonomic nervous system (again all necessaryfor a good nights sleep), it helps to down regulate from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic, this in turn will have a supportive impact on the digestive system, aid in the supply of cerebral-spinal fluid providing more oxygen to the brain supporting clear thinking, relaxation and helps regulate our moods. The regulation of our autonomic nervous system is mandatory to our health and immune system and aids us in getting a good nights sleep.
Dillon’s story sends a powerful message on how he was able to find a road to recovery through CST after experiencing such a difficult and challenging time in his life. He developed viral meningitis out of nowhere which had a traumatic effect on his life. Often after someone has experienced such a life changing event it is how they manage after the incident in getting themselves back on track towards their own recovery that can be the most difficult time for them. Thankfully Dillon found CST which supported him back towards a state of balance and health.
Our bodies are extremely complex, we have so many systems within us such as the nervous system, lymphatic and digestive to name a few (not to mention the outer fields such as the emotional/energy body) which all have to work together to maintain homoeostasis. Its easy to see how if one of these systems becomes stressed in anyway how it could impact the others and in turn create another system to overcompensate! CST works with the system as a whole integrated unit.
The practitioner holds a safe space for the persons systems to move into a state of balance and stillness, this offers a holding place for the bodies innate wisdom to start to move towards finding its own inner health. Dillon states this beautifully when he says he had never felt such peace and the feeling of spaciousness.
This video provides a clear example from Dillon of how Craniosacral therapy can support the body towards homoeostasis regarding a number of imbalances the body may experience.
I would like to thank Dillon for sharing his story and to Maria Dillon’s mother who gave me consent to post this, she is a wonderful caring woman who supported her son in being able to access this extraordinary healing modality.
Walking out of stress-make a commitment to managing your stress.
Stress seems to be one of the main issues in peoples lives today, it is unavoidable in our busy world and our bodies are designed to manage a certain amount of this stimulation. However sometimes we can become overwhelmed and unable to cope with life’s demands.
Extended periods of stress can start to produce symptoms which have an impact on our day to day life and if left untreated may lead to further complications. I have experienced this myself, although interestingly enough I was not aware at the time that I was stressed, I kept going as I “believed” I had no choice (responsibilities, bills, rent, dependants etc).The impact of stress on my body which I endured during that time only showed itself years later! I’m not talking about minor stress symptoms such as tension headaches (although these can seem less than minor for the individual experiencing them) or neck and shoulder pain and difficulty sleeping I am talking about the real impact on a cellular memory.
It wasn’t until I listened to myself and the constant thoughts that I had to leave my job that my body was able to settle into a calmer state. This decision enabled me to start my inner nurturing and healing. Along my path Craniosacral therapy (CST) found me!! That’s another story! CST is a natural way of helping our bodies to rest and recover. CST is unique in its ability to treat the source of symptoms on every level, whether mental, physical or emotional. For the best results a series of treatments is recommended. My regular clients inform me that their bodies are able to open up to expression and begin working through various patterns for release, reorganising and correction.
Many of my clients have said they find CST supports their symptoms of stress such as making them feel more relaxed and able to manage things better, sleeping better, less irritable, less overwhelmed and anxious to name but a few. CST works with the autonomic nervous system which controls the organs, glands and smooth muscles of the body. It has a sensory feedback to the central nervous system, CST can help to regulate the nervous system and transform your stress response by listening and sensing what your body is expressing,this also helps you to build up your own inner resources that support your coping mechanisms towards health and vitality.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.
Here is a lovely little video describing how Craniosacral therapy can support the body during times of stress.
There is an energy field round each of us that holds information, much of this information is what I would call -held in the emotional or energy field of an individual. It expresses itself through the physical body in unique ways to each individual. The emotional body and the physical body work together, often without the conscious awareness of the individual. The very nature of the work I do provides a platform for expression between the two. The beauty behind this conversation is a privilege to be part of. Our emotions are often complex and layered by life experiences, disappointments, regrets, childhood, relationships and so on, these emotions are held in our energy field and can start to manifest in multiple ways.
Through craniosacral therapy I am able to listen to the body along with the emotions and hear the two have their own conversation.There is often a link between what I would call suppressed emotional needs and where this is showing up in the physical body. By having an open dialog with my client we can often identify the link an this allows them to start to process an release or discharge the held emotions of inertia held on a cellular level. In Peter A. Levine’s book titled `Waking the Tiger` he states “The key to healing traumatic symptoms in humans is in our physiology” He goes on to say ” its about energy-Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the triggering event itself. They stem from frozen residue of energy that has not been resolved or discharged;this residue remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and spirits”.