A clients story

How Craniosacral Therapy has impacted one of my clients.

A story from their perspective.

 

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I love to hear feedback from clients as this helps me understand what their needs are and provides me with a clearer understanding on how we can work together to gain future outcomes and goals.

Below is a small summary of how one of my clients (shared with permission) found out how an unknown healing modality known as Craniosacral Therapy supported them in a way they never knew was possible.

“I began seeing Clarissa in 2016 as part of her case study. Emotionally I felt discombobulated. I had just come out of a break-up and from that experience old emotions were coming to the surface. Old wounds that I’d either buried or didn’t know were there in the first place. The tools I thought I had in my ‘tool kit’ were not working. I was open to trying something new. I had no idea what Craniosacral Therapy (CST) was but was advised it could aid with healing.

After meeting with Clarissa and discussing what CST was and its possible healing aspects I agreed to undertake eight consecutive sessions on a weekly/fortnightly basis. On reflection I can see now how having those regular sessions aided my healing to unravel at its own pace -it requires consistency. After each session if I encountered anything physically or emotionally, I would email Clarissa. I’m really glad I did as its now shown me how far I’ve come. CST was a real journey for me!

At the time I regularly practiced yoga and meditation and quickly realised that if I practiced after a CST session with meditation I had very deep insights about myself while yoga concentrated on my emotions. Physically I would feel lighter in my being. My yoga postures were deeper, asanas lengthened and my balancing postures were more grounded. It was as though my body was expanding/lengthening and also releasing tension. I definitely felt more connected to everything around me (and myself).

The tougher side for me were the old wounds coming to the surface. I’m convinced CST helped me process and release these wounds. It helped me gain an understanding of myself I never knew was possible.

I still continue to have CST as its had such a positive impact on my life.

Thank you Clarissa for the work you continue to do with me. Thank you for your kindness and thank you for introducing me to CST”. 

Self reflection during any kind of healing modality is so important not just for the client but for the practitioner as well. These reflections can arise at any time often offering deeper insights along the way as we can sometimes forget how far we’ve come!

Craniosacral Therapy is still relatively unknown. Many people do not understand what it is or how it works – I guess partly that doesn’t matter. What matters is the persons’ body feels listened to and heard. Layers of stress, trauma or physical pain can start to unwind, realign and dissolve from the cellular memory and work its way towards health and vitality.

If you’re unsure what Craniosacral Therapy is or how it can work for you

you are welcome to give me a call on 07941626595 for a free 15 minute consultation.

 

 

 

Craniosacral Therapy; Insomnia/Sleep disturbances

How craniosacral therapy can support your sleep

 

burnout-2165865_1280Have 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 think clearly or struggle to carry out basic daily 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. Many people inform me that during a treatment session they felt like they were sleeping (often reporting visions, colours and memories) but that they also felt awake. People who meditate have also said that they felt they had gone into a deeper state of relaxation 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 endocrine gland 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 necessary for a good nights sleep), it helps to down regulate from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, this in turn will have a supportive impact on the digestive system, aid in the supply of cerebral-spinal fluid which supplies nutrients to the nervous system tissue/cells as well as 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.

Homeopathy and reflexology are also very good ways to support a good nights sleep, its about finding the right treatment and practitioner for you.

 

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Inner Equilibrium Through Consistency

Alternative Treatment

 

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Clients often ask me how they can get the best out of their Craniosacral journey & how often they should come for therapy sessions; the answer to this is unique to each individual. I can ascertain a general idea from the initial consultation or case history, however it’s not until I lay my hands on you that I am able to listen in to how your body is choosing to express itself in each given session.

During your initial consultation we can discuss Block sessions or treatment plans. These are a wonderful investment for your future and present physical health and emotional well-being.  Regular Craniosacral sessions enables the consistency required to connect with  your own innate body wisdom through the process of gentle light touch that allows prioritised expression within.

We are complex beings and the deeper aspects of ourselves are often layered. The mind, body and spirit knows exactly how it needs to unfold. A slow and steady pace allows a safe and gentle space for you to move into the deeper aspects of certain somatic or deeply held physical elements.  Physical pain often masks repressed trauma or emotional pain, so although one session may well alleviate a physical symptom, these symptoms may keep manifesting if they are not gradually released on a cellular level.

In my professional experience, I have found that the best results take place within 6-8 weeks of weekly sessions*.  This gives time for your system to open up, relax and express what is being held within the physiological and anatomical elements of the body.  Tissue cells are able to breath and thus long held tensions can gradually be released. This can, and often does, start happening during the first session;  However, as mentioned the physical mental and emotional bodies are interlinked and it can take time through the unfolding process to ascertain where the core aspect may stem from and how your body creates coping mechanisms for holding stress 

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Holistic Healing With Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Holistic approach to working with the mind, body and spirit.

Just like the dream catcher represents catching our unwanted dreams our bodies capture our unwanted emotion, feelings, traumas and so on.

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From my perspective Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is about listening to the persons system as a whole and negotiating a safe space for the clients system to express, release, realign and reconnect to their own inner resources through stillness.

BCST stems from osteopathy; it works with the body as a whole integrated system thus incorporating  primary respiration, cranial rhythmic impulses, the nervous system, cerebrospinal fluid, muscle tissues, held trauma and the cranial bones to mention just a few. This is in order to achieve a therapy that can resonate within our many deeper layers. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is commonly seen as the spiritual approach to craniosacral therapy.

BCST offers a listening tool for the body just like counselling does for the individual. I often have clients who are either in talking therapy or have been previously. I explain to them that although BCST is not a talking therapy it does however offer the whole body the opportunity to be heard, listened to and nurtured. This allows for it to express, release and discharge whatever it feels necessary in each given session; whether that be physical, emotional or a spiritual release prioritised by the individuals system in each session.

To some that is a real release as often they are not aware, or able to state what or how they are affected by certain experiences. Sometimes talking about specific issues or trauma can be a point of triggering them back into the traumatic experience creating a loop in the autonomic nervous system .

If there is a resonance that holds in the relational field between practitioner and client then other forms of expressions can start to open up and be experienced (it is worth noting here that it is important to always set boundaries). This does not have to be a verbal agreement as it is already known in the energy fields of each individual, although it is important to be mindful about offering such insights, not everyone will want to hear them let alone resonate with such elements; as each session varies depending on what the clients system chooses to prioritise.

In my personal experience, once the body feels safe enough to express itself to the practitioner then a whole new world can open up. This may not be inline with conventional Biodynamic Craniosacral training as there wasn’t much focus around energy centres & chakras let alone other realms/dimensions and so on. However, what I did notice during training was that those of us who were already aware of/involved in energy work were seeing, hearing or sensing things that were not part of the course criteria. This wasn’t something we went looking for – it just happened.

This is not taking away from conventional Craniosacral sessions, it is merely highlighting that there are many different levels and layers that a persons system can express itself and find ways to release certain held memory in other less conventional ways too.

As I mentioned earlier, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy stems from osteopathy, we work within the structures and physical anatomy of the body.

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Working with children and young people

A Craniosacral approach to working with young people

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Working with children and young teenagers offers their system a holding space to work through a number of different expressions that have been held in their bodies. In my observation I often find we can tap into the birthing experience where space is offered and the cranial bones as well as other parts of the body are able to expand and release. The reason I refer to the birthing experience is because this is a common theme with young people that often comes up during a session. There are many other expressions, releases and realignments that take place, however as stated; from my personal experience this is something that often shows itself as a priority during sessions with younger people (although this is also something that can come up for individuals at any age).

Most people do not remember their birthing experience and there is an obvious reason for this. Traumatic and painful would no doubt be top of the list as well as fear of the transition and so on. However just because we do not remember our birth does not mean that the experience has not stayed with us in some way shape or form. The effect and impact can often be unknown, however the cellular memory is held in the physical body and the emotional impacts are held in the field (our emotional body).

Working with young people is a great way to offer release of these forming patterns often developed during the birthing experience. Working on the bones in the skull, spine, pelvis and other areas can support the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system which can then be normalised. This removes “blockages” from the normal flow, enhancing and enabling the body’s ability to heal. Compression can also be alleviated and symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, recurrent ear infections or colic in infants as well as difficulty sleeping can be relieved.

Our teenage years are often filled with an enormous amount of change such as; hormonal changes, change of schools, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends and general social pressures. These can manifest often in symptoms such as anxiety, loneliness, depression and so on. Craniosacral therapy offers a safe space for the individual to move into a deeper state of relaxations and inner tranquillity allowing the bodies’ system to recognise these deeper inner states of peace and thus offering an inner resource that can be accessed at other times. Craniosacral therapy offers the body a form of listening by the practitioner in a way that does not require verbal expression which a lot of young people do not particularly want to do nor often know how to.

Craniosacral therapy is one method that could greatly support your child to release inner tension or trauma in a safe and supported way. 

A little video explaining in brief what Craniosacral Therapy is and how it can support the physical and emotional body of the person being treated.

 

 

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is better known as ME and sometimes referred to as Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

This illness has been referred to as the forgotten plague. There are thousands of people who suffer from this debilitating condition and often when it gets so severe to the point of chronic or severe ME is when people are unable to carry out basic daily living skills such as; going to the toilet, washing, walking, talking and even swallowing food. Sensitivity to noise, light, touch, sound all becomes magnified and unbearable to tolerate.

This is in its extreme cases and its important to mention that not all diagnosis reach such debilitating conditions. Many of the physical symptoms included in this illness are; marked muscle fatigability, acute onset of Central Nervous System resulting in numbness, tingling, weakness, or an inability to move, as well as anxiety and rapid heart beat. Changes in mood, sleep disorders, irritability, and reactive depression can be experienced as well as urinary frequency, bowel changes, sweats, severe headaches, visual problems, weakness, cramps, and sensory changes, muscular and neck pain, acute fleeting spasmodic pain and tenderness.

The reason I know about this is because a family member has been suffering with this condition for many years. ME is difficult to diagnose and is very difficult to treat due to the complexity of the illness.

From my perspective as a Cranioscaral therapist working with someone who has CFS or ME is that it is vital to start exactly where that person is. For example the first few sessions may not result in physical contact. It is important to build up a safe space and a good working relational environment before any hands on work may be able to take place. Craniosacral therapy also works in the field (energy body), a persons system is able to receive without being touched. CST is a supportive, holistic and gentle healing modality making it safe for the individuals system to work at their own pace.

Below is a link to the trailer film of Unrest a film about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndrome
Please noteCraniosacral therapy is not considered a substitute for conventional western medicine, however people often come for treatments having exhausted all other options through the NHS.
 
The above information reflects my professional experiences as a craniosacral practitioner working with clients in this area. It is intended to complement, rather than replace, conventional medical advice and care.
 

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Craniosacral Therapy; A listening tool

How I listen to your body; Finding health within the chaos.

city-1799656_1920When people ask me “what is Craniosacral therapy? It can be quite difficult to explain, I mean are they really going to understand all about the rhythmic tides, the inherent treatment plan, primary respiration and so on?

In more simplistic terms I listen to the story the persons body is expressing. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a listening tool for the body, much like counselling is for the person. Its important that I explain how each of us is unique in how we hold certain emotions, traumas, pain and so on as each of our bodies have varying coping mechanism of held expression. I often say to people that their body will only be able to express what it can in each session and that often there are many layers to work through. For example a deeply held and suppressed emotional trauma will generally not show itself in the first few sessions, it would be too overwhelming for the individual. Our innate body wisdom is very clever.

Many people come for CST for physical ailments and whilst we are able to work with the physiology and anatomy of the body these are often intertwined with deeper held emotional aspects of an individual. The emotional body is very much connected to the physical body and our consciousness; our thought processes, belief systems, how we perceive ourselves and the outside world, how we love ourselves and so on. So when we experience unsettling or uncomfortable experiences that can feel too much to deal with at the time we often suppress them, these emotions then get buried into the cellular memory and the physical body has to develop coping mechanisms; this is often followed by a manifestation of physical symptoms such as; headaches, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, upset stomach, acid re flux and so on.

In session I am tuning into and listening to what the physical body is expressing in conjunction with what the emotional body is also saying, its a story that words can not express!

Each practitioner works in their own way, we are all able to palpate and listen to our clients systems as CST is a listening tool, however we each have our own unique strengths and abilities and its about finding the right therapist for you.

 

Below is a short video on an introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy