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.

 

 

What is Mental Health?

Its world mental health day.

We each have our own minds …

mental-health-2019924_1920 (2)Having worked in mental health back in the early 90’s and then again recently, I am amazed at all the different diagnosis that have emerged!!! Previously schizophrenia and Bi Polar were typically the main diagnosis. Now we have more sub categories and a variety of mental health conditions affecting a large proportion of the population such as; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Personality Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder to name just a few. According to Mind; 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience some form of mental health issue each year, now that’s a lot of people!

One thing that has always fascinated me is “what is mental health“? Who’s to say this persons mind is healthier than that persons mind. After all we each have our own minds and are responsible for how we use them! Some people are aware of their mental health issues and others are not! It is for us alone to work through our own thought patterns, our belief systems, our repetitive thought process’, our paranoia, fears, anxieties and so on. Therefore I find the whole diagnosis a complex and fascinating subject. Take for example people who have been diagnosed with Personality Disorders/Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD), from my experience working with people who have BPD often come from a back ground of Trauma which usually relates to experiences/circumstances from their childhood .

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) works very well with trauma, as amongst other things it works directly with the nervous system, the fight or flight response which is activated by the sympathetic nervous system. It also works with the vagus nerve which is part of the parasympathetic “rest and digest” nervous system which influences our breathing, digestive function and heart rate, all of which can have a huge impact on a persons mental health, especially if receiving regular CST.

So when is intervention required? Now that is probably too big a question to answer here, however unless someone is a danger to themselves or others or in acute pain then a lot of the time there is a process to go through to unravel certain aspects relating to their emotional and mental well-being. There are times for medication and times where gentle alternative remedies can support someone such as Bach Remedies, Homeopathy, massage, Reiki, Yoga, healthy eating and of course my all time favourite Craniosacral Therapy.

On this note I would like to mention a couple of books which I feel may help people on their road to recovery. One is called ‘Waking the Tiger‘ by Peter A. Levine which is all about Healing Trauma and another book on a lighter note is ‘May the thoughts be with you‘ by Charlotte Reed. This book has lots of positive affirmations with wonderful illustrations, Charlotte also has weekly illustrations in the Evening Standard every Monday as well as her Facebook page and Instagram daily messages of positive thoughts which helped her overcome her own depression.

If in doubt always consult a medical professional for advice and referral if appropriate.

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Craniosacral therapy (CST) – supporting your system back to health

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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.

The Emotional Body

mark-daynes-34970There 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”.