To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha
Well, now I’m on a roll! I am receiving a different type of therapy, craniosacral therapy (CST), which has now become a main treatment for me. I have been getting even more answers about my mysterious symptoms, and experiencing positive results. I continue with regular acupuncture and pain psychology sessions because the combination of treatments is vital to my healing.
I have my acupuncturist to thank for introducing me to CST. Have you ever heard of it before? I hadn’t. She gave me a basic explanation of what it is, recommended a therapist with impressive credentials and experience, and suggested it as a therapy for some of my main ailments, such as chronic neck/shoulder pain, chronic headaches and balance. Also, both she and my pain psychologist had experienced positive results from the therapy, which helped my decision to try it. CST sounded…well…strange to me at first, but it is non-invasive, so again I had nothing to lose by trying it. She was right! After many sessions and learnings, CST makes a lot of sense to me now, and has also helped in other areas.
I initially read that CST “is a very gentle, light-touch approach that releases tensions…” “It helps you naturally free yourself from pain, stress and discomfort.” CST also involves prevention, balancing the body and helping the body to heal itself. Rather than attempt to describe myself what CST is, here are some basic FAQs and history:
My First Experience With CranioSacral Therapy
I went for my first CST session not really knowing what to expect, and I walked out of there amazed and astonished! To begin with, we discussed my primary complaints, which involved the neck and head. Rather than focus on just these areas during the session, she assessed my whole body. Why? Well, problems in one area of the body could affect problems in other areas of the body. She was trying to get a more complete picture of me.
Using light touches, she felt the cranial rhythm along my spine for abnormalities, and then assessed other areas of my body with similar light hand touches (cranial rhythm is the flow of spinal fluid through the spine and is separate from the pulse or rhythm of the heartbeat). What was amazing first of all is that she knew exactly where I was experiencing pain in my lower body, even though I hadn’t mentioned it to her. I was focused on my neck and head. She identified a specific area in my hip that was painful. Then, she asked if I was having problems with my kidneys and bladder. Well, yes, and that is a whole story in itself. It was another area where specialists couldn’t figure out what was wrong. She also asked if I was having digestive problems. Well, yes again (as described in previous blog postings). She knew I was having neck/shoulder pain and headaches, but she pinpointed exactly where the pains were. Then in different areas of my body and head, she applied gentle stretches. The touch was so light, I didn’t even feel the stretching occur. She was very gentle and compassionate, and provided clear explanations on her assessment, what she was doing and why.
Well, I was perplexed along with being amazed, and asked how she knew where I was having discomfort. Through years of experience and practice, she has developed the ability to feel the tension in the muscles and tissues and the directions they are pulling. That alone is quite a remarkable skill to achieve! Given that she could identify many of my problem areas, it was certainly worth going back to see if she could help me, and how. I will be posting about some of these.
As far as my experiences and treatments with CST, there is nothing mystical or “woo-woo” about it. There is a mind/body aspect to it, but my therapist gives me clear anatomical explanations about what is happening in my body. Given that, I’m confused about why CST is considered an “alternative” therapy.
In my last posting on acupuncture, I listed several positive things I experienced with my acupuncturist that I rarely experienced recently with medical doctors. I can also use all of those on the list to describe my experiences with my craniosacral therapist!
So now I have a team of three very gifted healers treating me…and there is much more to come in all three areas.