Exploring the Connection Between Craniosacral Therapy and Tinnitus Relief

Tinnitus, often described as a ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound in the ears can be a challenging condition to manage. While traditional medical approaches focus on symptom relief, alternative therapies like craniosacral therapy have gained attention for their potential healing benefits in addressing tinnitus. In this blog, we will delve into the principles of craniosacral therapy and its potential role in providing relief for individuals experiencing tinnitus.

An elderly client shared with me that when he was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room area waiting for his wife, he was listening to meditation music with earphones on. He was enjoying the quietness of the waiting room area and the soothing sound of his iPhone music. A few minutes into his bliss, a group of people entered the waiting room and were engaging in quite a loud conversation that had an irritating effect on my client. He started to feel his annoyance grow and with it the buzzing in his ears.

Another, female, client hears the buzzing, sometimes ringing sounds more when she is trying to go to sleep. The quieter she gets, the louder the sound in her ears, and as she gets irritated by it, the ringing/buzzing sound becomes louder.

Understanding Craniosacral Therapy:

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that aims to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities. Developed by osteopathic physician Dr. John E. Upledger, this therapy focuses on the craniosacral system, which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Principles of Craniosacral Therapy:

Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhythm: Central to craniosacral therapy is Dr Upledger’s discovery that the cerebrospinal fluid has a rhythmic pulse that can be detected and regulated. Practitioners use subtle movements and gentle touch to assess and address any restrictions or imbalances in this rhythm.

Here are some ways in which craniosacral therapy may benefit those with tinnitus:

Fascial Release: The therapy involves releasing tension in the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs. By applying gentle pressure and guidance, practitioners aim to alleviate restrictions and promote better fluid flow.

Whole-Body Approach: Craniosacral therapy considers the body as a whole, emphasizing the interconnectedness of different bodily systems. Because of the single organ called fascia, CST is not only focused on the site where the symptoms are present, but also on addressing the underlying issues of the symptoms due to fascia that have become scar tissue. Addressing underlying factors may include issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), neck tension, or other musculoskeletal imbalances related but not limited to physical or emotional trauma.

Stress Relief:

“Where your attention goes, energy flows and results show.” – James Redfield.

This idea ties in with our Reticular Alarm System (RAS) of our Central Nervous System (CNS).  I will write about RAS and CST in a separate article.  For now, the reason it is important to mention is because our craniosacral system is part of our CNS, hence when we pay attention to something that we find irritating, that something that irritates us will grow/gain more momentum – becomes louder and stronger.  Tinnitus symptoms can be exacerbated by stress and tension. Craniosacral therapy’s gentle approach help induce a state of relaxation, reducing stress levels and improving tinnitus symptoms.

Improving Fluid Dynamics: The gentle, non-invasive regulation of the craniosacral system enhances the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This improved fluid dynamics may positively impact the auditory system and contribute to alleviating tinnitus symptoms.

This is a review from a client:

“I developed tinnitus from loud noise exposure in October. It started at a very low level and was fairly easy to ignore. After visiting with the ENT and finding no hearing loss with my ears and no damage I was told that I would learn to live with the tinnitus/ringing. That was the worst thing I could have heard, and my body and mind went into full flight or fight / freeze mode for several months. The tinnitus got gradually worse, became reactive, had noise distortions running through my head, and became scared of sound exposure. I was to the point where I wasn’t sure if I was able to live like this – like most tinnitus people feel. I did not find relief from ear maskers etc and I figured I had tried everything. I found out about CST from a random YouTube video I saw. Knowing nothing about it I booked a session and when laying on the table to my surprise my tinnitus was changing thru the session. When I got up from my first session my body and mind had found relaxation it hadn’t felt in months. I couldn’t believe it – my nervous system was settled even though I had no idea what was going on. Fast forward a few months of consistent CST and working on myself with Kathy I am finding more and more times of quiet in my life and even when it’s ringing it is completely manageable.
This is a nervous system disorder no matter what you are hearing in your head and your nervous system can learn to filter out noises just like it always has. I’ve learned to become a much more body orientated person in my life too and have learned to deal away with stress and anxiety which is crucial in terms of getting below the hearing threshold of tinnitus. My recovery with tinnitus is like a bouncing ball and now the ball is barely bouncing up and down. There is no doubt in my mind that keeping at the lifestyle I have developed and continuing CST that I will be back in silence 100% of the time. Kathy has become one of my good friends and I could not do it without her and her guidance.”

Conclusion:

While craniosacral therapy shows promise as a complementary approach to managing tinnitus, it’s essential to approach it with an open mind. Individual responses to this therapy may vary.  Those who seek alternative methods to alleviate tinnitus symptoms, craniosacral therapy could be worth exploring in conjunction with conventional medical advice and treatment. Always consult with qualified healthcare professionals before starting any new therapeutic approach.

Exploring Craniosacral Therapy: A Gentle Approach to Healing

In the realm of alternative medicine and holistic healing, Craniosacral Therapy (CST) stands out as a unique and gentle approach to promoting health and well-being. Originating from osteopathy, CST is based on the idea that the craniosacral system, consisting of the cranium (skull) and the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine), plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health. In this blog, we will delve into the principles, techniques, and potential benefits of Craniosacral Therapy.

Understanding Craniosacral Therapy:

Craniosacral Therapy is founded on the principle that the body has its own rhythm and subtle movements, much like the pulse or breath, known as the craniosacral rhythm. This rhythm is believed to be driven by the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. Practitioners of CST are trained to detect and use gentle influence over this rhythm, if needed, to alleviate pain, reduce tension, and enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

The Key Principle: A Gentle Touch

CST is a non-invasive therapy that involves light, therapeutic touch. Practitioners use their hands to assess the craniosacral rhythm and make subtle adjustments to encourage balance and harmony in the body.

Holistic Approach:

CST views the body as a whole, interconnected system. It aims to address not only physical symptoms but also emotional and psychological well-being.

Self-Healing:

CST believes that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. By facilitating the release of restrictions and tensions, the therapy supports the body’s natural healing processes.

Techniques Used in CST:

Palpation: Practitioners use their hands to feel for restrictions or imbalances in the craniosacral system. This involves gentle palpation of the skull, spine, and sacrum.

Cranial Holds: Specific hand positions are used to encourage the release of tension in the craniosacral system. This can involve holding the head, sacrum, or other parts of the body.

Energy Work: Some CST practitioners incorporate energy work or Reiki into their sessions to enhance the therapeutic effects and promote relaxation.

Potential Benefits:

Craniosacral Therapy has gained popularity for its potential to address a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including:

Pain Management: CST is often sought for relief from headaches, migraines, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal issues.

Stress Reduction: The gentle nature of CST promotes relaxation and can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Emotional Healing: CST may assist in processing and releasing emotional trauma and tension held in the body.

Improved Sleep: Many clients report improved sleep patterns and quality following CST sessions.

Enhanced Well-being: CST can contribute to an overall sense of well-being and vitality.

Craniosacral Therapy is a holistic and gentle approach to healing that emphasizes the body’s self-healing abilities. While it may not be a replacement for conventional medical treatment, many people find value in CST as a complementary therapy to address a variety of health concerns. As with any alternative therapy, it’s essential to consult with a qualified practitioner and discuss your specific needs and expectations.

Schedule your free consultation call or a CST session today.  I would love to hear from you.

What you like matters, because You matter

We all experience procrastination from time to time. Some of us occasionally and some of us habitually.  Did you ever ask yourself the question why? Are you curious to know the answer? Would you like to change this pattern? Read on to learn that we rarely do things for the reason we think.

A client came to see me with complaints of lower abdominal pains. She has been through the medical field and did not receive a diagnosis. Her tests were all negative, which is a really good thing, yet she felt she would feel better if something was found, so she knew what to do and “get rid of the pain”.  Guided by her desire, searching for an answer to feel better, one day she heard about craniosacral therapy and she made her first appointment with me.

During CST, it is not uncommon that emotions resurface.  Tears, laughter, anger, joy, frustration etc… are all welcome.  The memories that we may become aware of during a session are helpful in making sense of a long-held ache or pain even if there was no previous diagnosis.  There is a part of us that is connected to Infinite Intelligence. Our Inner Physician/Intuition brings the real value in Its guidance towards recognizing the relationship between the memory, the emotion and the aches and pains experienced in the body. An event, coupled with an emotion may be the cause of a bodily ache and this same can also be preventing the healing from occurring.  Our current reactions and behavior patterns can be recognized by the memory of the patient and with the help of the Inner Physician the repatterning can begin to take place.  This is where SomatoEmotional Release (SER) becomes part of the CST session. This can be prompted by the therapist or it can be prompted by the Intelligent System in way of a memory and a stop in the craniosacral rhythm, Dr. Upledger called the significant detector.  SER is different from traditional talk therapy as cells have consciousness and store memories as energy. We experience this energy stored as tight, tense, stuck, dense, hard, aches and pain. When the patient is able to repattern, change perception of the memory that popped up, the tissues release tension and become softer, lighter, freer.

In my third session with my client, she experienced waves of movement first in her lower extremities, later on along her thoracic spine and then felt it stopped happening at her cervical spine (neck) area. As she recognized that “stop”, she became aware of her attitude of “just because”.  She then had a memory of herself as a child and being told “because I said so”.  She also recognized that overtime this “just because” attitude led her to procrastination.

She was aware that she was procrastinating in most area of her life, but did not connect the dots to why or what she can do to change.  She frequently asked herself questions like; “why would I want to do this or that? It makes no difference and it does not matter when I pick up the garbage from the floor or wash the dishes etc”… as a response to being directed by adults who gave her no choice and when questioned she was told “because I said so”.

In repatterning her old habits, she realized that she actually loves it when her house is clean, her work is done on time and wakes up in the morning to a kitchen with space on the countertops.  She realized that the “why” in her doubts were pointing her towards her love of and liking things. And so were the adults in her life, who were just unskilled in their communications. All of those mattered. And with an emotional release of tears, she recognized that SHE matters too.

At the end of her session she reported “feeling lightness in my belly and there is a flow in my neck.”

What are your bodily experiences and/or procrastination pointing you towards?

 

Craniosacral Therapy in Water

I recently participated in a dolphin assisted craniosacral therapy program with the Upledger Institute in Freeport, Grand Bahama.  It was an 8 day intense training and treating clients program.

The first 4 days, experienced craniosacral therapists got to learn about CST in water, whether it was in the pool or in the ocean.

Each morning we received instructions on techniques in the water and we all got treatments from each other in a “multi hand” format; first in the pool than later in the afternoon in the ocean. “Multi hand” means, there were two therapists working on one client at the same time.  The experience I had was quite surprising, moving and intense.  It was not the first time I received CST work, but it was the first time I received it in water.  My curiosity about it received an experience I will never forget.

I spent most of my life in the pool as a competitive swimmer from the age of 6 till my late teens, taught and coached swimming for a number of years after, so I thought I was familiar with the atmosphere pool water provides.

“To know is to know that you know nothing” – Socrates.  I now can say, I know what Socrates was talking about. No pun intended. 🙂

The pool and ocean waters were warm, heated by the Bahamian sun, so none of us was aware of feeling cold as we laid still or stood holding our client in the water. The flexibility and flow of the water allowed for body movements that laying on a treatment table may not allow so freely.  Melting in and having your ears underwater throughout the whole treatment was incredibly relaxing.

At the same time as the body expresses itself, all sorts of memories, thoughts and beliefs surfaced that were deep within, but were ready to be repatterned. Some were gone as quickly as they came and some needed more time to process through and integrate.  This is the reason we had 3 sessions each day in both 4 day sessions.

And then the dolphins… They are incredible to be around!

Our first encounter happened right after the first treatment in the pool.  We got to go to a special dolphin training center where we were able to have a 20 minute free swim with the dolphins. We got to know them up close, got to touch them and play with them. We got hugs and kisses too.  We also experienced a treatment session with them on the third day.  The hip pain that was waking me up each night months prior and up till dolphin treatment day is completely gone.  I am enjoying my sleep through the night since then.  Honestly.

                   

The second part of the program included patients who came to receive treatment for various reasons.  The first morning sitting in a circle, we all introduced ourselves and got to know the patients and their health or emotional difficulties.  Patients received 3 multi-hand treatments for 4 days and they also received a 45 minute treatment from dolphins once each day.

The shifts in the way our clients felt from day 1 to day 4 as they shared in the circle each morning, filled the room with joy and gratitude. We all were looking forward to what the next day was going to gift us with.

I am attaching a video link from the Upledger Institute that explains more about the therapy program.  I feel honored to have met the founders and teachers of the program.  I am also grateful for all the gifted therapists that were participating and I had the pleasure of working with.

Here is the link. Scroll down a bit for the video to show up.

https://www.integrativeintentions.com/

To our health and wellness! It is not only possible, it is inevitable.  It is not an “if”, it is a WHEN.

There is Plenty There

I love sitting in my kitchen watching hummingbirds enjoying the nectar in the feeder hanging outside the sliding door.  I find them to be fascinating. One day as I was sitting there waiting for one to show up, I saw two of them flying by. One was chasing the other.  The pursuite went on for about 3 minutes, as one wanted to feed and the other not wanting to share.  The one that wanted to feed was flying in a circle until he found safety behind a flowerpot.  It was funny to watch the pursuer flying around now searching for the one hiding.  He finally decided to fly to the nearest tree and stand guard.  The one behind the flowers thought the scene was safe and came out from hiding.  He flew to the feeder and a second later the chase started all over again. They both disappeared and came back alone a while later.

A thought occurred to me… “If they only knew they had plenty of supply, they would both be sitting on the ledge of the feeder enjoying the unlimited amount of nectar they are both entitled to, because of who they are.  Lovely birds we welcome back each year. We supply them with food for our enjoyment and theirs as well.”

This happening reminded me of the teachings of Wallace Wattles in his book – The Science of Getting Rich – as he says:

“There is no limit to the supply of Formless Stuff, or Original Substance. The universe is made out of it; but it was not all used in making the universe. The spaces in, through and between the forms of the visible universe are permeated and filled with the Original Substance; with the Formless Stuff, with the raw material of all things. Ten thousand times as much as has been made might still be made, and even then, we should not have exhausted the supply of universal raw material. No man, therefore is poor because nature is poor or because there is not enough to go around…….. Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches from the Formless Substance.” 

We may lack in our awareness now, but unlike the hummingbirds, we have the mental ability to connect our awareness to the Original Substance as Wattles calls God, the Universe, Source etc…

What is one idea, belief or opinion you would be willing to see differently today, so you could experience more abundance in any area of your life?

 

 

Post Covid Syndrome

Post-acute COVID-19 is a syndrome characterized by the persistence of clinical symptoms beyond four weeks from the onset of acute symptoms. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has formulated “post-Covid conditions” to describe health issues that persist more than four weeks after being infected with COVID-19.

The typical clinical symptoms in “long covid” are tiredness, dyspnea, fatigue, brain fogginess, autonomic dysfunction, headache, persistent loss of smell or taste, cough, depression, low-grade fevers, palpitations, dizziness, muscle pain, and joint pains.

Multiorgan effects of COVID-19 include clinical manifestations pertaining to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, and neuropsychiatric organ systems, although the duration of these multiorgan system effects is unclear.

Given limited published data on this new clinical entity, the precise pathophysiology of post-acute COVID-19 syndrome is unknown and is likely multifactorial especially considering the involvement of multiple organ systems. Following any severe infection or trauma, the human body reacts with an overwhelming immune response called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), followed by a prolonged compensatory, counterbalancing anti-inflammatory cascade called compensatory anti-inflammatory response syndrome (CARS). – Sourced from National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

If you have been experiencing any signs of Post Covid Syndrome, schedule your appointment for CST today.

By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

There is relief and healing in your decision for receiving CST treatment(s).

Healing through Somato-Emotional Release (SER)

A client mentioned an unwanted happening in her marriage to which she kept having the same reaction. She cringed. Like most people, she wanted this unwanted happening to end by stopping her husband’s action from happening.

Recognizing a Pattern

As we tapped into what actually was happening through her, she realized and heard a physical experience of a static noise in her head. To the question whether she remembers this noise happening before in her life, she noted a particular event with her mother in which she found herself thinking “I did not want this, I don’t know what to do”. She felt so stressed at that time that she needed to leave her mother’s house. She went to the beach and shared her thoughts with a friend.

Connection and Growth

At the time she did not know, but in our SER session she understood, that as she was talking to her friend, she was also working her thoughts out within herself, and she recognized that what what she wanted was connection and growth in her relationship with her mother. She was able to reconcile her discontent with her mother and their relationship became stronger. She was able to face her mother’s decisions with compassion and support.

The Saving Grace in Saving a Marriage

In her mind and relationship with her husband, this same concept did not exist. She wanted her husband to stop doing what she did not want or knew how to deal with. She was contemplating a divorce. Her experience was the same – cringing, static noise and, not knowing what to do – but this time she had resentment on her mind when she talked about the situation. As she connected the dots of symptoms and thought patterns, she came to the understanding that her choice of resentment is a detour from creating a happy marriage.

Making a Decision

She made the decision to think of her husband that same loving way she thought about her mother. Not because she felt her husband deserved it, but because she remembered who SHE was. She decided to remember love within and take action from that memory. A simple change like this moved their relationship from going forward with the divorce she was contemplating to keeping the dancing in their marriage alive.

 

You Are Loved

I had a challenging day a short while ago that connected me to some of the decisions I and a loved one made. I felt “useless” and “did not know what to do” or “how to help this loved one close to me.” By then I was familiar with meditation, the idea of Intuition (the still, small voice), so I took a few minutes out of my day and sat down to contemplate. As I worked on quieting my own mind and accept what is, I heard the “still, small voice” within me say:

“You are loved to all extensions your imagination takes you”.

For a little while I stayed with the peaceful feeling this thought brought me. Then it got me thinking. What does this really mean? What can I do to experience that peace and feel loved no matter what my circumstance is? And once I know, what can I do to help my family members and others accept this as reality?

“Your mind is the means by which you determine your own condition, because mind is the mechanism of decision.” ACIM, T-8.IV.5:7

I learned through the message I heard that no matter what decisions I make, I can not fail and that I am loved. I also learned that this is a message I can actually apply to my thinking in any situation or circumstance I find myself in instead of reverting to my judgmental state of mind. I am loved. It is a gift and I have the choice to accept it or deny it. Either way, I am loved. The difference my decision makes is how I feel, the words I use, the actions I take or not take, hence the results I see in my life.

In his book – You Squared – Price Pritchett wrote, “Unless you allow yourself to make mistakes, to fail, you will never have the opportunity to test the limits of what you are truly capable of accomplishing.”

Would you join with me in applying this idea to your own circumstances; “You are loved to all extensions your imagination takes you” as you continue living your life?  You too have a choice. Accept or deny.  Which one will you choose and apply in your thinking hence your experiences? What decisions would you make from knowing “you are loved to all extensions your imagination takes you”?

Applying this message to my life brought me to add Life Coaching to my already existing Craniosacral Therapy business. My loved one is meditating and turned his life around too.  I love how life unfolded from that one heartbreaking experience for both of us. I am exited to see how we will keep on turning a mistake into an experience that keeps on living and giving.

I love you. Thank you for reading. See you next time.