Exploring Craniosacral Therapy as a Complementary Approach to Migraine Management

Migraines are debilitating headaches characterized by intense pulsating or throbbing pain, often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. While the exact cause of migraines remains elusive, they are believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.

I first began experiencing migraines during my teenage years. They would typically start with the unsettling sensation of a dark spot in my vision, resembling an eclipse, followed by the emergence of bright spots similar to stars. Soon after, the pain would set in, accompanied by nausea and other unpleasant symptoms mentioned above.

Fortunately, my active lifestyle as a competitive swimmer meant there was little time to dwell on these debilitating episodes. Remarkably, the migraines ceased during this period, only to resurface later in adulthood as I juggled the responsibilities of raising three children.

Upon consulting medical professionals, I was informed that migraines would likely be a lifelong companion, however, manageable with medication and stress reduction. As a busy parent, the notion of waiting out symptoms or relying solely on medication didn’t align with my lifestyle.

Driven by a desire for better management or, ideally, complete healing, I began exploring alternative therapies. Initially, I turned to massage therapy that I was in school for and which provided some relief. It was during this time that I stumbled upon Craniosacral Therapy (CST) —a modality I had never encountered before.

Despite my initial unfamiliarity, I felt an intuitive pull towards CST. It proved to be a revelation—a profound shift in my well-being that I hadn’t experienced with any other bodywork techniques. This realization prompted me to delve deeper into CST, and pursued formal education in this body and mind work modality which I have been practicing for over 13 years.

Over six years now, I am celebrating a life free from migraines and medication. The journey wasn’t without its challenges; it required a shift in mindset and dedicated effort to release old patterns developed since childhood. Yet, the transformative impact on my health and quality of life has made every step of the journey worthwhile.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that aims to release tension and restrictions in the craniosacral system, which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The subtle hands-on techniques improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes.

I would like to encourage individuals to seek out Craniosacral Therapy as a complementary or alternative treatment for migraines. By addressing imbalances and restrictions in the craniosacral system, it can help alleviate the underlying causes of migraines and reduce their frequency and severity, and yes, like in my case, a complete healing from it is also possible. If you are like me, the gentle nature of CST makes it appealing to those who prefer non-invasive therapies and may be seeking alternatives to medication.

It’s important to note that the scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of Craniosacral Therapy for migraines is limited. To me, this makes no difference! It worked for me, so it can work for others as well.

Migraines are complex neurological conditions, and their management often requires a multidisciplinary approach that may include medication for the time being, lifestyle modifications for sure, and other therapies. In my case, SomatoEmotional Release (SER) which is part of CST was enough. I did not need to turn to other modalities. However, everybody and every body is different, so following your own Intuition is always the best approach.

I recommend that individuals considering CST for migraines should consult with a qualified healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms and treatment options. A thorough evaluation can help determine whether integrating CST into a comprehensive migraine management plan is right for you.

As with any alternative therapy, it’s essential to approach CST with an open mind and to work closely with healthcare professionals to ensure safe and effective treatment.

I hope this information was helpful to you if suffering with migraines, giving you hope for relief and a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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.

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.

A Thought on Being Productive

A couple years ago I was working late at night and was sitting in an ambulance waiting for a call. The night was slow, we had just a few calls to respond to. As my partner and I were sitting and waiting, I started to get antsy. I was feeling bored.  First I thought I was just going to take a walk, but I decided to take my time and get into my happy place instead. I noticed that feeling antsy was my signal that I wanted to feel something better than bored. I asked what I would love. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be productive. At that moment I could not think of anything I could do to make that happen, so I sat back and meditated. Later on I realized sitting back and meditating is also an action, just not the way I believed being productive would ease my boredom.

In my meditation, memories of my childhood came in mind. Particularly my dad and grandfather. I heard their words: “being a productive member of society” fairly often. They were hard workers and I hardly ever saw them sit and relax. I saw myself believing in their words and learned to live the same way.

I turned to my Inner Wisdom to show me what “productive” means. I received a beautiful feeling of relaxation and with that the words:

“Feeling fulfilled without having to do”. 

My boredom was gone instantly, I felt happy and fulfilled for the rest of the night without another patient to attend to.  

The following morning this daily quote was sitting in my inbox from the Hicks Foundation:

“Your action has nothing to do with your abundance! Your abundance is a response to your vibration. Of course, your belief is part of your vibration. So if you believe that action is part of what brings your abundance, then you’ve got to unravel that.”

If you would like to explore your path to “feeling fulfilled without having to do” or become a better listener of your Intuition, my Life Coaching (online or in person) programs can help. You’ll be glad you made the call.