Take Care of Yourself First


One way I take care of myself first is by being quiet before my day starts. Sometimes I’m greeted by beautiful light through the solarium windows. Even a moment to be still to listen to my body makes a difference. Being present with myself for a breath or two is true self care.

The more I breathe the more grounded I am. Groundedness is necessary to feel healthy and vital. When you begin to notice you’re wound up you may be responding to your day from only a fraction of your potential.

The longer you are not fully occupying your body the more body symptoms of anxiety, tension, tightness, and pressure may slow you down distorting reality.

Let me share how it works. You are an energetic being connected on many levels, highly capable, and emotionally resourced to respond to life’s challenges as you make the best possible choices.

You are able to handle stress until you’re not.

Sometimes all it takes is being triggered. In an instant something in your present experience triggers your past tipping you off center. Emotional memories rise up in the body creating symptoms. Because it’s energy, once it’s embraced, allowing your experience to be here, thing’s shift. You can breathe deeper.

Your body’s protection turns up the volume expressing as muscle tension or feeling locked in an uncomfortable pattern. Maybe your back seizes up, or a headache starts or your body’s self protection makes you anxious. Maybe now you can turn your attention inward.

What if you were gently held as you return to your soft capable self - resilient and grounded. My style of CranioSacral helps you navigate your current life challenges as you place yourself first. Taking care of yourself first is loving. When you give yourself time to connect - you are grounded again. Caring for others from this place does not take energy.

Try taking a few minutes in the morning to listen to your body and ground. Bring yourself back. Listen to yourself just as you are. Real and human.


What Does Healing Mean For You?


For me healing means supporting your body-mind to be whole and vital. CranioSacral healing provides an environment for being in relationship with your whole self. Begin by creating space for yourself to be right where you are. It's uncomfortable, sometimes messy, and never predictable.


It's human nature to want your symptoms to go away. Remember your mind plays an important role. Your mind can either reject your body through analyzing WHY or WORRYING about the future. Staying in your head is spinning in circles. 

Remember you always can choose connection with your body through acceptance. Begin where you are. Your body always tells the truth.

EXERCISE :: Bring your awareness to your body. Breathe. Feel your body's sensations. Listen to your body. What do you notice when you are "in" your head? What do you notice when you are "in" your body?


craniosacral can help the body grieve

In July, I  learned from Mark Brady's engaging neuroscience blog, The Committed Parent, that a grieving brain produces a hormonal response in the body that feels like anxiety. Now I understand better why my clients' physical symptoms don't always clear up easily, and why they stay low-energy, dizzy, disoriented, unmotivated. They may be experiencing a recent death or unresolved grief, and they don't connect that grief with ongoing or new physical symptoms. CranioSacral can help the body grieve.  

Your body may be demonstrating signs of grief if you are living with:

  • a diagnosis of serious illness, yours or that of someone in your family
  • being overwhelmed by taking care of others before yourself, whether at home or at work
  • the financial stress of chronic illness and the avalanche of difficulty this can cause
  • the death of a family member, whether close or distant (this can sneak up on you or surprise you with an intensity that doesn't reflect how close you were to this person)
  • the heart break of a miscarriage
  • a change in relationship, like divorce or separation
  • children's health issues

Your discomfort may seem logically disconnected from grief. It can show up as dizziness, as with one client whose mother died over a year ago. You might feel intense ear pain and diminished hearing; the emotional issue behind one woman's of ear symptoms was the divorce of parents at the time of her own wedding. Another woman had been experiencing migraines for the past 12 years, since the premature death of her brother; her heart break was connected to these headaches and a new symptom of hand numbness when her father-in-law and a beloved family pet died within a short time of each other.

One mother I know deals regularly and straightforwardly with her understanding of the connection between grief and the body. She brings all her children in to me because her oldest child is living with terminal illness; grief is an active element in their family life, and she wants to help all of them deal with emotions as they come up so that physical symptoms can heal. Her children can feel both their bodies and their emotions by coming in for CranioSacral.

Grief helps explain the intensity and duration of symptoms I see in my practice, especially when there's no physical trauma. What I feel present in the head can tell me that someone has not yet moved through grief. From Mark Brady I learned that stress hormones keep the pain of grieving alive long after what you'd expect, and caring for your body with CranioSacral will help you get back to living your life fully.

If you are grieving a loss, be kind to yourself, and understand that your body may be speaking in ways your consciousness can't. I can help your body move through your grief and feel better physically.   Please share this post with friends and family you know who are dealing with grief --- I can help them through it.