craniosacral therapy for trauma

everything you heal helps heal the world

Rest your weary heads and hearts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.seek help to comfort and heal. send blessings to our world now. everything you heal helps heal the world. meaningless suffering must stop.

What rituals bring you comfort when the world throws challenges your way?  Let me share one of mine. I have a ritual of listening with the feeling a photo evokes and posting my poetry on Facebook. In my experience, listening is an invitation for something unexpected to emerge.

Listening is one way to express being with another person. In healing we call it "holding space" to witness what wants to happen when we become quiet. Something extraordinary takes place in this relationship. As my CranioSacral sessions evolved, I began to witness my clients as they were seated for The Flow, the pre-session trauma release work, before lying down on the table.

What unfolded in these sessions taught me that our nervous system is designed to discharge stress through movement. You might say, well I know that. Here's the difference: The Flow is based upon CranioSacral principles. As you are guided to slow down, you will feel calmer and centered as your muscular tension softens. In a series of rhythmical movements your nervous system unwinds stored tension. In this short Flow work, the intelligent body clears first to physically align. It's simple and richly complex because it's our nervous system.

In the face of trauma everyone needs to move their head and tails to reorient. When external events trigger panic and stress, the dorsal and ventral vagus nerve and the adrenal glands are in charge of everything. Neurologically it's for one reason only: to move you towards greater wholeness. I teach a system that naturally calms, relieves pain, and releases stress while aligning the body.

Would you like to experience freedom in your body in 10 minutes? Let me guide you through this exercise.This is your invitation to learn the Sacred Flow. All I ask is 20 minutes of your time including answering a short survey. Sign up now as I have opened up 5 spaces for the Flow Freebie.  Reply by email to schedule your call where I will talk you through The Flow or if you like we will meet in person for this mini session.

After experiencing trauma millions of people need self regulation tools to cope. The devastating Boston Marathon bombings made this clear. My system is gentle and works for people with physical challenges such as migraines, tinnitus, hearing loss or vertigo. It's what I use daily living with MS. I look forward to flowing with you soon.

release trauma from your body

I believe that life gives us experiences to understand the body we live in and heal ourselves. After reflecting over a fall a few weeks ago, I've been wondering about the coincidence of something unexpected happening right when my body was functioning well. You can learn how to release trauma from your body by turning on your body's self healing mechanisms.  

On Thursday my confidence was up, you see, with multiple sclerosis, my walking was smoother than usual. I was feeling happy with my body. Then something happened...in the very next moment my body is lunging forward.... I was falling. Within seconds I was about to hit my head on the kitchen floor. Everything within me wanted to keep my head from striking.

I entered a time warp, feeling myself moving through space so slowly that when I landed my brain said "what was that?"

Fact: I was flat on my back. My legs were not strong enough to push me up. AND I knew my phone was out of reach on the kitchen table.

My wild warrior  vagus nerve kicked in and orchestrated a stress response flooding my brain and body with stress hormones. The short story is that I had to literally rock and roll my body upright, knock the phone off the kitchen table, and call Chris for help. My husband's first response was to embrace me with his body, pull me tight and start breathing together outloud. This short circuited the more primitive track of the vagus nerve,according to polyvagal theory, which is to immobilize the body into helplessness when threatened.

7 steps to release trauma:

  • Start breathing into your belly. In and out. If you can, remember square breathing. Four counts in. Four counts out.
  • Move & shake your body. Get up, start walking back and forth. Shake your body. Yes! like a dog does after getting wet.
  • Rock and roll if your down on the ground. Moving your body is empowering.
  • Say this mantra out loud: "In this moment everything is alright."
  • Connect with people.  Hug, embrace, hold hands, look in each other's eyes. Human contact is central for healing quickly.
  • Remember love heals. If you are alone after striking your head, tell yourself that you love your head, arm, knee, etc. You are sending oxytocin, the love hormone.
  • Schedule CranioSacral for clearing and aligning your head with your body after a trauma.

Looking back now I believe this event happened for my ultimate growth. In a stressful situtaion, I was empowered. My reptilian brain was bypassed by the reassurance of human touch instead of being immobilized in fear, driving both the emotional and physical trauma deeper.