Acknowledging the Pain to Heal

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, CranioSacral Therapy, natural childbirth, SomatoEmotional Release, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When we consider the concept of evolution, we often think about change happening over generations.  We look at Darwin’s work meticulously charting changes in beak size and other factors that can help a species adapt to their surroundings.  We debate over whether the digestive tract of the human body has evolved to adequately process the increased consumption of grains thanks to the Agricultural Revolution.  But, what about the evolution of each of us as individuals during our human experience? The human brain reaches full development around the age of 25.  That is not to say that the kitchen timer rings and suddenly our growth is complete.  There is always an opportunity to grow, change, and evolve towards our greatest potential.  What matters most is the ability to let the ego go and be open to change.  This may be easier said than done.  When I talk about evolving in your human experience, I am not referring to adding an inch to your height.  I am referring to literally allowing pain to destroy that which no longer serves you on your journey.  (I am in no way endorsing seeking out pain, staying in a volatile relationship, or inflicting it on others.) We as a culture shun pain.  If someone tries to talk openly and honestly about pain, we say they are complaining, they are weak, they are self absorbed.  The over-medication of our escapist society with a surge in prescription drugs, alcohol consumption, and any other feel-good substance do nothing more than numb us from that which is there to help us.  These tools do have their place, but we are all individuals.  We each have our own body chemistry, physiology, life experience, beliefs, situation, & outlook that can affect the role of these medications.  Prozac may work great for one person, while another may respond better to CBD oil.  It is important to find an Integrative Functional Medicine practitioner to help manage supplements and medication. In the Army, we were constantly told (and it trickles down to the lowest rank) to, “Suck it up, and drive on!”.  The most common cure-all was 800mg of ibuprofin and water.  It was ingrained to put mind over matter and just keep pushing through.  I understand that the mission comes first, and sometimes we do need to FIDO (F*&k it, drive on).  But, when it is all said and done, restoration and reset are paramount. Soon-to-be mothers often choose an epidural or an elective cesarean section because they are afraid that they cannot handle the pain.  When I was 9 months pregnant, a friend gave me the best advice for labor.  “Savor the exquisite pain,” she said.  She went into a story about with her...

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The Control Touch- From Helicopters to the Craniosacral System

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog, brain health, CranioSacral Therapy | 0 comments

In aviation, a pilot’s control touch can be the difference between a smooth ride and a bumpy one.  Flying helicopters requires a certain type of finesse.  Back in flight school, the Instructor Pilots (IP) used a lot of similar cues to teach us how to fly.  The one that has been coming to mind recently is how minute our control inputs were to hover.  To get to this level of calm, you had to completely relax and “think” the aircraft where you wanted it to go. I have always loved hovering.  Literally floating ten feet above the ground.  During our first couple weeks of flight school, that was a big focus.  Just learn how to keep the helicopter still in the air.  It sounds easy, right?  Well, it took most of us about 10 hours in the cockpit before it finally clicked.  Ten hours can be a long time when you’re just trying to focus on not going anywhere.  They would start us off simple, giving the student one of the three controls at a time to get used to it. While the IP had the helicopter under his control, we just hovered, rock solid, over the same spot.  It looked effortless.  I looked over at the way he sat, his hands moving slightly, his feet gracefully working the pedals, yet we remained still.  “You have the pedals,” he said.  “I have the pedals,” I replied and put my feet out on the pedals.  To complete the three-way positive transfer of the controls, he responded once more before giving me full control of our yaw, “You have the pedals.”  Almost immediately, the helicopter started to yaw to the right.  “You need more left pedal,” he instructed.  I gave the left pedal a little kick, and we violently swung 120 degrees to the left.  “A little less than that.”  We continued rocking from right to left until my quads started burning because I was pushing too hard.  The IP took the pedals back to give me a few seconds to shake out the lactic acid built up from my legs fighting themselves.  After some time of doing little more than working the pedals, I learned how to lighten my control touch and stay relaxed.  One by one, I practiced with the each of the controls until I became more comfortable and accustomed to the helicopter’s response to my inputs. It took some time and a lot of patience, but eventually, I learned how to hold the helicopter still, 10 feet above the ground.  Stillness.  When it came time to start moving, I was instructed to just “think it forward”.  Any movement of my hand holding the cyclic that could be visually noticed was too much....

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