We may not be resistant to stress, but we can be resilient to its effects.
*Veterans are eligible to receive therapy courtesy of the Corporal Chad Oligschlaeger Foundation for PTSD*
With a gentle touch (the weight of a nickel), the practitioner manipulates and releases restrictions throughout the craniosacral system (CS). The CS has a powerful influence over other physiological systems to include the nervous, endocrine, immune, and musculoskeletal systems. This therapeutic process can be very helpful in releasing tension to relieve pain (both acute and chronic), processing stress (old and new), and improve whole-body health and wellness. It is also an excellent option to recharge your body and find your center. CST creates room for the body to become free to heal itself.
A normal session will last 60 minutes. The client lies on a massage table and remains fully clothed. Part of the therapist’s role is to create a nurturing and supportive environment for the client to truly relax. Many experience sensations of deep relaxation throughout the session. Because this uses such a light touch and is minimally invasive, CST can be a good choice for all ages.
Conditions that CST can ease include:
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)- AKA Personal Transformation of Self Daily
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Stress and tension-related disorders
- Motor-coordination impairments
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is based on the research supporting the premise that emotional energy from trauma can become imprinted and trapped in our bodies. These emotional imprints have been coined as “energy cysts”. While these energy cysts can be a coping mechanism for our bodies to continue to function, if not addressed, and as stress accumulates from life, our bodies can reach a tipping point of dis-ease and dysfunction. This can lead to an inability to suppress or ignore the symptoms any longer. When the body is ready to release an energy cyst, it is known as a SomatoEmotional Release. The practitioner’s role is hold space and facilitate the release as a neutral presence without judgement. Undergoing an SER is an individual experience. Some may have intense emotional experience, while others may no shed a single tear. It is not uncommon for a client’s body to spontaneously move into the same position as it was during the time of the trauma. This is the body’s way of accessing the stored energy for processing. It is all normal. Some responses to an SER include:
- Specific memories from the trauma or event
- Spontaneous welling up of emotions such as fear, anger, jealousy, saddness, frustration, or guilt
- Elated relaxation after the SER is complete.
- Relief of finally getting to “scratch the itch”
The Japanese characters of Reiki directly translate to mean “universal life-force energy” or “spiritual enlightenment”. Simply put, Reiki is an energy healing system used to bring an individual into harmony with the divine perfection of his/her self. The general concept is self-healing through harnessing universal life force energy. While developed by Buddhist culture, Reiki is not associated with any religion and does not adhere to specific doctrines or philosophies. The attuned practioner channels Reiki energy to the client either sitting, standing, or on a massage table. Clients remain fully clothed for the session. Reiki is a wonderful option as a stand-alone therapy, and can be an adjunct to other forms of treatment (such as CranioSacral Therapy) to expedite healing and recovery. It is also a great choice as a preventive tool for wellness.
The different chemical compositions of therapeutic-grade essential oils have profound effects of the body in many facets. For example, the limbic system in the brain responds to smells by pairing them with a memory. Just think of the smell of mom’s famous cookies, pizza, a fresh spring day, the smell after a fresh snow, or just smell the shirt of the one you love. Immediately, you will have a memory. It is not a conscious choice, it is the limbic system associating the smell with a moment in your life. This can be both good and bad (I will never forget the smells from Iraq and Afghanistan, both happy and sad). Beyond the limbic system, the body’s chemistry is affected by essential oils if they are of therapeutic grade. What’s the difference between those and organic or even 100% pure? Therapeutic grade is meant to ensure purity of the oil meaning it is organic, separated from the natural source in a quality-controlled environment, and free of contaminants (there is some controversy going around about this as well- come in and we can chat). For an oil to be labeled 100% pure, federal regulation only requires 5% of the actual product in the bottle. What’s the other 95%? Probably garbage and fillers. They smell nice, but won’t have as profound an effect on the body. I often incorporate oils from Young Living Essential Oils, and it is completely optional.
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Other considerations in your healing process include physical activity, restorative self-care techniques, & lifestyle choices. My office is non-denominational and I practice the spirituality of tolerance, unity, and respect. All beliefs are welcome. I am not here to make you fit into a mold, I am here to hold space for you to come into the being of awesomeness that you are.