Exploring the Unknown by Margie Farias CST

Upon reading the words CranioSacral Therapy you might think: “My head is OK, what could this therapy possibly do for me?”

Here are a few of the comments that I have received over the years, from clients after CranioSacral Therapy sessions:

“I slept for 12 hours undisturbed.”……“I feel like going out dancing!”…….“My sight is so clear!”…..“It’s like I am 6 inches taller.”……“I feel like I can deal with any problem now.”…….“I’ve never been so relaxed in my life.”……“I went from a migraine every week to only one every 4 months.”

OK, you get the idea….it must be working for some people. But why? Why would everything from fibromyalgia, low back pain, emotional stress, TMJ syndrome and asthma, to rheumatoid arthritis, constipation, migraines and scoliosis, ALL respond beneficially to CranioSacral Therapy (CST)?

In Western culture we are taught to trust only in logical, visible and practical evidence in our approach to health. We have all likely experienced the benefits, as well as the shortcomings, of this allopathic model. Some of us have become intrigued with at least some of the natural, conservative care, “alternative” choices for our health, that are now being used in our country with more frequency. These choices are being used to effectively compliment the allopathic model, and for some of us, replace it.

If you are already a believer in natural healing, you know that “everything is connected”. As a CranioSacral Therapist I describe that connection as: facilitating an optimal environment for the nervous system, so your body can self-correct. Your body is always seeking balance and well-being.  Yes, indeed, influencing fluid pressure in the head, detecting strain in the body’s fascial system, balancing the spine, and taking pressure off of cranial nerves, all and more, can help the body balance itself through CST. It is a major challenge to stay open to all this information. An extremely brief explanation of what happens in a session is:  I use a light touch to engage with my client’s body and their CranioSacral rhythm, find whatever interference presents itself, follow the movement of the interference waves, and hold a space for resolution.  In this process the nervous system finds DEEP relaxation and the “door is open” for shifts to occur and healing to ensue.

There is more, however, to understanding this unique therapy, and it is described well with the ancient Greek term “hyparxis”. This is a concept that expands on the general acknowledgement that left-brained linear logic and right-brained artistic instincts, form the perceptions of our world. Hyparxis goes further and includes the ability to perceive, with an intuitive heart, the interconnectedness of all things. It is with all three of these perceptive tools that, as a CranioSacral therapist, I need to approach each session with a client. It is hyparxis that each client’s non-conscious body has available to them in the journey to knowing and achieving good health. There are, of course, other avenues for reaching this heart centered perception, and many of us seek and practice them. CST can be an incredible tool in this journey.

Is it not when we have explored new possibilities, something or someone or someplace unknown, that we transform ourselves and our world? And probably we feel gratified for it? The mystery of your self is ripe for exploration with CranioSacral Therapy. 

Four Chambered Heart by Margie Farias

Healing is a process not a destination. Mountain Pearl has introduced the idea of using the influence of the seasons as gentle guides in our day to day approach to achieving and maintaining good health.

In the midst of this winter season I offer this quick practice to help nurture winter’s opportunity for reflection, introspection and focus on our inner light.  This will take 10-15 minutes and is an abbreviated version of the Four Chambered Heart Meditation. You don’t need to know any anatomy, just use your own imaginative visual:

Once you have found a quiet place and some stillness, visualize your heart with its 4 chambers. Invite it to come forward and fill your immediate field of energy.

** Take a deep breath into the left upper chamber, and continue with this breath. This is your “full heart”. Sense the abundance. Stay there as long as you like…

** Now, continuing with the same breath, direct it to the left lower chamber. This is your “open” heart. Open up to all that you can take in, even the uncomfortable and unfamiliar, with no judgement. Stay here as long as you like…

** Move your focus to the right upper chamber with a relaxing full breath. Even if the full breathing is becoming painful, try to continue with it. This is your “clear heart”. This is where you will find total clarity, perfect reflection. Stay here as long as you like…

** Finally, with powerful breathing, move to the right lower chamber. This is your “strong heart”! Feel the power coming up into this chamber from the earth, your root! Continue power breathing: this is your dream, your strength, your battle standard. Own this. 

** Finish by breathing normally into all 4 chambers at once…this is you, your center, your spiritual heart. Stay here as long as you like…

Remember: wherever your attention goes, there also will your energy flow! In future offerings, I will explain how our breath—our life force—can be enhanced by craniosacral work with the respiratory diaphragm. 

Margie Farias, CranioSacral Therapist