After many years of intense musical training, at the age of 15, I developed Fibromyalgia.This complex syndrome remains very difficult to cure, and I decided to focus my intention on natural therapies.
When researching alternative therapies, I was introduced to Doctor Upledger, one of the leading figures in the CranioSacral world. I travelled to Florida and underwent intensive treatment at the Upledger Institute. Following this, I returned to France much healed, and whilst continuing with regular treatments I have never had a relapse. This experience had been so rewarding and moving that I developed a strong desire to help people, and to support them as much as I had been supported. I studied at the College of CranioSacral Therapy in London, where I received a thorough training.
I am a fully registered practitioner and a member of the CranioSacral Therapy Association of the UK. As a violinist I am very attracted to the healing power of sound, and I am introducing music into my treatments by using the Gongs that I have discovered through my Kundalini Yoga teacher and which are an essential element to my current well being.
I have studied at the College of Sound Healing in London, where I received my Gong Practitioner certificate.
about craniosacral therapy
Stemming from the work of Dr William Sutherland - the pioneer of cranial osteopathy - at the start of the 20th century, craniosacral therapy (CST) was developed by American osteopath John E. Upledger, who was Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of treatment, which involves a practitioner applying very light touch to the body (usually no greater than 5 grams) to evaluate and enhance the functioning of a body system called the craniosacral system.
The craniosacral system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the skull down to the tailbone. The practitioner’s goal is to release restrictions in this system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
in more depth
Life In Motion
Life expresses itself as motion. At a fundamental level of our physiological functioning all healthy, living tissues subtly 'breathe' with the motion of life - a phenomenon that produces rhythmic impulses which can be palpated by sensitive hands.The presence of a subtle rhythmic motion in the body was discovered by osteopath Dr. William Garner Sutherland about 100 years ago. Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Sutherland realized that cranial sutures were, in fact, designed for movement. He demonstrated the existence of this motion, and concluded that it is produced by the body’s inherent life force, which he called the Breath of Life. Furthermore, Dr. Sutherland realized that the motion of cranial bones is closely connected to the motion of cerebrospinal fluid, the brain and spinal cord, the membranes surrounding the central nervous system and the sacrum.
Essential ordering forces
The Breath of Life produces a series of rhythms in the body that make up a subtle physiological system, called the primary respiratory system. The ability of tissues to express their natural rhythmic motion is a critical factor in determining their state of health, due to the fact that the primary respiratory system carries the essential forces which maintain our physiological balance and order.
The body becomes patterned according to how our intrinsic resources of health are able to deal with any stresses that we may experience. Any unresolved tensions, strains and traumas create sites of inertia in the body which may accumulate over time. These sites affect the natural expression of primary respiratory motion and so hinder our ability to function. Common causes of inertia are physical injuries, emotional and psychological stresses, birth trauma and toxicity. The body thus becomes a unique expression of our health, history and conditioning. As a result of unresolved inertia, events are imprinted in the tissues like video tape which may keep replaying whenever stimulated.Through the development of subtle placatory skills, the craniosacral practitioner can read the story of the body by sensing the patterns and qualities of primary respiratory motion. The intention in CranioSacral therapy is to help free any areas of inertia so that the ordering forces of the Breath of Life find expression in the tissues. When this happens, it is marked by the restoration of balance and symmetry in primary respiratory motion and a return to normal functioning.
CranioSacral therapy is a hands-on approach that involves 'listening with the fingers' to the body’s subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia and congestion. The emphasis of treatment is to encourage and enhance the body's own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities, even in the most acute resistances and pathologies.Subtle suggestions are introduced through the practitioner’s hands to help restore balance in areas that have been affected by inertia. With this skillful touch the practitioner can assisthe body to resolve patterns of disorder, thereby encouraging a revitalization of tissues with the healing forces of the Breath of Life.
A holistic approach
CranioSacral therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing. The inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are acknowledged, as well as how the body reflects experiences and retains the memory of trauma. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses, helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being.
Treatment is carried out with the patient fully dressed and in a relaxed position. Being very gentle, non invasive and non drug based, CST is suitable for babies, children, those with acute pain and the elderly, as well as during pregnancy. Designed to complement the body’s own natural healing process, CST is often used as a preventative health measure.
Successful treatment has been reported in a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic. These include arthritis, asthma, back pain, bronchitis, colic, depression, digestive disorders, frozen shoulder, hyperactivity, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, menstrual pain, migraine, sciatica, sinusitis, spinal curvatures, sports injuries, stress, tinnitus, jaw disorders and whiplash
- 'What is Craniosacral Therapy?' By Michael Kern
- The NHS directory ( CST definition)
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|Molly Nyman and Harry Escott||www.myspace.com/mollyharry|
|College of CranioSacral Therapy||www.ccst.co.uk|
|Upledger Institute Florida||www.upledger.com|
|College of Sound Healing||www.collegeofsoundhealing.co.uk|
|Sheila Whittaker Sound Healer||www.healingsound.net|
|Craniosacral therapy association of the UK||www.craniosacral.co.uk/|