During a session, you would lie comfortably on the massage table with specially chosen music playing softly in the background. I, the craniosacral therapist would then use a variety of palpation and other skills to determine where the physical blocks in the body and where the energy cysts in the body, are located . I then (to very much simplify it) simply follow the "healing track" of your own body's wisdom to release these energy cysts, fascial restrictions and the like. Oftentimes there are emotions that are stored in the tissue and cells of the body from past trauma - physical or emotional trauma. For example, you could have deep terror stored in your neck as a result of a serious car accident you had when you were five or twelve. Somato-emotional release is simply put, emotions releasing from the soma ~ the body. It is a natural extension of Craniosacral Therapy.
"Practitioners of CranioSacral Therapy have recognized that physical and/or emotional traumas that were too much for the body to dissipate at the time (of the trauma) can become isolated so that a sort of 'energy cyst' is formed. Somato-Emotional Release locates these energy cysts and gently facilitates the release and resolution of these old traumas that are stored in the body (Soma). Suppressed emotions and traumas are a key factor in the development of muscular tension, high blood pressure, heart disease, immune weakness and disease in general. Real healing begins when these energy cysts are released, vital body energy is freed up and many chronic illnesses and problems are resolved. A safe, caring environment, gentle techniques to release physical tensions, therapeutic imagery and dialogue are all combined to facilitate the expression and release of suppressed emotion and trauma. Somato-Emotional Release has been described as a way for patients to reconnect with their own inner wisdom and healing ability."
Breathwork: Breathwork is an excellent way to obtain health on many levels. I personally use breathwork to help me to release deep emotions that are stored in the tissues of my body. It is deeply relaxing & healing in many ways. My clients lie on the massage table and I teach them the rythmic and wave-like breathing technique that brings them deeply into themselves. The breath brings us to the emotions that need to be released. My attitude is that whatever needs to release, will release! It is a process of trusting ones own inner wisdom! Breathwork can be incorporated into the craniosacral session as well. Here are some of the benefits of doing breathwork.
Increased Physical Well-Being
Increases oxygenation throughout the body
Improves energy levels
Stimulates circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid
Balances the flow of energy throughout the body
Improves well being for many conditions and ailments such as stress-related illnesses, headaches, chronic pain, and many others.
Improved Mental, Emotional and Spiritual States
Reduces worry and anxiety
Enhances the awareness of self-sabotaging patterns
Clears past traumas and dramas
Increases life enjoyment
Relieves depressive and negative emotions
Provides Spiritual Expansion
Strengthens the connection with the Divine
Allows fuller expression of love and joy
Deepens the connection to ones self and that leads to many wonderful joys!