BODY WORK_BODY AWARENESS both ancient and adapted knowledge that is becoming frequently more known. Something of which is hidden and thrives to be re-surfaced. A means to a healthy existence.
For some an element of survival that keeps us balanced and sane. For others, a craze trend or stereotypical Stamp of Status.
Yoga, Pilates, Massage, Reiki and the likes, just a few amongst the pick n mix of healing and wellness modalities.
We are often asked what we do, consequently, what brands our livelihood and status. Apparently, highly important if we want to make a mark in life or paint a brightly coloured picture to impress the likes of others. To others a means of Soul expression and for others to simply survive.
In the moment of expressing that I am a teacher in Yoga or Therapist, there fizzles an instant recognition as to who I am as a person. Topped with a spreading of icing as to what type of bun I bake. So apparently, my bun is fluffy and light with lots of sparkles and stars. Not too expensive, but will leave you high in the sky.
However, if you take a bite from my bun you might find it’s also quite different. In this buffet of delights named Life, there are so many flavours to endeavour. The bitter and sweet needs balance, the Yin and Yang needs to become one whole to make this buffet even more delightful. No doubt we love that regular dose of chilli (aka adrenaline) to boom and spark the daily fire. Personally, I embrace it all – Biking, Cross-fit, Fitness, Running, Swimming, Weights and the likes.
Yet what ultimately peppers the balance in this buffet? One of the most nourishing therapies I came across 18 years ago in London, which I later then trained in, was Cranio-Sacral Therapy. A little ‘out there’ first bite, like a bambino discovering and devouring a fresh spoonful in the rice porridge of experience. Yet since, it has and shall be the first and foremost treatment I choose to receive to balance, ground and heal.
A therapy documented in practice since the 1970s, from the Osteopathic legend Dr William J Sutherland. Yet as a follower of Yoga philosophy my belief is there are traces emanating since the Yoga Upanishads (Ruffs, 2012). Currently existing in two forms: Mechanical and Biodynamic. The first intends with suggestion and soft manipulation, the later omits the intention and is predominately guided via the body of the receiver. I chose to train in the latter from the experience and pure awe of our wondrous mind and body capabilities.
How has it changed me? Should ever the Yang within me choose to combust into accelerating activity, I will always wind down by tapping into a BDCST based medication, tuning in and bringing the system (aka the body) back down. The over-active beastly buzz I used to feel from the soaring of the Sympathetics, has now been stoked and tamed with the need to slide back down onto a bed of oozy warm liquid Gold.
From a creature of habit in being continuously over-wired, I have now learnt to ‘surrenderingly’ slow down. So much that the habituated over -‘sparked up’ feeling now simmers a buzzy grounding of unsettling, coaxed with the inability to relax. Thanks to the wonders of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, I can reach a stillness of my center.
As a teacher of Yoga, Pilates and Movement, I love mindful movement. Yet BDCST is something which delves deeper and burrows both toward and into the Source. It has served as amazing relieve and enhancement on the journey of bodywork practices and healing. As I guide my students through an all-rounded Yoga class, a simple, graspable BDCST meditation is always offered at the forefront to mindfully and consciously centre, open and pace the session. A simple connection to the midline and work wonders.
BDCST is a gentle hands on, light touch therapy tapping into the fluid physiology of the body. Encouraging a restorative unravelling journey toward our original blueprint and optimal health. As the Practitioner supports and acknowledges the body’s innate intelligence, an invitation is unfurled to guide the receiver back into a healthy balance. Making one feel compassionately connected and at ease with life events.
Working therapeutically within the physical, energetic, emotional and universal dimensions, it can shift not only physical aliments, yet change the dynamic of life.
Physically, turning into the Connective Tissue Network, the Spine and Cerebrospinal fluid, to re-configure and attune any occurring, re-occurring and inhibiting imbalanced patterning.
Energetically, allowing the receivers embryological patterning to heal and restore. Or offering a soft release of trapped forces within the system, following traumatic experiences; mild or major. Post Traumatic Sufferers have benefitted from the treatment. (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 2009)
Emotionally, guiding one to become embodied through both self-body awareness guidance and the practitioners observational skills. Feeling more at ease through a natural shifting of perspective and cultivating calmness through re-patterning of brain functioning. All in all, becoming lighter as held experiences are let go.
Universally, aligning us with the universal rhythms, in BDCST known as the the Long Tide. Life is full of rhythms and our existence should flow within these. BDCST can steer us into synchronisation, at where, the bliss of life can be embraced.
In conclusion, we all need a helping hand. The subtle, light quality of BDCST is what makes it so potent and powerful. If you can find a BDCST Therapist near you – try submerging onto their table of soothing water, slip into the act of non-doing and let the flow take hold to sweep you back on course.