By Steve Haines
How your body works & heals from within.
We can learn to know our bodies and develop a much greater awareness than is common today. In great awareness, tremendous detail of the anatomy comes to us as we learn to discriminate among the different structures and processes going on within us. This leads to an exquisite sensitivity that revolutionises the body chemistry, the muscles and joints, the heart and blood flow and the nervous system; resulting in a more balanced, stronger and energised state of being.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy can make this level of awareness possible. A practitioner touches the client’s body with a highly developed sense of his or her own system and a honed ability to listen through touch; creating a space that is both stimulatory, reflective and therapeutic. We each have the ability to creatively reorganise our structure, but this can only be tapped into through this relationship with another. The body can change and adjust from within itself, through its own body intelligence. All that’s necessary is the right environment, which is supplied by the practitioner’s touch and presence. They can listen to the shape of things.
When touch is able to open up to health and deeply acknowledge the overwhelming strength and order in our own body, a revolution takes place within, producing new forms. Tissues and structures automatically shift and adjust in a sequence and order that is emerging from within the body system – not from outside.
A biodynamic craniosacral therapist is like an advocate of the client’s physiology. They work with you to empower your body to drop into its deeper mechanisms of renewal that have their basis in how the body was formed during its embryonic and fetal development. These forces often lie dormant in the background, only to be catalysed into action through the right touch.
When health is sought, traumatic patterns, pain and suffering can be smoothly synthesised into a new order as the body dissolves into the deep, fluid state that underlies the physical. This is a medium for the nervous system to regulate, muscles to relax and organs to transpose to a new chemistry. In the shifts and adjustments, there is greater freedom of movement at many levels.
Our bodies hold huge possibilities for recovery and regeneration. Joints that are painful and distorted can become at ease and mobile, tissues that are inflamed and sensitive can repair, organs that are constricted and overloaded can function smoothly and body systems that are disjointed and out of sync can communicate and work together again. This is health, the smooth interaction of all the elements of the body. The body will feel open, with a sense of glide and freedom as the biodynamic craniosacral practitioner facilitates the life forces already present within you. Latent patterns of emotion and mental states emerge and resolve with the physiological changes to produce systemic reorganisation. When change takes place across the whole body system, there is deep integration, and long-term resolution of suffering is possible.
Steve Haines is a therapist, teacher and director of Body Intelligence Dublin. www.bodyintelligence.com/dublin