Craniosacral Therapy Rachel V Smith

Combination of HPN & CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy Opened My Eyes

Early in my massage career, CranioSacral therapy opened my eyes. It helped unlock stuck bodies so I could do more efficient bodywork. I incorporated it into every move. Blending and melding with central nervous systems felt foreign at first, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy. I believe compassion in the world would thrive if everyone learned it.

As a bodyworker, I’ve done hands-on work on all sorts of mammals. If it has a central nervous system, you can work on it. I work on adults, children, babies, infants in utero, animals, even an elephant. Babies and animals are fun because response is immediate. Animals have watched me work on their people, “asked for” some work, and  thanked me.

The crossover symptoms addressed between CranioSacral therapy and HPN High Performance Neurofeedback immediately stood out to me. Traumatic brain injury, PTSD, autism and sensory processing spectrum, anxiety, fibromyalgia, learning disorders, emotional difficulties … the list was familiar.

Except HPN is a little black box with wires that works in seconds. No blending, hand positions, intuition, neutrality, loving kindness, grounding, patience, direction of energy, hours, bending, holding of therapeutic pulses, negotiation or facilitation on my part. I am a perpetual student of CST because it continues to deepen. But HPN can calm fast. I have witnessed the same sense of silence in clients as a massage therapist when they have finally relaxed, but it didn’t take seconds.

I was immediately intrigued with HPN Neurofeedback when I saw the results. I thought of the years I spent massaging people into states of self-correction, and here is a system that can regulate brainwaves into relaxation in seconds. The results can be lasting. I was humbled by how gentle and subtle it is. It did its job whether I believed in it or not. It is an EEG interface that can train the brainwaves to regulate their stuck patterns. Regulated brainwaves can mean a relaxed, strengthened brain.

I had an idea to combine therapies – Stephen Larson talks about combining therapies in his books on neurofeedback. I was surprised how differently people’s nervous systems responded. It seems HPN unlocks central nervous systems similarly to how CranioSacral therapy unlocks bodies. Now the HPN provides me with more efficient CranioSacral therapy.

Most of my clients get on my table after HPN and unwind. Lying down after HPN for CST is a meditation of its own. If physical or emotional trauma energy is stuck in the body as in the case of PTSD, or injuries as in the case of concussion, the tissue often releases during CST. An old injury might feel warm, pulsing, spreading, shift positions, or have an emotional release.

Now, to my touch, a nervous system after HPN feels quieter and more open to effective self-correction. I have worked on countless people without HPN: concussion, depression, anxiety, trauma, injury, chronic illness, disability, etc. The difference is palpable. With the reduced arousal of optimized brainwaves, people on the table tend to have an enhanced CranioSacral experience.

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