My Second Craniosacral Therapy Session
I went for my second session with the craniosacral therapist. Like last time, I came out feeling energized and very relaxed.
Date: 3/31/2005 7:23:59 PM ( 17 y ) ... viewed 5749 times
Once again, I have gone for a session of craniosacral therapy, and once again, I came out energized, relaxed, and a little tired. It had been almost three weeks since my first session. Since then, I had experienced some minor aches and pains in problem areas such as my left hip that had gradually subsided. After the first session, I was tired for a couple of days, but after that I felt increased energy and a greater sense of well-being. Furthermore, I felt less anxious and was able to do more things (agoraphobia has been something of a problem for me). I have felt more capable when in situations that make me anxious and am less worried about having a panic attack. It seems to me that whereas before I really could have worked myself into a moderately severe panic attack, now there is a sort of distance or perspective that most of the time allows me to understand that I will not actually have a panic attack. Even when I do anticipate a panic attack, however, it does not come. This seems to be due to the craniosacral work.
At the beginning of the session, the therapist said that I was doing some unwinding. She asked me if my neck was stiff, and I said yes. After the first session, it had felt great, but near the end of the three weeks it had felt stiff (perhaps from sleeping on it). Anyway, we did some work there. She also did some different techniques this time. One technique was centered on the face and jaw areas. I felt lots of “releases” here, since, like many people, I tend to hold tension in this area (particularly in the jaw). Another technique worked on my stomach and others were centered on the back and shoulder area. As she pressed down on my shoulders, she asked me whether I carried the weight of the world here, half jokingly. Then, as she pressed down my neck cracked and my body readjusted, much as it might have had I gone to a chiropractor! “You’re body just adjusted. You must carry the weight of the world here!” she exclaimed.
Throughout the session, I felt like I was going through many “ups” and “downs.” She would begin work on one area, and at first I would feel that the area seemed “tight,” though it is hard to describe exactly how. It wasn’t so much demonstrable physical tension as a sort of inner tension. Then, I would feel the tension gradually dissipate, and finally – release! The releases were subtle, but I could always tell when the area had loosened up since a sense of calm and well-being would come over me. At these points, I felt like smiling or laughing. While the tension was releasing, however, I would feel as though I were resisting something or holding on to pain. But, at the same time, I would feel as though I were working through it. Then, I would feel the release. At one point, my therapist said that I was releasing “waves.” She was quite enthusiastic about this. She explained that in craniosacral work, the therapist feels a pulse, waves, or “still points.” Waves sounded like a good thing to me, judging from her reaction, and I was pleased.
She also spent a lot of time working at the base of my skull during this treatment. There is a lot going on in this area of the human body, and I remembered how last time I had gotten the sense that she felt that I had restriction here. I imagine that this was the reason that she spent the time she did on this area.
By the end of the treatment, I was significantly relaxed. I had felt more comfortable with the therapy this time, and I feel that I have made progress on my journey to healing. This evening, after this afternoon’s session, I’m sort of sore all over but also full of energy. I plan to go for about five to six sessions total, but this will depend on the recommendation of my therapist.
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