My career has been a pursuit to find more and more effective and respectful ways to treat the body naturally from the effects of injury, stress, toxicity and structural dysfunction. The integration of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was a defining leap. I added this to my practice about 16 years ago. I am trained in 4 levels of CST and highly recommend working with someone trained in at least level 2 (called CST 2). The work is revolutionary and speaks for itself.
I found with the integration of CST, I was able to accomplish in one session what had previously taken three or four sessions without it: the effects where remarkable.
CST put me in touch with the fascial layer, or connective tissue of the body, in an entirely new way. I am not talking about the dense fascial ligament and tendon attachment sites per say. Previously believed to be a passive structure, the fascia is indeed, always moving and dynamic; a microscopically thin, endless web that is just beneath the skin and able to contract independently like an involuntary muscle. It literally envelops every organ, muscle and layer of the body. If there were nothing left of you, there would be a perfect outline of every aspect of you made of this thin membrane. The health of your fascia influences all movement, including stiffness, flexibility, tone, strength and vitality.
This communication network of connective tissue covers the entire inside of our bodies and is an information bank for the body. For instance, the body will do whatever it can to maintain balance and the eye’s level with the horizon in order for maximum operational support. If you are injured, this memory is recorded at a cellular level in the fascial system, causing a thickening, snagging or holding in any part of this web. The result of this injury will be a limited range of motion, perhaps in a completely different area of the body, a heaviness of movement, a substantial decrease of feeling vital, chronic pain in related and unrelated areas, a buildup of scar tissue and toxicity and even the eventual degeneration of structures, such as joints.
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About the Author
Cari Wright is a Holistic Health Practitioner based in Two Harbors, MN. She is a wife, a mother of 3 children, a dog, a cat, and a bird. She is a listener and a guide, a reader and a writer, and committed to a life of learning.