What reality do you live in?

Today a client arrived late for her craniosacral appointment. She was late for several reasons involving annoying to-do’s at home. Then the drive, which sounded like the usual selfish other drivers who drive too slow (or too fast), or who drive too cautiously (or too dangerously). Somewhere in the midst of her lamentation she found time to complain about her daughter’s application process for college and how college costs too much (but it’s a necessity to make a living) …

Aha. “Make a living.” What is it, to live? I’m sure she used that phrase idiomatically.

Words and thoughts are immensely powerful. They are used to label our otherwise ineffable experience of life on Earth. They are sometimes quite multifaceted, meaning very different things depending on the context (like “love” or “money” or “reality”) – and we usually give no or little thought to how we’re using that word in its particular context. (I love chocolate; I love my child.)  

As much as her words were chosen based on her perceived reality, I submit that her reality is likewise a result of her words (or thoughts, to get closer to the root of the matter).

What are Your Words?

What do I know? What is the level of my control?

We modern humans tend to be proud of ourselves for being sentient, conscious animals. How conscious are we?

Your body tends to be under your own conscious control. Muscles, for example, move when you want them to. Usually. Skeletal muscles move on command from the nervous system, generally, but smooth muscle (in the organs or blood vessels, for example) function well without your conscious input. Likewise the cardiac muscle of the heart: When was the last time you consciously beat your heart, or stopped it from beating? 

It has been estimated that the ongoing work of the human body operates at approximately only one percent consciously, while 99 percent of its performance is managed below or beyond or outside or without any conscious involvement.  Even if the numbers aren’t accurate, most of us have had experiences that demonstrate the truth of the claim that there is so much more going on with our bodies (and within our bodies, and without) than we might ever understand.

The scientific method (of observations followed by hypothesis testing, with the aim of disproving your own hypothesis in such a way that single variable trials can be replicated by someone else) has done much – an incredible amount – to advance our precise understanding of just exactly what is going on.

As we proceed forward in our collective understanding of what’s going on, inevitably we must reassess what we thought we knew, in light of new information available to us. Further, along the way we often must be honest with ourselves and admit that we don’t really know what exactly is going on. This is more often the case than we usually acknowledge.

I submit that this is where we collectively now are with our understanding of much that has to do with human health and healing. It’s my current belief that I will never truly know for certain just what is going on during a cranio-sacral biodynamics session. But it often yields healthy results for patient clients who can lie still on a table, in quiet, for about an hour, while I witness them and witness to them during a session.

As much as I want to know, consciously and precisely, the What and Why and How, I accept that I don’t – even though I know that something is going on…

The many benefits of massage therapy

The Mayo Clinic has posted an article (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743) in which they  discuss some (of the many) benefits of manual massage. Although they are predictably careful in their presentation of such benefits (e.g.,”[M]ore research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage”), it is encouraging to read something that *is* conclusive: “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.” That much, at least, is demonstrably certain. Here’s their (partial) list of what personal issues you may have that can benefit from massage:

    • Anxiety
    • Digestive disorders
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headaches
    • Insomnia related to stress
    • Myofascial pain syndrome
    • Soft tissue strains or injuries
    • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

The actual list goes on. If you are one of the many people who still has not incorporated massage into your health and wellness program, please consider doing so, either with me or with any of the many of practitioners around the world.

May you be healthy, happy, and loved.