The way we think, feel and talk about our bodies and our health can have an impact on how we feel about our health issues, how we respond to them, how we recover from them and how we heal.
There is a lot of research about the impact of the power of the mind including positive psychology and neouroplasticity (The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.) I believe our inner beliefs about ourselves can also impact on our ability to heal.
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease
A couple of examples for you. We can sometimes believe an issue that we currently have, that we may have had for a long time will always plague us. We are hopeful of a minor improvement rather a wholesale change. People will talk about their dodgy back or their weak stomach. I have done it myself. I used to talk about my gammy sinuses as being my weak spot and I even believed that everyone had a ‘weak spot’. I never went anywhere without tissues and had regular painful sinus infections. I couldn’t actually imagine not having them I was so used to them. Another thing people sometimes talk about is the fear or expectation of health issues that may impact them in the future.
I am not negating hereditary factors for disease or the cycle of emotions that go with being sick and in pain and I have been there. Nor am I suggesting that if people just put a ‘smile on their dial’ their health problems will instantly go away. During our lives we may be exposed to an array of illnesses and injuries and health issues which will need a variety of supports and treatment.
What I am suggesting though is there is another way to think about ourselves and our health that will support us to recover, heal and thrive. This is not new or radical thinking but it does require another way of being. Helena Popovich an Australian Physician, author and speaker talks about the language we use in the healthcare system and how it can be overwhelming for some people. She describes how terms like, ‘eradicating the disease’ or ‘fighting infection’ can leave people feeling like their bodies are a battleground.
Finding health can be much more empowering. Recognising what is working well even when we are feeling terrible can be a huge relief, from having mobility to comfortably breathing and eating. Believing that we have the strength and inner health to face obstacles is vastly different from feeling like our bodies are failing us.
Sometimes we don’t have the head-space and sometimes we all need help to get started or to maintain our health. Craniosacral therapy creates the space for this using your body’s natural ability to heal or to feel balanced. Ultimately, our body is an amazing healing device and will go to great lenths to heal.