What do you believe about your ability to heal

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.

From Surviving to Thriving, a Thrivers Guide

“Surviving is important, thriving is elegant” Maya Angelou

When was the last time you felt like you were really thriving? You had a general sense of wellbeing and optimism and able to cope well with the demands of life?

Hopefully your answer is every day. If not, you’re not alone but my unwavering belief is that

we can all achieve greater balance within our bodies which has a profound impact at an individual level and on all those around us.

Firstly, I really wanted to thank you for your interest in my new venture as a Craniosacral Therapist. Now that I have been treating people for a while a common starting point for people is “I’ve been in pain for a number of weeks / months / years and nothing has worked. I’ve been referred to you so I’ll try something new.” Alternatively, people come because they have a sense that they could just ‘feel better’ and want some support to achieve this.

When I discuss a client’s history they are often in pain on a daily basis and that has become their ‘new normal.’ This has a significant impact on their life and general feelings of wellbeing as daily tasks become more challenging from exercising to shifting position on the couch. Anyone that knows me well knows that I love a challenge but the beauty of craniosacral therapy is that healing can occur in a very short space of time with tangible results for people so the results tend to speak for themselves. People are often surprised how quickly they start to feel better.

So what is craniosacral therapy? And how can it help you thrive?

The treatment works through identifying points of tension in the body and releasing these through light touch. While this may be hard to comprehend, it’s worth noting how quickly and easily we can also become unbalanced, often in a single moment or event.

For all of us, life has ups and downs which are both physical and emotional. In our crazy, hectic schedules we often fail to notice the impact of stress, illness and injury on our bodies as we ‘soldier on’ to ensure that our work, family and life commitments are met. As an example, a whiplash injury is overlooked as minor but can create a series of small compensations in the body. Over time, people may start to get headaches or lower back pain and can’t immediately pinpoint when they started. In addition, a stressful or emotional event can leave us feeling depleted long after the event has passed.

We often think of movement as an external expression, such as walking or running and don’t think so much about the movement that happens internally all the time, our digestion, our blood pumping, tissues expanding and contracting. When movement is reduced this can lead to pain or discomfort or a general feeling of being unbalanced or ‘out of whack.’ Craniosacral Therapy works to help restore this movement. When movement is restored we often feel so much better. Whether you are in pain or just want to feel balanced and thrive you could benefit from a treatment.

“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel” Kevin Tredeau

I am now offering treatments at Intuitive Health in Ponsonby, Auckland. For more information please visit www.intuitivehealth.co.nz or If you are interested in booking an appointment please email me at emma@intuitivehealth.co.nz or call me on 021 62 60 62.

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