Depending on a patient’s needs, we choose from several therapies, often blending two or more together. These include:
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on modality. It optimizes the CranioSacral System (CSS) which provides basic life support and housekeeping for the Central Nervous System (CNS).
The CSS delivers the brain’s nutrients, oxygen, and immune cells. It is sometimes called the Primary Respiratory System to underscore the CSS’ paramount importance and to distinguish it from the lungs. The CSS cushions and protects the brain and spinal cord from shock and pathogens and provides buoyancy to counteract the deleterious affects of gravity. It also transports neurotransmitters and removes carbon dioxide, pharmaceutical wastes, and heavy metals.
In the 1970s, Dr. John Upledger’s research team at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine proved the existence of the CranioSacral System. The system consists of the cranial and spinal dura container, the intracranial membranes, the CerebroSpinal Fluid (CSF) and the specialized capillaries that produce it, and the structures that reabsorb and remove spent CSF and its associated wastes.
The CSF is produced in pulses that last several seconds and is reabsorbed continuously. Since fluids and brain tissues hate to be compressed, the cranial bones move continually to accommodate the changes in CSF volume. These subtle motions are palpable throughout the entire body and variations from place to place are important diagnostic tools. Finding and releasing restrictions affecting the CranioSacral System pays enormous dividends for the CNS and for every other system in the body.
Dr. Upledger subsequently developed and popularized CranioSacral Therapy. Initially, CranioSacral Therapy focused on optimizing the CranioSacral System. It very quickly became a whole-body therapy addressing a wide range of issues both inside and outside the Central Nervous System. CST is ideal for physical, chemical, thermal, medical, dental, emotional, and spiritual trauma; infections; immune, endocrine, neurological, digestive, and energetic challenges; sports, brain, and spinal injuries; joint problems; developmental, behavioral, psychological and neuro-emotional challenges such as failure to launch, autism, fight-or-flight and PTSD.
Owing to the hydraulics involved with the cranial rhythm, the therapist uses minimal force and treatments tend to be extremely gentle. Patients are fully clothed. More than 100,000 practitioners worldwide have some training in CranioSacral Therapy. For more information about CranioSacral Therapy and its applications, please look at “Your New Best Friend” in Readings.
More than 30 years ago, Dr. Jean Pierre Barral, DO, PT developed Visceral Manipulation. Working at a lung hospital in the Alps, Barral noticed that the abdominal organs were also displaced and impaired. This introduced him to the visceral system and its potential to create lines of tension in the body. Dr. Barral found that releasing these lines of tension and the associated restrictions often eliminated symptoms and dramatically improved organ function and health.
Typically, VM is mechanically focused. However, because stored emotional content can hold restrictions in place, VM also includes techniques for finding and releasing stored emotions.
Initially, Visceral Manipulation focused on the larger internal organs, but today it includes all the internal structures, such as nerves, the brain and its substructures, the heart, blood vessels, lungs, joints, bones, discs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Ensuring that our internal organs are free to move passively and actively vital to our health and wellbeing.
Many of us forget that the body is hierarchically organized and don't understand the mechanical needs of our internal organs. As a result, many illnesses and physical challenges are misdiagnosed and mistreated. For example, restrictions on deeper structures like internal organs, nerves, and blood vessels account for more than 60% of chronic spinal problems and chronic muscular tension.
The value and importance of Visceral Manipulation is now widely recognized. Today, tens of thousands of practitioners around the world have some training in Visceral Manipulation. In Europe, osteopathic physicians must complete six months of visceral training prior to graduation.
Generally, patients are fully clothed during Visceral Manipulation treatments, though, at times, direct access to the torso and extremities may be helpful. For more information about Visceral Manipulation and its applications, please look under Readings. To begin, see “Visceral Manipulation Eliminates, Prevents Common Health Challenges.”
Jin Shin Do® BodyMind Acupressure®
"Jin Shin Do” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific accupoints and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi” or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress- and trauma-related problems. A synthesis of traditional Japanese acupressure, classic Chinese acu-theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, Jin Shin Do acupressure was created by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden.
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® reduces stress and balances energy by using finger pressure on specific points along meridians identified by Traditional Chinese Medicine several thousand years ago. These meridians are essentially energy pathways for our principal internal organs. Energy should flow continuously from one meridian to the next. Restrictions or blockages along these pathways impair the vitality and function of that organ, initially and eventually, all the other organs.
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses about 450 accupoints and the Strange Flows. The former are particularly effective at balancing a particular meridian’s energy. The Strange Flows are valuable shortcuts for balancing the entire body’s energy. Jin Shin Do® is a gentle but powerful system for helping patients gently let go of old patterns and gain new levels of health and wellness. As the word bodymind suggests, Jin Shin Do® views body and mind as inseparable. Patients are fully clothed during acupressure treatments.
For more information, see www.jinshindo.org.
DISCLAIMER: Unlike Acupuncture which the World Health Organization recognizes as effective in the treatment of over 80 illnesses, Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, readers are strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress, and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.
Bodywork and manual therapy are not substitutes for professional medical diagnosis and treatment. Readers are strongly encouraged to seek professional medical help any time they have a symptom or pain. It’s always a good idea to rule out serious pathology before getting bodywork. Similarly, it’s helpful to understand what’s causing a symptom prior to alleviating it, no matter how, with drugs, surgery, or bodywork. At Healing Journeys, we strive to gain this understanding.
The purpose of bodywork is to find and release mechanical restrictions, reduce stagnation, normalize tissue tone and vitality, and enhance circulation. When bodywork partially relieves or altogether abates a symptom, it is possible that the underlying problem had a mechanical component, which may have physical, chemical, thermal, emotional, and/or spiritual roots. Often, we believe we’ve found and addressed the roots, but can’t be sure.
Fascia connects every cell in the body to every other cell. It communicates ease and dis-ease or tension as well. Fascia constitutes evolution’s original nervous system and continues to do so today for all organisms, including humans. We use fascia’s elastic properties to find restrictions. We use its collagenous properties to restore normal tensions and pressures to tissues.
John F. Kennedy broke his back when his PT boat was torpedoed in World War II. He credited Myofascial Therapy with making his back pain manageable, enabling him to run for and serve as President. President.
Fascial restrictions leave us feeling shrink-wrapped, bound, and in pain. Consisting of gentle stretching, Healing Journey’s myofascial release restores us to our design size and is equally effective on container and contents.
CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation are both highly specialized forms of myofascial release that work together very well
Emotional Freedom Technique
Also known as tapping, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses acupressure points to make deep, permanent, positive changes in how we think and behave. While EFT has been around for several decades, the latest scientific research on neuroplastisicity and imaging now shows how tapping changes the brain, dramatically reducing pain and suffering. Healing Journeys trains patients in EFT and Mindfulness.
Emotional & Spiritual Healing
When necessary, we can treat long-distance as well as hands on. Contact us for more details.