We are very familiar in identifying ourselves with our physical body through diet, exercise and beauty. We have a tendency to overlook that we are so much more than just our physical body. We have a physical body, a mental body, an emotional body and a soul body. When we listen and look after all our four bodies together, physically and energetically, we can feel great and be in the best overall health we have ever been in. Our four bodies are closely connected and if not in harmony, impact our overall health. How we think and feel and what is going on in our world, effects our overall well-being. When you experience a restriction or pain in one of the bodies than the other bodies will often experience an impact as well. Emotional effects can be felt in our physical body like having butterflies in your tummy or tense muscles when you experience stress or anger. A mental blow, like losing your job, relationship or death of a loved one can reverberate in your emotional body causing sadness, anger or grief and physical symptoms can start to creep up. The physical shock of experiencing an accident or trauma can leave emotional and mental imprints in our body that manifest as physical or emotional reactions such as tense muscles, backaches, irritability, angry outbursts or headaches.
1. Our Physical Body – Where are your tensions?
The physical body houses our aches, pains and tensions. Physical pain can originate due to an injury, bad posture, inflammation, tension or a medical procedure leaving a pattern of restriction in our tissues and causing our muscles to ache. Our physical body can also react to what is going on in our mental and emotional world and will give us a signal in the form of a symptom. It may start with a simple muscle spasm, stiff neck or headache but can lead into more chronic pain and diverse symptoms. Craniosacral/Myofascial, releases and tracks the physical changes as they are taking place in the bones, tissues, and fluids. It can give great relief for all types of pain, from back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches to more complex conditions like ear ringing or whiplash. This bodywork has some marvelous techniques for releasing pain such as inter-oral techniques that can unwind and release a tight jaw, migraines and headaches, providing instant relief.
Tip to Access your Physical body – Body Awareness
Mindfully scan your body and find a part of your body that feels good. This place can be as small as the tip of your finger or as big as your torso. Rest in this place and feel the sensations in this area. Now move your awareness slowly through your other body parts. Where do you feel tension? Let your mind rest there for a while. What sensations lie here? Is it warm or is it cold? Let any image or sensations come to mind. Gently go back to the place where you feel good and rest here for a little while longer. Open your eyes.
2. Our Mental Body – What do I think of myself?
Your mental body is where your thoughts, your deep-seated beliefs and unconscious convictions lie about yourself. We identify ourselves strongly with our mental body: we think, therefore we are. Our mental body is very busy. We think, we compare, we rationalise and we think some more about could have been and should have been. The mind exerts a very powerful impact on our bodies: How we think about ourselves and our deep-seated beliefs and core convictions has a big influence on how we feel about ourselves; on our behavior, on our emotional reactions and ultimately on our physical body. You may have a deep-seated belief that you are not good enough, or that you have to be overly loud, friendly or succeed to be valued. Craniosacral sessions harness the mind-body connection by bringing awareness to our deepest beliefs, release them and bring a change to our ingrained habits.
Tip to access your mental body – Examine your beliefs
Write down your mental beliefs about who you are. Examine all your beliefs and convictions about your self. Examine how they drive you to be who you are and how it determines your behavior.
3. Our Emotional body – how do I feel about myself?
This is the part of the body that holds your feelings and your emotions. The emotional body is what often lies beneath the surface and we are not generally aware of how it impacts us. We are very good at denying our emotional reactions and our bodies can find some great places to hide them for us. An emotion like fear or anger that you experienced during a workplace incident, accident or through trauma can lodge itself in your body, carry unresolved tension and manifest itself in physical symptoms. For example: If we see a cyclist coming towards us at full speed and we can not jump out of the way than not only the physical force of the collision but also the emotional power of fear or anger will enter into our tissues and intensify the pain. If these emotions stay unreleased they can become trapped in the tissue memory of our body. Our subconscious mind is very capable of producing a physical reaction rather than having to deal with an unwanted painful emotion. Craniosacral/Myofascial can help release the energy the body has retained after a traumatic physical or emotional experience and integrate the experience.
Tip to access your emotional body – What is your emotional coping style?
When you feel an emotion coming up, do you deal with that emotion or do you repress it? Try and be as honest as you can, as we often deny our uncomfortable emotions like anger or sadness. Make a list of what kind of emotion came up, why was it triggered, what did you do with that emotion and where did you feel it in your body?
4. Our Soul body – The essence of you – Welcome Home
Your soul body is your core essence, your inner you and your spiritual home. It is our higher consciousness, where all is one and where we feel connected to something way bigger than our pure physical form. It is in our Soul body where we feel inner peace, stillness, bliss and find our inner wisdom. The more we get in touch with our spiritual body, the more we get to deeply know and stay true to our self. Often there is a disconnect between our Soul body and our Physical, Mental and Emotional body as they all vie for our attention. Receiving a Craniosacral/Myofascial session can facilitate a deep state of meditative rest and bring the four bodies together in harmony. Here we can connect and access sensations that may have been previously outside of our awareness. Connecting with our inner wisdom: that part in us that has the insights, intuition and knows what we need to do heal ourselves.
Tip to connect with your spiritual body: Meditate – Find your Inner smile
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5 minutes Inner Smile meditation: Sit comfortably, close your eyes, turn your attention inward and smile. Remember the first time you fell in love? Feel that love; let yourself fill up with that feeling of love. Draw this smiling loving energy, this glowing ball of light through your body and let it rest for a while in every part of your body from your head to your heart to your liver to your digestive system through your bones and down your spinal cord as it fills you up with joy and compassion. Take your inner smile to where you are feeling anger, frustration, hurt or pain and let it rest there for a while. Feel your whole body filling up with love, warmth and compassion. Nurture your body and thank your body for working so hard 24/7/365. Keep the smile with you as your lips and eyes keep smiling and very gently open your eyes.
Craniosacral & Myofascial Release treats the physical body by relieving pain from the musculoskeletal system, releasing deep stored tension and lifting stresses from the nervous system and also has an energetic component as it integrates our mind, body and soul.