By Ellen Santistevan, LMT #6535, RMTI I-0513, NCBTMB 1348
“Be still and know,” is a memorable quote from Dr. William Sutherland, one of the originators of craniosacral work. Herein lies the basis for all subtle work.
Many people find it uncomfortable to be still, particularly with their difficult feelings, or around the stress of the holidays. We fill our time with activities; we fill silences with noise, music, TV or words. Our organs, muscles, bones, and brains might be shouting out at us to pay attention, and yet we fail to listen, or, worse, choose not to listen.
At times when I am struggling with difficult emotions, I may also prefer to work hard and “not feel”. But through my work with craniosacral and somato-emotional release, I know that the only way to be an effective companion for you, my clients, is to be still and to be clear.
I say that I am your companion in your session because the words “therapy” and “therapist” denote someone who “knows better”, and that creates a power differential where you, the client, might feel that I can “fix” you. When we approach bodywork with the idea that the therapist is in power, we are abdicating not only our own power, but also our own healing. What actually happens during a cranio session, is that together we enter a field of potential. We can go back to your earliest origins to let you release your unconscious burdens. You are the author of your own life. You can claim all your own power; and relieve the pain of carrying others’ expectations and energies. You can let go of your worries and traumas.
It is possible for you to recognize, be comfortable with, and love your own heart, your soul, your power. Cranio work can open that door for you to meet yourself. I invite you to follow the guidance of your heart. I will be there with you.