I came to craniosacral work initially through receiving polarity therapy for around 6 months…
The story started when I sought support from a psychologist who I saw for exactly 6 sessions. At the 6th appointment, I decided she didn’t actually have what I needed and what was going to help me most. I felt that she damaged the relationship over several sessions by telling me I was ‘searching’ and looking for solutions.
Uhm, YES – I WAS SEARCHING – I wanted someone to show me how to connect my mind and body, so I could connect to myself – I felt misunderstood by hr remark. I didn’t deeply listened to or deeply witnessed in talk-therapy, so… I kept searching.
One day my intuition led me into a small shop in the neighbourhood I grew up in. I’d never been into the shop, but felt a strong pull to go inside one particular day. I instantly connected with the owner and we spoke for nearly 3 hours.
I felt understood, and I’d found an old-soul friend. As we spoke, I shared my challenges and she recommended the therapist I began seeing for Polarity therapy (a form of bodywork therapy).
After my first Polarity Therapy session , I was so intrigued and relieved to find someone who ‘got it’. In my Polarity sessions, I got to learn about the connection of mind and body, how emotions move through the body and how the body and organs can store our emotions or trauma. I learnt about energy medicine and how our bodies are electrical circuits, with polarities.
I went for sessions every 2-4 weeks for about 6 months. Somewhere in the process, I had a profound realisation –
“Wow. I’m in a body”
– I found myself realising on one particular day after about 4 months of bodywork.
My body awareness had exponentially increased, my breathing was more relaxed, my anxiety had reduced significantly, my emotional wellbeing was more stable and my nervous system was more balanced and resilient.
I realised that the children I was working with for Occupational Therapy needed this, very much. I mustered the courage one session to say to my therapist;
“I think the children I work with could really benefit from this.
Where can I learn about how to help my clients with this?”
My Polarity therapist swiftly told me to study Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Roger Gilchrist (at Wellness Institute) who several months later became my teacher in Craniosacral Therapy. I managed to get into my course as a late-entry student (purely because I had anatomy knowledge from university and my qualification). At the first seminar, after the first few moments of stepping into our classroom, I learnt about what an ‘energetic signature’ was.
The room felt like nothing I’d ever felt before. It was like a different dimension I stepped into. Someone in the room made a remark about our teacher, Roger’s, grounded presence and energy, because I obviously looked like I needed some reassurance. They confirmed that what I was sensing was indeed a new dimension that I was stepping into. The quantum healing dimension.
After the first week of training, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I came home from my first week-long seminar, and my heart was smiling.
The universe had quit my job for me, because it was time for me to move on, to bigger and better things. I began a 2 year stint of working in a couple of different OT jobs to pay for my Craniosacral Therapy course.
When I finished my diploma in Craniosacral Therapy in February 2020, I couldn’t have been more grateful to myself for following my calling to study this modality.
Most people would have thought I was a bit crazy -but I knew I had no other option but to follow my intuitive messages- I HAD to do this work.
Over the several years of self-reflection and unpacking developmental experiences through bodywork (Polarity, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy healing and Shamanic healing), I recognised that as a child, I was largely misunderstood and not fully ‘seen’ for who I was. My caregivers had their ‘stuff’ but I needed to be accepted for who I was, emotions and all, which was, in reflection, difficult for others. An imbalance of masculine/feminine in my life has made it challenging for me to accept, trust and follow the feminine flow of life, driving a lack of trust and lack of safety in my environments.
My lived experience as a child with neurodiversity, masking my OCD behaviours, experiencing silent and hidden anxiety, experiencing emotional explosions and perfectionism to ensure I could be ‘good enough’ has given me deep insights. I see my young clients at such a deep level. My personal experiences in my younger life have afforded me the awareness and ability to communicate with parents with empathy, compassion and awareness, to help explain and articulate their childs’ experiences, and also to offer parents different options to support themselves and their child – to work with the family unit.
Learning from study, research, experiences through working with clients, lived experience of my younger life and expanding my skillset to include Craniosacral Therapy and Somatic-based therapy, I continue on my journey to blend mainstream health with deeper energy medicine therapies.