Posts Tagged ‘craniosacral’

Does Clara have Anxiety or PTSD?

 

Clara had an accident about two years ago.  She had slipped on the ice in her driveway,  fallen and as a result, gotten a concussion. She then struggled with post-concussion syndrome, enduring neck pain, headaches and awful vertigo spells. She took lots of time and effort in going to multiple doctors trying to get help, including a neurologist.

 

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PTSD, Flashbacks and Post-Traumatic Growth

One day, Dave was having a quiet day in his workshop. He was working on his model trains, his favorite hobby. He was looking at the tracks, the way the lines interweave all around the room. And he started to think about what he had seen a few months ago in his work as a police officer. He remembered what it was like to be the first responder to the scene of a suicide. The image of the suicide scene was riveting; it seemed burned into his brain and into his retina.  In his workshop, he became very distressed and started to sweat. His stomach hurt,  and felt nauseated.  Tunnel vision occurred and he felt all consumed by this one moment in time. He couldn’t get out of himself. Suddenly there was a flood of intense emotions, his heart started  to pound, his breathing was  shallow and erratic thoughts overwhelmed him.

He stood up, trying to shake the swirl of emotions and intense body feelings, that seemed all mixed together. It was like his stomach hurt but it was all tied into his emotions, too. There was no line between the physical pain and the emotional pain; his emotions and his body feelings were all tied together. He pulled into himself and felt like no one could possibly understand what was happening to him. Intense fear gripped him and he felt like he was leaving his body.

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Craniosacral is Your Body Talking

 

People ask me to explain craniosacral to them all the time.

Craniosacral is your body talking to you

Touch modalities synthesize feelings of physical pain and emotional distress. Massage has been shown in numerous studies from researchers such as Tiffany Field, Ph.D. of the Touch Institute to elevate mood, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and promote the relaxation response.

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Holistic Sleep: CBT-I is an Integrative Approach to Insomnia

Sleep disturbances are one of the most common reasons for people to visit their primary care physician. Their sleep is not refreshing, they can’t fall asleep, or they have night-time or early morning awakenings, they say.

The lack of restorative sleep results in work deficits, feelings of exhaustion, mental health consequences of depression and anxiety, and actual anxieties and fears about going to bed!

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Trauma and the Brain, Vagus Nerve and the Body

 

Mindfulness practices are considered Top Down Skills that can be learned and can help regulate PTSD reactivity  (Istock/awelo)

“We use our minds not to discover facts but to hide them, One of the things the screen hides most effectively is the body, our own body, by which I mean, the ins and outs of it, its interiors. Like a veil thrown over the skin to secure its modesty, the screen partially removes from the mind the inner states of the body, those that constitute the flow of like as it wanders in the journey of each day. ” – Antonio Damascio, The Feeling of What Happens

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CranioSacral Bodywork Therapist Profile

If you believe, like I do, in the mindbody connection, then you know there’s a body-based part to your emotional and physical health.

There are multiple ways to approach healing. One pathway is via talk therapy. It’s a cognitive way of working things out emotionally. Talk therapy engages the cognitive and upper parts of the brain and works through emotional narrative and beliefs. Another pathway is through somatic therapies. Somatic therapies engage the lower parts of the brain, the nonverbal, emotional parts of the brain.

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Re-opening my private practice in Wayne, NJ

I’m announcing the grand re-opening of my private psychotherapy practice.

I’ll be returning to my former location at:
1581 Route 23 South in Wayne, New Jersey

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