Relax your body, strengthen your defenses and build up your nervous system...
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle body therapy.
In empirical medicine, this form of therapy is used, among other things, for exhaustion, pain, to prepare for birth, for pregnancy complaints, joint problems, concentration and learning difficulties, headaches, trauma, menstrual problems, migraines, back pain, stress, grinding teeth and for babies after difficult births, caesarean sections , premature births, crying babies, poor posture, breastfeeding problems.
If someone is in pain, for example, then something in the body is out of balance. Finding out what causes pain is sometimes very simple and sometimes very complex. Our body is a marvel in which the muscles, tendons, bones, but also the nervous system, hormones and mental issues all work closely together.
What do I do as a craniosacral therapist?
I perceive the whole body. It is possible that headaches, for example, are due to a blockage in the pelvis and tension in the head area occurs via the spine. The jaw may be involved - e.g. B. The masseter, the large masseter muscle that runs from your cheekbones to your lower jaw, uses most of the force in the body.
Concurrently with this is the potential to pull on various bones and other muscles in the body when tense. If the masseter and the temporalis muscle (the muscle above the ear) are tense, it can even lead to impaired hearing in various ways, because the fragile system of the ear is disturbed by the strong muscle tension.
Gently stroke the muscles above the ear yourself - where is the skin tight, where does gentle pressure cause pain? Gently massage in there with light circular motions. The masseter also likes gentle circular movements from top to bottom. Attention - please never press so hard that it hurts - this can increase existing tension!
There are various techniques in craniosacral therapy to loosen and relax both muscles and bones. In addition, essential oils can be helpful here - processed into a cream that relieves pain and has an anticonvulsant effect, such as peppermint, lavender or marjoram. Or plants for internal use such as lady's mantle to strengthen the nerves and tone muscles or St. John's wort tincture to relieve pain and strengthen the nervous system.
That's the nice thing about the combination of body work and medicinal plants - you can work directly on the muscles, nerves and bones and at the same time treat both the soul and body with the plants with their complex active ingredients.
Mindful bodywork includes the knowledge that the body also stores mental issues in its structures. When I release fixed points, old feelings that were previously held by the tension can surface. Through herbal medicine with its mental and physical effects, I can support the fact that topics can really change and new things can arise.
A similarly strong muscle as the masseter sits in the pelvic abdominal area, the psoas. Among other things, he reacts to criticism and fear with foreshortening, and he doesn't like it when we just sit and are stressed at the same time. This fascinating muscle passes through our pelvis to the thigh and attaches on the other side to the thoracic spine, just below the diaphragm.
If the psoas is shortened or hardened, this can lead to back pain, leg problems, problems in the thoracic spine, but also to depression and exhaustion via the connection with the spine and various parts of our autonomic nervous system.
You see - our body is a wonderful, closely connected system And sometimes the causes of a symptom are somewhere completely different than you think. This makes working with the body partly a detective work.
If someone asks me what exactly I do, I'll say: I'm actually a construction worker. I release blockages in body and soul. Read with my hands where energy does not flow. Say - where, to stay with the street comparison, the traffic is not flowing. Then figure out why it's stalling. And then, if possible, release the blockage. Support with medicinal plants - as a tea, cream, oil or tincture.
An everyday tip for you
A wonderful tea blend for strong nerves, which also contains many nutrients such as calcium, iron +, magnesium and boosts our metabolism:
- Stinging nettle for detoxification and our inner clarity
- Lavender for strong nerves and healing sleep Rose to love ourselves, to relax our center and to strengthen the effectiveness of all other plants
- Dandelion blossoms and leaves for new courage and transformation and to strengthen and relieve our organs of change, the liver and kidneys
Mix the herbs in equal parts.
For a healing tea, 1 teaspoon per cup, cover (so that the essential oils don't evaporate with the steam) and let steep for 10 minutes. Enjoy.
Best regards and stay healthy,
About our author
Anne Hentschel is a trained naturopath, craniosacral therapist and specialist in medicinal plants and aromatherapy.
She works in various practices and treats adults, children and babies there. Her own practice "Lichtkräuter" in Hamburg, Blankenese opened the doors at the end of 2012. Since 2013 she has also been working as a freelance lecturer and gives wild and medicinal herb training for experts and those interested. The next appointment (free of charge in Hamburg) is on March 15 - a trial course on wild herb training.
But Anne also offers courses online. So also on 10. April on the topic "Make your own cosmetics". MEGA!
Here is the contact to Anne:
Erik Blumenfeld Square 19
22587 Hamburg - Blankenese
Appointments by arrangement
Tel.: 040-27 86 25 71
Mobile: 0177-563 28 69