Oceana Bodyworks, PLLC
Jana Panter, ND, CCST Craniosacral Therapy
Listening To & Honoring Your Complete Self
Ah, Wellness! We all seek it, but how do you find it? We’ve heard the stories — the coworker whose special diet healed their arthritis, or the neighbor who swears acupuncture cured their back spasms. It sounds great but how do you decide which approach is right for you and find a qualified practitioner? The choices can be overwhelming. Here are some guidelines to help on you on your path to wellness.
How did your last client feel after their session? How about the one before that and the one before that? Were they happy? Relaxed? Restored? Clients trust us with their precious time and money, and in return we help them along their healing path. And we perform this amazing service using gentle, affordable, and environmentally sustainable methods.
Yet, mistrust and misconceptions of our work flourish. Bodywork therapists are the brunt of sex jokes, movies and TV often portray us as kooks or evil masterminds, and health insurance companies impose exasperating restrictions. What’s wrong with this picture?
While most health care becomes increasingly invasive, complex, and expensive, our magnificent work is, at best, undervalued and at worst ridiculed—that’s what’s wrong with this picture.
I know you’re out there: craniosacral therapists who, like me, see the world through emotionally tinted glasses. Since craniosacral therapy (CST) tends to seek the physical plane as the underlying issue, we particularly sensitive practitioners, who interpret incoming information through an intuitive filter first and foremost, could use a little extra support. This article discusses the value of exploring the emotional plane, including ideas to exercise and strengthen our perceptions. As we grow bolder in our confidence and our numbers, we can come together and talk about our feelings. Err—I mean, we can generate greater acceptance and build community.
Being a bodywork practitioner has many perks, including one that is fairly unique to bodywork—trading sessions with other practitioners. Trading massage, reiki, or visceral manipulation with a peer practitioner is a twofer: providing care for a kindred spirit and an opportunity to receive care and work on your own healing path. I first experienced bodywork trading in my initial craniosacral therapy class.
I think back to when my teenage son was trying to teach our dog, Popeye, to bite me. (I said he was a teenager). My son knelt and enthusiastically bit my jeans while I was doing the dishes or, his favorite, on the phone. Again and again he chomped down, saying “See, Popeye—like this.” Popeye, being the best dog in the world, wanted to please him. She understood something was expected of her; she just didn’t understand what it was.
There is tremendous potential for craniosacral therapy within the practice of naturopathy. Craniosacral therapy (CST) embodies the naturopathic principles of “first do no harm,” “treat the whole person” and “healing with nature.” It works well as an adjunct therapy whether one is assisting a patient through one difficult step in the healing process or facilitating a better outcome overall. It can also resolve many problems when used alone.
When working with a child who has a concussion, first I ‘listen’ to the cerebrospinal fluid to understand the severity of the concussion and how the injury is affecting that child personally, and then I assess how the healing process is going for him or her. By removing restrictions and nurturing the fluid, I help support the body’s own inherent ability to heal. CST also lightens the total load of stress on the body, freeing up more of the body’s own energy to heal.”
Hi, I’m Jana Panter and I’m a naturopathic doctor. I specialize in an alternative therapy called Craniosacral therapy. I am writing a book about cranial, and my relationship to it. The working title is What If You Could? Diving Deep Into Healing Waters.