From Wellness Works' Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner
By Julia Suh, CMP, BCST
I've been having some conversations recently about BCST (Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy) in which I've shared some insights about this work that clients have told me they've found very helpful. Since they proved so helpful to others, I thought I'd also share them here with you.
One of the insights is about our relationship to our own sensitivity. Each of us possess different degrees of sensitivity and are sensitive to different things. Many of us have unknowingly blocked feeling much of what's going on in our bodies, leading us to perceive ourselves as "not very sensitive", when in fact we began life as quite sensitive and that capacity remains with us.
How our sensitivity was or was not honored and respected by our caregivers and our early environment became the reason we "shut down" our perceiving capacities. Shutting down served as a protective measure then, an effort to diminish our sensitivity to subtlety, and thank goodness something in us did it! Shutting down helped us survive, though we might not even be aware that we still do it.
A second insight relates to things we know are there but have a hard time articulating. Maybe you're experiencing restlessness in your skin...in your life...in your work...in your relationships... It's not something you've ever really been able to put words to and nothing seems to be dealing with it effectively. Sound familiar?
Frequently, when what's coming up in life seems formless, vague, unnameable, shifty, ambiguous, yet relentlessly persistent, it likely means one simple thing: it's from a pre-verbal time in your life. So no wonder you can't verbalize it! But you know it's there.
The physical and emotional injuries, events, and traumas that happen during Infancy, early childhood, or even during our time in the womb, continue to live in our bodies throughout the rest of our lives. But your body wants to be healed! And so when your body senses an opportunity, it will start to bring these issues back to the surface so they can be addressed.
This resurfacing can look like the restlessness mentioned above, or accidents, disease, dysfunction, anxiety and depression...all manner of physical and emotional goings-on.
Talk therapies can help and are definitely a part of the holistic healing picture, but they will not be able to fully access and transform all the preverbal issues held in your body.
Meditation and/or prayer are also a huge and helpful piece. However, injuries (mental, emotional, physical) that happen to us are always relational in nature and often involve some degree of betrayal. And since the trauma happened in relationship, relationship is where its healing lies also. A relationship built on safety.
Because the injuries were relational and because they were preverbal, somatic (body) therapies like BCST can hold the key to your healing.
The environment of safety created in our interaction together makes space for healing to occur--at the pace your body is ready for. That requires gentleness and patience...and this takes time! The effects of BCST can be subtle and the work can be gradual. It took you decades to get to this point, so you want to be sure you give yourself ample time to unravel it also. Not decades, but a little time.
So if you've ever wondered why it's challenging to articulate what BCST is doing for you, know it's totally normal. Not everything can be put into words and sometimes it's more potent not to try. Let your body do the talking.
Wishing you all the best today and always! Feel free to connect with any insights of your own or additional questions. Until next time...!