As a craniosacral and homeopathic practitioner I see people all year round displaying physical and emotional imbalance, particularly as a result of work pressures. Having, myself, previously worked in an industry where deadlines were paramount and the notion of urgency was simply a given, I´m aware of how stress has a great way of sneaking up on us.
how we experience stress
We may express stress in many physical forms including lethargy, poor digestion or simply ‘a lack of go’. Mentally, it can cause exhaustion and much more. Sometimes our stress can result in headaches, skin flare-ups, sleep problems, panic attacks, a poor immune system and digestive problems. In children this can include bedwetting and nightmares, as well as compromised school performance.
It would be easier if we could simply pinpoint stress to a particular season or life-stage. The important point is how we manage our stress.
the combined benefits of craniosacral + homeopathic treatment
Craniosacral therapy and homeopathy are holistic treatments that aim to strengthen the body as a whole. When combined, clients experience the relaxing benefits of craniosacral bodywork, alongside the homeopathic medicine consultation, which helps to provide insight into how a person experiences his/her life. A feeling that you have been ‘heard’, in the truest sense of the word, is typical following treatment.
what do we mean by feeling ‘balanced?’
When the body is stressed, either because of psycho-emotional or physical reasons, we will have lost the ability to feel balanced. One of the most influential systems in the body is the central nervous system, as this acts as our main computer, controlling everything.
Very closely linked to the central nervous system is the craniosacral system, consisting of soft tissues and cerebro-spinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. Sometimes the craniosacral motion will be altered, creating asymmetries or restrictions.
This is a wonderfully powerful, but soothing way to calm our nervous system, helping us to feel greater equilibrium within ourselves. When we are able to achieve this balance it can produce a positive shift in regulating hormones or shifting muscular-skeletal pain.
You remain fully clothed while treatment focuses on physical and emotional unwinding of the entire system. Non-invasive mobilisation techniques are applied at your feet, sacrum and cranium. Letting go of tension and fear enables us to settle into calmness, with many individuals falling asleep! Others engage in the gentle process of discussing issues blocking the ability to feel stronger.
Our craniosacral system closely influences many of our physiological systems in the body. As it has an extremely close relationship with the central nervous system, it contributes to the efficient running of our body.
Homeopathic medicine helps the body to strengthen its ability to self-heal. To find the most appropriate remedy, the consultation focuses on understanding you, as a whole. Apart from taking a detailed medical history, the process looks at past physical and emotional events that may have contributed to feeling stressed and unwell. We each have our own way of dealing with life events. Many people say this type of consultation is extremely insightful, helping them to feel empowered.
It is worth remembering that minerals play an important role in helping us cope with stress. One of the more important minerals is magnesium, essential for calming the nervous system, but it is lost in the body through high levels of stress and takes a while to restore. Homeopathic remedies can help boost the body to become more efficient in the process to replace minerals.
Having previously run her own public relations business, working with senior individuals, Amal Alaoui later chose to focus her Bsc [Hons] on research into performance related anxiety within the work environment. She is a mother and qualified craniosacral therapist and homeopath, providing treatment for a wide range of conditions.
Amal is available at triyoga in Soho or Chelsea on Monday, Friday and Saturday. Click here to book an appointment.