One of the most important healing aspects of craniosacral therapy comes through relational touch. Sure, there are many ways to explain CST on a physical level, but the magic happens in the space created by healing touch. This is where the body and mind begin to meld, the work deepens and whole person begins to take shape. The body and the mind are intricately connected, although when it comes to integrating trauma or difficult emotions, the body often has a different memory or perspective than the mind does. The body can offer the perspective of sensation, of imagery, of sound and smell. When allowed to rise into awareness, these sensations will shift and change, creating greater understanding and integration between the mind and body.
As I become more familiar with the practice of craniosacral therapy, I am constantly amazed at the ease in which bodymind integration begins to happen when intentional space and awareness is created. Safe, healing touch, is an integral part of the process as it allows the body to unwind and remember its capacity for healing, wholeness and well-being. Culturally, we are a bit afraid of touch. It has been sexualized by ads and television. Many people in the U.S. have experienced some sort of sexual trauma. So, this is understandable. However,
It is important to learn that safe and healing touch is an important part of our everyday lives. Just a simple hand over your own heart will calm your nervous system and steady your heart rate.
Consider this: "How do I incorporate safe touch into my everyday life?".
Some examples could be a long hug, a friend or partner stroking your hair, holding hand with a child or loved one. There are many ways to experience touch and what feels safe is up to you. It is not the same for everyone so it is important to notice your boundaries and respect those of others.