There are many different schools of bodywork available these days. Each has its’ own strengths and it is amazing to have so much choice. I have tried many different techniques and decided to train in those I found most effective both to use and receive. However, the techniques I chose are not always the most well known or widely used. And so I thought for my debut blog we would start with what I do and how it can help. So, please allow me to introduce you to my principal techniques I use when working with you and your animals:
1 The Equine Touch, ET, and Vibromuscular Harmonisation Technique, VHT (otherwise known as ET for people!)
This is the first technique I trained in with the founders Jock and Ivana Ruddock and their team of excellent instructors. I chose to study with them after a few minutes taster session gave me relief from chronic back pain for a week. The technique is very simple, but like so many simple seeming things there is great depth and complexity involved in doing it well.
Using a gentle, non-invasive, vibrational movement working across the direction of the muscle fibers, ET and VHT provide holistic sessions in which the whole body is addressed. Specific issues are seen as a symptom of a whole body imbalance. No distinction is needed between the original cause- the criminals- and the compensation issues- the victims.
Within the next 12 months I hope to be able to offer Canine Touch alongside the Canine Reiki too.
2 Cranio Sacral Therapy, CST
The name implies this technique works with the cranium and sacrum, the head and the base of the spine. It does but also so very much more. Between the head and the sacrum (the triangular bone joining your spine to your pelvis) runs your spine consisting of the vertebrae which protect the spinal cord running inside. The spinocerebral fluid (the CFS) bathes the spinal cord. The CFS and the membranes surrounding the spinal cord have their own rhythmical flow much like your breathing, heart beat and brain waves. Craino sacral training teaches a person to perceive this rhythm and restrictions to it’s flow.
The body is built of discrete packages, the organs, bones, nervous system, blood and muscles. However, these units do not exist in isolation, they are bound together and work as a whole. Each unit of the body is enveloped in a web of fascia, and each envelope of fascia is continuous with the next. They all have different names as science likes to classify things but they form a continuous network. Very quickly, with training, you can learn to listen to the rhythm and flow of the fascia and CSF and perceive the twists, turns and restrictions.
I liken CST to psychotherapy for your fascia- I provide a safe, quiet space where the body is able to unload its’ burdens and once witnessed the body can find a way to resolve the tension and move forwards.
Reiki is the Japanese art of energy healing. Practitioners are able to pass on the ‘Ki’, life force energy, all around us to the patient to reawaken the body’s natural healing process. Since Reiki left Japan and traveled through the West it has grained great popularity. It is easy use and can have remarkable outcomes. As with any skill travelling through many different cultures, there have been many different interpretations of the original technique. Now a wide spectrum of different forms of Reiki are on offer. I have chosen to study the very practical side of the teachings. I have focused on the old Japanese way in which Reiki was used as a day to day, household skill for cuts, burns and bruises much like we use plasters and paracetamol.
One thing that Reiki most definitely isn’t is me giving my energy to the client. My job it to act as a conduit for energy from all around us into the client’s body. Bodies are made of cells, cells are made of atoms, and atoms are essentially bits of positive and negative energy whizzing around in a tiny ball. Once you recognise your body and everything else around you as different densities of energy being able to work with and direct energy seems much more tangible.
These three distinct techniques are the mainstay of my work, but there is a common thread between them. Rather than forming my own judgement of a body’s functions and dysfunctions, I just listen and bring awareness to what arises. This facilitates your own latent ability to heal as opposed to fixing things myself. Appreciating the fine interaction, through fascia, of the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a body provides space for deep releases. The greatest changes arise from within a body not from an external force.
Now granted this all sounds a little abstract and even a bit fluffy. Those of you who have worked with me will know I am a down to earth, far from fluffy character. You may be wondering “Why exactly would my animal or I need to see Suz?” My skill set enables me to deal with a wide range of issues. My human clients often come to me with chronic injury and pain issues, long term niggling back and neck pain, and after physical and emotional traumas. They include mothers and babies, young people, less young people, the physically fit and those living with physical restrictions. Many people know how Cranio Sacral helps newborn babies but it is just as great for adults too.
My services are of use to horses who have had uncomfortable saddles; falls in the field or competition; recovering from injury; tense, anxious horses; those with ridden resistances; those struggling to take the contact forward and those needing a general MOT before increasing their level of work. Canine Reiki is great for physical healing and has helped some dogs with emotional issues.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section or ping me a message to talk through your situation