How Craniosacral therapists helped Dr. Wayne Dyer
Published: December 8, 2013
“When we access our own self-healing mechanisms, we can help turn around a cycle of pain or a long-term health problem.” – Kate Mackinnon
Many of us, myself included, find it challenging to ask for and receive support. We have our self-help practices that are great tools and take us far, but there is great potential for change when we do open up fully to be supported by people with the skills to help us. Of course, we still have to put in our own work to make the changes we want to see in our lives, but being open to discovering our next step with appropriate support can make all the difference.
Healing with Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy is perfect for those of us who take responsibility for our own growth, as it enables us to access our unique inner wisdom. A well-trained Craniosacral therapist practices nonjudgment and is committed to the clients’ self-discovery. This gives us access to custom solutions for resolving long-held patterns of pain in the tissues of our bodies. When we access our own self-healing mechanisms, we can help turn around a cycle of pain or a long-term health problem.
Multihands work, where two or more Craniosacral therapists work with you at the same time, provides us with a great opportunity to open up to a lot of support. I find that it helps me address deeply ingrained and complex issues that I would otherwise ignore. With the support of more than one therapist, I am able to summon up the courage to take a look!
A Craniosacral Healing Session with Dr. Wayne Dyer
In my book, From my Hands and Heart: Achieving Health and Balance with Craniosacral Therapy, I describe a multihands session that Dr. Wayne Dyer received from me and two of my longtime colleagues, Kathy Lorenz and Robyn Scherr. Each of us carried out our usual assessment, and then decided where we wanted to start. Once we settled into place, with Robyn at Wayne’s left foot, Kathy at his sacrum, and me at his diaphragm, we paid attention to the responses in the tissue that we were directly working with and then took our attention out to each other.
Together, we tracked a pattern of tension that connected all three of us from Wayne’s toes up through his sacrum and over the right side of his diaphragm. As we felt into the tension, supporting it physically so that his body no longer had to hold it, Wayne spontaneously recalled an accident he had had years ago when playing tennis. He was running full force to get a drop shot at the net and slammed into the post. He hit his left thigh so hard he felt he might lose function of the leg altogether. Thirty years later, he still had a divot in his thigh muscle from that injury.
He thought he had fully recovered long ago, but our session uncovered places in his body that had not. With an impact like that, the body finds ways to compensate around the effects of injury, and while these compensations may help at first, over time they can limit our movement and ease. In multihands work, where therapists support the many different places involved in a pattern, the body can release effects of trauma very efficiently. In this case, Wayne could feel release and opening from his left foot into his left thigh and up into his respiratory diaphragm. Pain in his low back began to ease. A solo therapist might only be able to work with one or two components of such an injury. Multihands work provides a deep, comprehensive healing support.
Take a moment to picture what it would be like to surround yourself with the kind of support that holds a grounded, neutral presence as you explore some long-held issues that you have not been able to change on your own. Combining that support with the self-help practices you already have in place at home, and I imagine you could tackle anything!