In the spring of 2020, maybe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, maybe not, there is occurring a surge in the promotion of distance healing using "Distance CST." It is offered online connecting the patient to a therapist in a variety of ways. Folks are talking about it to such an extent that I thought I would share some thoughts.
Emergency rooms around the world are filled with people struggling to live and in states of panic gasping for breath. Emergency personal are overloaded with people in various states of breathing difficulty. These caregivers are trying to keep people alive but there is no cure or treatment other than to hydrate, ventilate and resuscitate. Caregivers themselves are becoming ill and exhausted and losing hope watching people die in what seems like an endless stream of the critically sick.
The virus is upon us. As touch therapists we are all in a position to help keep our patients, colleagues, families safe or not. We have the potential to be the transmitter of the virus by touch. I hope we can all observe the stay in place means of mitigating the spread of this pandemic. My daughter Sarah and I have called all our active patients, cancelled clinic hours, and classes until May when we will reassess.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and influenza are upon us. People most adversely affected by COVID-19 are the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Those are the folks that come to us so we have extra responsibility to prevent contagion. This is why the following is important. Touch therapy practitioners have one of the highest risks of contracting or spreading microorganisms that cause disease in society as we frequently work with hands directly on the skin.
If you place your hands and awareness gently on the surface of the waters of the patient you may feel the ripples on the water created by some outside influence. Traumas...can disrupt the normal gentle smooth flow of a body’s water...If one waits, the ripples will reflect their origin. We are arcing the source. If we wait and look outward with hope and patience, the life force of the body of water will seek nutrition and health.
There comes a time in everyone's life when it is time to give back and pay it forward. ...there is value in helping students dedicated to the work to gain wisdom and confidence and give them encouragement to think out of the box. I know that my students will outlive me and carry the work forward in new and dynamic ways to meet the challenges of a new world. -- Don Ash
"As parents, friends, colleagues, as well as citizens, we are all teachers. We teach by example, knowledge, wisdom and experience." This is the first in a three-part series of Circle articles on teaching: Teacher as Self; Patient as Teacher; and Teacher as Mentor. A new part will appear approximately every two weeks or so as a way of reflecting on how you, the reader, may see yourself and how you might move CST forward as this year ends and a new one begins.
"With iridescence in both body and wing, the dragonfly highlights elegance, amazing grace and reflects universal consciousness and the presence of spiritual energy abiding in the natural world. It is a most organic expression of our existential awareness...The dragonfly reminds us that the universal consciousness is real and that we can change direction. Our physical nature is just a vehicle for our universal consciousness." -- Don Ash
To think that we can be present at moments in which a person on the table reconnects to their deep personal knowing is miraculous to me. I view it as an honor and privilege to witness the body reinventing itself and finding union and purpose for this life that is given to each of us.