I ask the patient, "Ok, can you use one finger and show me where you feel that?" This causes the patient to instantly reduce the area of concern from the width and breadth of the hand to an area the size of a fingertip. If they point with one finger to the side of the head by the temple, I should immediately think of sphenoid and revisit the vault holds and likely do an efficient OCB, parietals, frontals, and focus closely on the temporals...
"We have our own effects of the 'rain' to deal with so that we are whole, healthy, centered and therefore able to hold space for others...It is from adversity we learn to mourn, adapt, heal and grow in the celebration and continuance of life. This is our opportunity to rebuild, renew and care for each other and move forward together again."
Recently, in "Don's Circle" we have offered entries on our current times dealing with the pandemic: job losses, financial losses and the greatest of losses -- human loss of life, illness, stress, and the fear of contracting the all-encompassing corona virus. The accompanying uncertainty around our society in social justice, racism, gun violence, division in our politics has made all of us question our future and our very continuance.
A Buddhist teacher I heard once said, "Blessed are you to be born in interesting times." Holy cow, are we ever blessed, huh?? We all know how the world has changed with a world-wide pandemic, social unrest, gun violence and climate change. The ever present uncertainty of having a job, money for rent, medications and food, deciding if kids should return to school and whether we should/can open our businesses.
Craniosacral Virus Care: First, what it is NOT! To be sure this is not the abandonment of the complete CST session. This is a temporary adjustment to be able to safely offer adjunctive care in the face of a contagious illness and a moment in time when the world is rocked by stress, fear, loss, death and uncertainty. Historically, this is a most unusual and important moment for all of us.
How will Craniosacral Therapists come back into service within our communities with a degree of safety, cleanliness and sanitizing precautions that will keep everyone safe and make the client/patient confident that the service is helpful and not contagious? When we touch, will it be comforting or infectious? Our first goal is to do no harm. You are loving your patients, the public and yourself when you wear a mask or shield and practice in the best sanitized environment that you can create.
The stress of our times is creating anxiety about the future and worry about the present and decisions we need to make: should kids go back to school? Do we re-open our businesses? Will we have money to pay bills, the mortgage, food and utilities? There is the existential threat, will I -- or my spouse, child, grandparent, friend, significant other -- become sick or die? How can I go to work to support my family and not bring the virus and illness home?
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.