Lucille Rayner is a fellow yogi and local Calgarian who has studied and worked in the natural health industry for over ten years. Yoga, meditation, and chi kung (also spelled qigong) are all part of her practices. Today, she’s best known as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.
If you’re wondering what that even is, then perfect, you’ve landed into the right episode! In a nutshell, Craniosacral therapy is a bodywork modality that uses light touch therapy and your body’s own intelligence to help you re-balance physically, mentally and emotionally (they’re all connected as you’ll learn). Through very gentle touch, Craniosacral Therapy helps support and
reorganize body, tissues and balances the central nervous system.
Lucille goes into way more depth about how this works and the benefits that it can have. She explains the mind-body connection and how mental and emotional pain also shows up physically and vice versa. This actually leads us to a super fun pit stop in talking about the fascia and how the whole fascial system is like those ropey web playground structures that kids play on. If a child sits on one side, the whole structure is tugged and misshapen to support their weight. Experiences that we go through are held in our fascial system. When we strain a part of our body, the entire fascial system (that’s like the web where everything is interconnected) gets tugged and manipulated to support this strain.
Plug in those earbuds and listen to the episode to hear about our mind-body connection!
What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and how does it work
Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy
Mind-body connection (there’s always a connection between how you feel and what’s going on in your body)
Fascia and the importance it plays in your body
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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
A type of body work that uses light touch to cue into how body structures like fascia, interstitial fluids, and bones are moving. Uses body’s own intelligence - the body is met with gentle touch and allowed to breathe and move in its own time.
Adjustments gently made as needed to soothe the nervous system or manipulate muscular structure
Physiological and also there’s an energetic piece because of the mind-body connection.
Teaches you to trust your body again and begin to build a relationship with it especially if you’ve dissociated
Cranialsacral therapy helps release adhesions from scar tissue as the body is ready to (rather than forcing it). Allowing rather than forcing leads to longer effects
Releases painful patterns that exist within our bodies
Because mind-body is connected, you go for anxiety, depression, not feeling energized and also for tight shoulders, strained jaws and other physical or emotional issues.
Mind Body Connection
Everything is connected – when you get hurt emotionally, it’ll show up in your body and vice versa.
Ex. Heartbreak – your heart isn’t actually breaking but it feels like it is. You feel the emotional pain and physically your back hunches forward and chest curls in, creating physical tension.
You need to feel it to heal it – we often dissociate in our bodies but we need to feel it to heal it
As we form in the womb it all starts with fascia. At first it’s just goop then all the different parts start to pop up as limbs and organs. Essentially, different organs are made of the same components but laid down in a different way.
Fascia is housing place for our nervous system and vasculature.
Experiences that we go through are held in our fascia – holding pain in fascia. Like the ropey web structures in a playground, pressing on one part of the structure causes the rest of it to be tugged and misshapen.
One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:
Trusting the inherent intelligence within herself. To not give her power out to external things like putting people on pedestals.
What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?
There’s always something that you should be doing but sometimes you just have to not do. Slow down and PLAY. Do things that are fun. You’re already doing enough!
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