These past two years have been challenging. No one can dispute that. The world has been struggling with itself. Not only do we have a virus to contend with, we have each other also. People are perhaps the more volatile of the two and each of us has our own way of coping through the pandemic. I have been thinking about how I can support people and it occurred to me how vital a therapy like Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is. BCST holds space for people and families to move through their own process of managing the current health, political and emotional climate that surrounds them.
The main way I see BCST becoming more important as the current Omicron variant moves through our communities is for chronic stress control and increasing emotional resilience. Chronic stress is a strong indicator for illness and low immunity. Chronic stress and low mood can increase severe mental illness and an individual's inability to “function” on day to day tasks. For two years we have all been under a level of stress about the pandemic. Every one of us. It may be that you are worried about loved ones becoming ill. It may be that you have had to have a vaccine that you didn’t really want, but you need to keep your job-because the alternative would bring hardship on your children. It may be that you have lost your job because the vaccine wasn’t what you wanted for yourself and now have added financial stress. You may be feeling alienated from your friends and family for the choices you made. Or you may be anxious about what happens next. Many of us have been isolated from our friends and family, both physically and emotionally. When people do not have their social emotional needs met, they are more likely to become depressed and depression is a strong precursor to illness and poor immune function. All of these situations can cause your body to be in a state of chronic stress and leave individuals feeling disconnected from their bodies. Indeed after the initial Level 4 Lockdowns eased, many in my profession became very busy as people realised what the stress, worry and isolation had done to their bodies. This hasn’t really changed-if anything we are just busier every day, holding space in our clinics, in our hearts for our communities and the wider world. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can support the immune system by releasing chronic worry and reducing the anxiety that is associated with stress. It fosters a healing space for individuals to share their concerns and release tension. Calming the nervous system and reconnecting Mind and Body through the deep self awareness that occurs helps us to feel stronger physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Reducing stress will improve the immune response…..an important thing to have happen when there is a nasty old virus circulating. If you feel your body and mind need a boost, find a practitioner in your area. Reach out. Receive. Aroha Nui.