Transitional Healing

Facilitating Life’s Transitions

Quote of the Day – Authentic Self

Posted by Angela on March 22, 2007

The greatest accomplishment in life is to be who you are,

and that means to be who God intended you to be when he created you.

 – – Thomas Keating

Advertisements

Posted in Healing, Life, Quote for the Day, Transitions | 1 Comment »

The Archetype of Mother

Posted by Angela on March 21, 2007

Mother is one of the most diverse of the archetypes in my opinion.  Just  think of some of the many different aspects – we have Mother Nature; Grandmother; Virgin Mother; Good Mom; Working Mother; Devouring Mother; Smothering Mother; Teen Mother; Loving Mother; our own mother; Fairy Godmother; Step Mother; Nurturing Mother; Mother Earth (Gaia) and so on. 

Mother is about creativity and the very act of creation.  It is also about nurturing, guiding, and supporting.  Often mother demonstrates tenancity, protectiveness, resourcefulness.   One of the great lessons of the mother archetype is the process of life and mothering.  It is important to create, nurture, empower and release.  Many a mother struggles profoundly with the process of release – thus we have the whole ’empty-nester’.  

Along the way mother may be called upon for willing sacrifice.  Many a mother who has gone through the process of willing sacrifice came through realizing the process broke their heart wide open and they were filled with unconditional love – truly a potential jewel and gift of the arcehtype of mother. 

Mother also is part of encompassing of the symbolic trinity of maiden – matron – crone.   This symbolism of the trinity is itself also symbolic of the seasons or transitions of life which is also sybolised with Mother Nature.  The cycle goes on . . .

Great Destruction as well as great creation are a potential of the shadow side of the mother.  We think of Mother Nature,  hurricanes (hericanes – which until recently were named based upon the symbolism of feminine destructive powers – don’t worry men / father have equivalent myth)  :8)  

So we have polar opposites: Creation / Destruction – and the duality contained within.  The mother archetype can be a catalyst in the lessons of duality, all encompassing, and wholenss.  I suspect this is why we have so very many archetypical faces for mother.  It is truly one of the archetypes that if we bring into clarity and consciousness can help us understand ourselves at a much deeper level.   

I have only touched upon the many and diverse aspects of the mother archetype.  I invite you to share your own experiences with this archetype.

Posted in Archetypes, Sacred Contracts, Transitions | 7 Comments »

Common Back Pain and Craniosacral

Posted by Michael on March 20, 2007

Low back pain is a very common condition in our society.  There are literally countless ways that our bodies manifest back pain. The low back conditions I see most in my private practice are usually manifested from a few main causes.

The first is occupational posture syndrome, caused by sitting for long periods of time, improper body mechanics, and occupational stress (both emotional and physical).  Sometimes it’s the way we sit at our computers, such as sitting on our wallets, sitting with one leg under our buttocks,  or an setup that  leads us to often sit with the weight of our body to one side or the other.   Any emotionally stressful situations that may occur while we are already in a compromised physical position work like synergy and exponentially increase the physiological impact.   All of these scenarios may cause and/or contribute to hip rotation and low back discomfort.

The second important cause of low back pain is bad exercise habits. No argument that exercising is a good thing for mind, body, and spirit, but improper exercise can be harmful. Bad exercise habits may cause back pain by pushing our bodies beyond tolerable levels, faulty loading, (exercising only one side of the body or one part of the body while ignoring the rest), poor body mechanics during exercise routines, and exercising when pain is present. 

A third common cause of back pain can result from car accidents, often resulting in whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a traumatic event that causes the head to move swiftly in one direction and then back into an opposing direction. Whiplash injuries are not to be taken lightly. They can cause significant damage to the ligaments of the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (mid back), and the lumbar region (lower back). Along with ligament damage, the vertebral discs of the spinal column and joints can be compromised. One of the main reasons why whiplash is so devastating to the body is that often you are in a somewhat relaxed state prior to the injury and you are not prepared for sudden impact or trauma. The muscle tissue of the body is somewhat relaxed or supple, which allows more force to internal structures of the body such as ligaments, tendons, discs, joints, and bones. 

Craniosacral Therapy can have a positive effect on relieving low, mid, and upper back discomfort. This profound therapy intimately works with the fight or flight syndrome of the central nervous system to help release the negative holding patterns that our body has created in response to the traumas of work, play, personal injury. Many of my clients have experienced relief after as little as one session. 

Posted in Bodywork Modalities, Chronic Pain, Craniosacral, Exercise, Healing, Health, Injury Prevention, Life, Stress | Leave a Comment »

Quote of the Day – Forgiveness

Posted by Angela on March 18, 2007

 Forgiveness is Alchemical…

It turns the lead of your ego into the gold of Your Soul

– – Caroline Myss

Posted in Archetypes, Healing, Quote for the Day, Sacred Contracts, Transitions | 5 Comments »

The Limbic System – Part 1

Posted by Michael on March 16, 2007

I would like to present a series of articles on the limbic system of the body, which I believe has a direct influence on our body’s tissue integrity and overall homeostasis of the human body.  The limbic system is located between the cerebrum and the diencephalon of the interbrain.  The limbic system is involved in our body’s ability to process emotions and behavioral patterns.  The Limbic system is comprised of several different  nuclei.  The first of these that we will examine is the hippocampus.

The hippocampus which is shaped like a sea horse and located under the lateral ventricles.  The hippocampus nuclei are contribute to functions in learning and the formation of long term memory.  The hippocampus also includes regions that stimulate the reticular formation, which is a network that extends along the brain stem and helps govern our sleep-wake cycle. 

The stresses of life can cause the hippocampus to become too active (hyper) or not active enough (hypo).  Hyper or hypo functions of the hippocampus can disrupt normal functionality including monitoring the sleep-wake cycle.  If our sleep-wake cycle is disrupted we typically do not get the rest we need and chemicals in our brain may become out of balance.  As a result we may reduce our capacity to fully repair and revitalize connective tissue, muscle tissue, and  even our ability to focus and retain memory.  We may not realize all of the areas impacted by a hypo or hyper hippocampus, in fact we may just be left feeing depleted and out of sorts – with no idea of the root cause.

There are specific techniques for balancing the hippocampus and other nuclei of the brain.  This advanced level brain release work combined with craniosacral therapy can help restore proper balance within the brain, the cranium, and the spinal column which affects our overall health and well-being.

Posted in Advanced Brain Work, Bodywork Modalities, Craniosacral, Healing, Health, Stress | 3 Comments »

Quote of the Day – Highest Potential

Posted by Angela on March 15, 2007

What special gift do you bring to this world?

How can you be of Service?

What one thing can you do today to make someone else’s life better?

Likely, these are all aspects of your Highest Potential or Sacred Contract

Posted in Archetypes, Healing, Quote for the Day, Sacred Contracts | 3 Comments »

Entering the Castle – New Book by Caroline Myss

Posted by Angela on March 14, 2007

Caroline Myss’ new book and CD audio series are out this month.   One of the things that I really admire about Caroline’s work is that she never stops growing and learning herself.  For those that have studied Sacred Contracts in depth the Archetypes can take on a whole new level of meaning and understanding through the castle work.  Caroline brilliantly guides us through the Interior Castle which is based upon the work of Saint Teresa of Avila. 

This book and CD guides you through the different Mansions of the Interior Castle where you go deeper into yourself, Your Soul and grow closer to God.  In each of these mansions there are a variety of rooms – some described in the book or CD and some that you will discover for yourself.  In each of the rooms you communicate with Your Soul – and my experience is that often the archetypes,  especially those in my chart of origin,  are part of this communication.  Symbolic language is deeply ingrained in understanding Sacred Contracts, and for me is even more deeply a part of working in the Castle. 

This is not a one time read or listen exercise – it is the embarkation of a journey to sacred living.  It has the potential to facilitate completely changing your life – if you choose to continue the journey.  For me, I have a new found sense of Awe, a deeper appreciation of the Mystery of Life, and on occasion a sense of connection that is beyond words – sometimes this connection is a split second – sometimes a bit longer.  It never fails to bring tears to my eyes – the work is that powerful!

One of the things that Caroline recommends is having soul companions to embark upon this journey.   If you are in or near Boise you are invited to join a study group of soul companions to work together and support each other on the journey of the interior castle.  If you are interested in joining us, let me know at www.transitionalhealing.com/contact.htm

Blessings, Light and Grace to all

Posted in Entering the Castle, Healing, Life, Sacred Contracts, Transitions | Leave a Comment »

Craniosacral Therapy for reducing Scar Tissue Pain

Posted by Michael on March 13, 2007

The body has the ability to heal itself after surgery.  The body produces connective tissue, adhesions and collagen, to replace the damaged compromised tissue from the result of an incision to the skin. This natural phenomenon causes the formation of scar tissue.  Scar tissue replaces damaged cells at the site of the incision or injury.  Skin scar tissue is different than deep fascial scar tissue.  Skin scar tissue lacks in pigmentation and hair follicles.  Deep scar tissue in the fascial layers of the body develops adhesions or spider like web threads to help the body heal and recover.

There can be a potential problem in the development of scar tissue. The problem lies when scar tissue and adhesions go unchecked over the years.  The scar tissue and adhesions start attaching themselves to bones, arteries, veins, nerves, and organs.  This phenomenon alone can cause dysfunction in the homeostasis of the body and possibly manifest into further complications in our body’s internal health as we age.  In addition I have witnessed in my practice patient’s scar tissue developing over periods of time causing spinal curvature (scoliosis), rotated hips manifesting in sciatic pain and lower extremity discomfort, shoulder displacement causing rotator cuff problems, and cervical or neck problems manifesting in a variety of neck and headache pain.  Scar tissue can and will cause loss of range of motion making simple job and home activities difficult to perform.   In addition there have been preliminary studies showing that manual therapies such as Craniosacral therapy can relive the discomforts and problematic symptoms in the Ureogential region after “C” section deliveries.  One of the most profound areas of relief from scar tissue is a patient who has had open-heart surgery.  I myself have recovered from open-heart surgery.  I receive scar and adhesion therapy once a month for the last 10 years.  My primary care doctor concurs that the manual therapy I receive keeps my body anatomically correct, allows my body full range of motion without pain and discomfort in the soft tissue.

Over many years in my practice I have found that Craniosacral therapy has had a profound positive effect on relieving the discomfort of scar tissue formed in the body. In addition Craniosacral therapy has afforded my patients/clients increased range of motion, the reduction of adhesions and pain in the sub acute stage after a surgical procedure.

Posted in Chronic Pain, Craniosacral, Healing, Health, Scar Tissue | 83 Comments »

We are what we ingest

Posted by Michael on March 10, 2007

What we ingest . . .

Environmentally, Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically

can and will affect our body’s homeostasis (well-being) as well as our immune system.

– Michael

Posted in Health, Quote for the Day | Leave a Comment »

Dreaming to Wellness

Posted by Angela on March 9, 2007

Scientists are learning more and more about our dream life and utilization of dream interpretation in achieving health and balance in our lives.  Dreams have many layers of interpretation – that is part of the wonder of symbolic language.  For example dreaming of a suitcase could literally mean travel, or it could be that you are preparing to embark upon a spiritual journey of personal growth; along with many other layers.

Dr. Jeremy Taylor works with the thesis that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. By exploring dreams we can often unearth early warning signs of potential or developing health issues.  What are your dreams telling you?  Exploring your dreams with others often mirrors back to you a deeper or different meaning to your dream.  You as the dreamer are the only one who will know if a suggested meaning is true – often you will have an ‘aha’ or deep sense of Yes, that’s it.  Most often the dream is reminding you of something that you already know on some level – the ‘aha’ is often recognition and brings light and attention to the topic.

I was led to explore dreamwork more deeply as I found clients wanting to discuss dreams during craniosacral or sacred massage sessions.  Perhaps the relaxed state allows someone to be willing to gently explore the possibilities, perhaps my training with symbolic language attracts them to want to discuss dream symbology – for whatever reason clients who choose to open up and discuss their dreams typically report back at the next session the incredibly difference dream exploration makes in their lives. 

So what have you been dreaming?

Posted in Archetypes, Craniosacral, Healing, Health, Life, Transitions | Leave a Comment »