The Heart of the Matter

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Do you remember that song from the 80’s by Don Henley? The song is a soulful look at finding meaning in loss. He explores the loss of oneself in a relationship, the mistakes he made, and then ultimately, the loss of the entire relationship.  Often it is the most painful moments in life that force us to seek answers, inspire growth, or move in a new direction

How does one find meaning from life’s most painful moments? How do we heal the pieces of life that go beyond the physical injury? Everyone has pain that lingers from specific events in our past that have no physical qualities.. These emotional wounds shape our lives with an invisible compass, guiding our decisions, relationships, and view of the world.

CranioSacral Therapy is a tool that can help uncover the meaning of the emotional wounds. There are specific techniques for working with our non-physical injuries which may be unconsciously affecting our quality of life. Ours bodies hold onto emotional memory.

When there is an emotional wound, the body creates a protective barrier around the area where it is held.  So, something that started as an emotional injury now has physical qualities that can be felt within the tissue. A skilled CranioSacral Therapist is trained to detect these areas and release the restriction as if it were a physical injury.

Dr. John Upledger, a pioneer in the field of CranioSacral Therapy, attributed the source of many physical ailments to beliefs adopted unconsciously from experiences earlier in life. Our physical symptoms may be an expression of our core beliefs about life, people, trust, safety and love, etc. For example, an individual with heart problems may want to consider their attitudes and beliefs around giving and receiving love, in addition to changing their nutrition, getting plenty of exercise, and reducing stress.

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan, a cardiologist at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan and Associate Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, stresses the need to heal the emotional aspects of the heart, in addition to the lifestyle changes commonly associated with cardiovascular disease. In her article, Want to Beat Heart Disease? Deal With Your Emotional Issues, she states, “Most patients of cardiovascular illness have deep-seated psychosocial issues that have never been addressed.”Healing any chronic condition often requires a combination of medical attention, lifestyle change, and dedication.

More people than ever are including mind/body solutions into their treatment plan. Whether you explore CranioSacral Therapy, yoga, meditation, or any number of holistic options available, remember to listen to the messages your body is giving you.I remember hearing The Heart of the Matter for the first time and connecting deeply with the message of forgiveness.

I was very young and hadn’t experienced much of life at that point, but it still resonated with me quite deeply. Although it’s far easier said than done, I truly believe it’s one of the most potent healing tools available and best of all, it’s free.

– Laura Sullivan, CranioSacral Therapist

For more articles on the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy go to Laura’s website at

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