BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle yet profound non-invasive, hands-on treatment for the whole body.  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy also known as BCST works with our Core, the Core of Our Being, the Core that controls everything about you, the nervous system!

Physically- BCST influences the central nervous system; brain and spinal column, as well as the fluid that bathes it. This fluid is called the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). From our skeletal system and the bones of the cranium to the ebbing and flowing of our endocrine system, this cranial modality is effective, yet gentle.

Emotionally- BCST can affect very deep and primary patterns, while providing the client with resource and space to explore their emotional landscape. BCST provides a deep sense of resourcing within the client. This resourcing provides a safe container for emotional issues to resolve.

Your nervous system can hold stress long after the origin of it has been forgotten. Over time these stresses become patterns and part of how your body functions and this leads to dysfunction in the body, not just in the nervous system, but moving out into the muscles and organs as well. The longer these stress patterns last the greater the dysfunction becomes till one day you realizes that something is not working right.  This can take weeks, months or even years to show up after the original trauma occurred. Add to this that ALL THE THINGS that happen to you be it physical, mental or emotional; affect how the nervous system works and can bring on these nervous system stress patterns.

When we have these patterns and they start to affect us on a macro level (organs and muscles as this is the level were we know and feel that something is going on) we go have things worked on, whether it be drugs or massage or chiro work and for a time things get or feel better but then the dysfunction starts back up and we go through this cycle over and over agene with no long term improvement. This is mostly because the problem or dysfunction is not where we are having the work done, the tight muscle in our back, the headaches, the upset stomas etc. We are having the symptoms worked on but not getting to the root of the problem, the dysfunction in the nervous system. This is where BCST comes in.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works on the level of the nervous system, bypassing the “symptoms” and going to the core or the root of the dysfunction.  This work helps the body and the nervous system relax, moving out of a parasympathetic state (this is the fight or flight, go, go, go, stress aspect of the nervous system) into a sympathetic state (the relaxed, repair and heal aspect, the state you “should” be in when you’re in a deep sleep). This allows the body and the nervous system to work through the trauma and stress, and move into balance were things can be let go and healing starts.

So, what is a BCST session like? You are fully clothed at all times, the therapist will do an evaluation, this is done by them placing their hands on certain points on the body were they will feel for the “pulse” given off by the nervous system and the flow of the Craniosacral fluid. The pressure used is extremely light, 1 gram or less (a paperclip is just about 1 gram so you know how light the touch is).  They will feel for a rhythm, an ebb and flow and were this rhythm is disturbed showing a dysfunction in the area.  After the evaluation, the therapist will place their hands lightly (1 to 9 grams of presser) on certain parts of the body were the dysfunction was felt and hold that place, letting the nervous system settle and reline. As this takes place the therapist will do extremely small movements, so small and light that you might not even feel them to stretch the tight underlying fascia and the elastin and collagen that makes it up.  This can take from 2 to 30 minutes to do.  After the therapist feels a release they will move on to the next place they felt dysfunction.  A BCST session can be as short as 30 minutes to 2 hours long.

What will you feel in a BCST session?  That is all up to you and your nervous system. If you have lots of stored up stress in the body, you night not feel a thing as your body can only release as much as you can handle at one time, at other times you can feel heat, a tingling, a “letting go” and a sense of peace. Just about everyone feels a deep relaxing of the body and mind, lots of people just fall into a rebuilding / healing sleep. After a session you can feel tired or sleepy and maybe a little off or out of sink or off center as your body realigns to a better place.

How often should you have a BCST session? That is up to you and your body. If you have lots going on maybe 2 times a week, if not so much is going on within you maybe once a month. You do want to give your body and nervous system time to adjust to the changes taking place. If the need is there you can have BCST every day, two or more times a day but most people will not need that.

What conditions can BCST address? It helps to alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including:

Migraines and headaches, Neck and back pain, Sciatica, Injuries, Inflammation, Stress and tension-related problems, Infantile disorders, Motor coordination impairments, Learning disabilities, Chronic fatigue, TMJ, Orthopedic problems, Central nervous system disorders, Emotional difficulties, Post traumatic stress disorder and much much more.

If you are interested in trying BCST I am doing a special offer for a limited time. You can get an hour of CST for just $25.00. Yep a full 60 min (not the 50 min that some offer) for just $25.00. This is just for the month of September.  All you have to do is go to the Hours and Scheduling page on my web site at www.aromatherapeutics.abmp.com and look for the CST Special and book it.

Advertisements

St. Johns Wart Oil in the making

St. Johns Wart Oil in the making

Here comes St. John…. well the oil that is!
St. Johns wart or Hypericum perforatum has been used for thousands of years for all types of elements. The ancient Greeks used it to help heal wounds, a diuretic and for pain relief. The herb itself is known as a mild anti-depressant, but to me it should be use as a supporting supplement when under a MD’s care.
The infused oil of St. Johns wart is made by soaking the flowers and buds as well as some leafs in high quality oil. Most use organic virgin olive oil, but I like to use lighter oil, Jojoba or fractionated coconut oil. Using them also gives the infused oil an extremely long shelf life. You do this by adding fresh flowers dally and letting it sit in the sun for 6 to 8 months. I do this a little different as I let it sit for about 2 months, strain out the old flowers and start it all over using the same oil and adding new flowers. This seems to give me a stronger infusion and a deeper red color to the oil. Yes, the bright yellow flowers turn the oil a dark / burnt red. They say the darker the oil the better so by double infusing it I get a good deep red.
So what all can you use this oil for, it would be quicker to tell you what not to use it for. This stuff is an all over healer for the body. It is a very strong anti-inflammatory, useful for all types of skin irritations, burns and even hemorrhoids. It is known to help ease the pain associated with bruising and helps to speed the healing of open wounds. It is beneficial for muscle aches and pains and may help those who suffer from arthritis. The plant has been shown to have some antiseptic properties that can help prevent infections.
One of the things I really love about this infused oil is that it is wonderful for nerve pain, I have been using it on my feet (I have diabetic neuropathy) and it has helped a lot. I soak my feet in warm water for 10 to 15 min, then massage a little of the oil into my feet for about 5 min per foot, working the oil in very well. I started seeing some relief in 3 or 4 days. I have seen reports about this oil helping people with all types of nerve pain, so it is my go to oil for clients with “neuropathy” type of issues.
One of the nice things about this oil is a little goes a long way; I have seen results with as little as 10% in a massage blend. So the 1oz or 4oz that I will have for sale in late summer or early fall will last you a year or so.
Look for more info soon when the oil will be ready for all of you.

Deep Tissue Work, what it is, how it should be and what to look out for.

Today I want to talk about massage, more so about Deep Tissue massage and what it really is (in my view) and what it is not.  One of my definitions of Deep Tissue work is: (from my web site) Deep Tissue: deep tissue work is the specific manipulation of the deeper tissue and structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep Tissue manipulation therapy uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage as well as cross fiber, pin and stretch, active and passive movements with others, and the depth is more intense. It is also a more focused and slow, as it works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”) Although it is more uncomfortable then Swedish massage, it shouldn’t be painful. The presser used should not exceed a 4 to 6 (the client’s tolerance) and is only performed on one or two parts of the body.

The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; and will lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive. This type of work is done, in no more then 1/4th of the body in a massage session.

Deep Tissue massage is not a type of massage into itself, but a way of doing a massage. Lots of massage modalities work the deeper tissues, Orthopedic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Neuromuscular Massage, Rolfing and others all fall into the category of DT work. Some therapist like to put all modalities that work “deep” into the body into the category of DT work even if they do not work the deeper tissues directly like Thai massage, Tui NA, Visceral, Reflexology, Lomi-Lomi, Cranio-Sacral and others. While they do affect the deeper body they do not work the deeper tissues directly and fall into different categories.

Some things to look for when receiving Deep Tissue work.

1)      NO PAIN, while DT work can and will be uncomfortable it should not be painful, this can be a very fine line, but when this work is done right, it will be slow to move deep, the tissue will be warmed first and allowed to relax before moving deeper.

2)      It’s SLOW. This is not a full body, done in an hour type of work. It can take 15 to 40 min just to work one arm with good DT work, depending on how your muscles react.

3)      Not a lot of PRESSURE is used.  With DT work the surface muscles are worked and allowed to relax first before going to the next level. When a lot of pressure is used to reach the deeper muscles it can bring on some pain, then your fight or flight response kicks in.

What happens at this point is your nervous system will kick in, your muscles will do 2 things tighten up to protect itself from what is bring on the pain (at this point 99% of therapist just use more pressure) then it will relax to keep damage from accruing.  This could be a good thing as booth the therapist and client think “wow, it worked the muscle released”, true it did but 99.999% of the time it is short lived.  The muscles “released” to keep damage from happening to it, but after the stimulus is gone, as nothing about the muscle has changed, for the “release” was part of the fight or flight response and not a true change in the muscle, it will tighten back up and most time as the muscle was under a great deal of stress from to much pressure being used, it will tighten up more than it was before the massage work.

Now some people really like deep pressure. After a deep pressure massage they are like, “I just feel so good after it”, true for an hour or four, or a day or two you do. Mosley from the endorphins that were released from the massage.  Now if you don’t know endorphins are your happy hormones, they are released when the body is in pain, stress or the like and make you feel better, they kill pain and give you a “high”.  But like all “highs” they don’t last and you end up right back where you started (or worse).

So now that you know some about what Deep Tissue  work really is (or should be)I would like to add one more thing. Massage takes time to work, over time when your muscles are chronically tight they get to a point where they want to stay that way, they feel that “this is how we are meant to be”.  It will take time to retrain them to be relaxed and move like they should. So give it time to work. One massage just might not do it, one massage a month might not. Massages benefits are cumulative over time, the more you get them the better and longer lasting it is.

Face Scrub, Now you can customize it! New InFo!

Last week I talked about the new ReNew face scrub/mask. Now there have been some changes to it. I am now offering the scrub/mask without an essential oil blend pre-added, and have (for now) 3 essential oil blends you can choose to have added to the scrub. They are, the ReNew blend, for its anti-aging properties, Soothing, had anti-inflammatory and helps reduce redness, and Clear, with antiseptic / acne fighting essential oils.  So now when you perches the scrub you can pick what healing properties you want it to impart to your skin.  

Face Scrub / Mask 2oz  $10.00

With Essential oils Blend $12.00

New Body and Face exfoliators

I have been making and redoing body and face scrubs for some years now, adding things and taking things out to try to make them better and better. Well now I think I have them how I want them (well for now LOL).  The body scrub in a mix of medium, fine and powered sea salt with raw honey and frizzed dried raw honey.  The face scrub, or exfoliater that is also a mask, is a mix of organic powered milk, honey, organic rice bran, powered sea salt and extra fine organic oats, and extra fine organic raw sugar.  

I was asked some time back why I use so much salt in my scrubs and why I don’t have one that is just sugar. Well sugar feeds bacteria and yeast, salt is antiseptic and cleansing. Many people enjoy soaking in baths. Soaking in a sugar bath would not be a healthy choice for women (or men), while soaking in salt is a delightfully healthy choice for everyone. I do understand that Sugar does not sting after shaving, I tell people to use the scrub first, it helps loosen the hair, and then rinse with cool water, which leaves a layer of oils for a gentle shave and few nicks and cuts.

When making my products I do not use preservatives, I don’t want to and if made right I don’t need to. I have yet to find a 100% natural and 100% save preservative. All, yes I am telling you ALL pure sugar scrubs need some type of preservative in it. While sugar can be used as a preservative the percentage must remain high or bacteria and mold can grow (the little bit of sugar that can be left on the skin can feed some types of bacteria and fungus), salt, even in fairly low percentages can inhibit or kill bacteria and most funguses.  The high salt content of these two products act as a preservative without the negative side effects.

Brake down of the ingredients:

Renew Body Scrub:  Sea salt, medium for a intense scrub, fine for a more refined scrub and powered for a nice polish to the skin. The medium and fine sea salt work to remove dead and very ruff skin like what we get on our knees and elbows, the powered sea salt works as a polish to finish and smooth the skin. Oils of organic coconut, jojoba, rice bran and sesame soften and sooth the skin and help to trap in moisture.  The honey, raw and frizzed dried raw, add enzymes and acids that help remove old dead skin.  You can use this scrub two or three times a week. Now some have asked about the oils and making things slippery, yes they will so step carefully. So what about the scrubs that are out there that don’t make things slippery? Well most of them use altered oils that have things taken out or added to them to make them water dispersible, the bad thing with this is 1) that stuff is not organic or natural, 2) most of them are known to dry the skin or be irritating to the skin.  The oils I use, while not being water dispersible, are easily removed with warm or hot water and absorb into the skin easily.

ReNew Exfoliator:  this is a mix of gentle exfoliators for use on the face. Powered sea salt acts as a nice polish for the skin as well as preserving the product, rice bran and extra fine oats exfoliate as well as soften and sooth the skin, honey adds moisture and with the organic powered milk add enzymes and acids to help remove old dead skin. Glycerin and Vit E help soften the skin and help it retain moisture.  Use about once a week (or twice if needed), just apply to the skin, work around gently and then just leave on to dry.   This will tighten and tone the skin. Rinse off with luck warm water. The skin will get red for a time, as working this into the skin opens up and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.

Booth of these have the ReNew essential oils blend in them (you can read more about that blend in earlier blogs  https://aromatherapeutics.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/renew-skin-care-what-it-is-and-how-it-came-about/ ). 

Ingredients, what I use and way, first up JOJOBA!

I use Jojoba oil in just about everything I make; it is one of the best things you can use on your skin and hair. But first Jojoba is not really an oil but a liquid wax esters akin to the natural restorative esters produced by human sebaceous glands. For you chemists out there, the esters, of high molecular weight, are composed almost entirely of straight-chain acids and alcohols. The acids are a mixture of eicosanoic and docosanoic, with small quantities of palmitoleic and oleic. The alcohols consist of eicosanol and docosanol, with smaller quantities of hexacosanol and alcohols of lower molecular weight.

Jojoba seeds contain alpha, delta, and gamma tocopherols, all forms of vitamin E. The extractable liquid content of matured jojoba seeds ranges from 50% to 54%.

 Jojoba’s conditioning effects are well known and widely recognized. It is found in numerous up-scale personal care products as an ingredient. The product is gentle enough for newborn babies. It soothes, and it restores elasticity to any dry skin area while conditioning and softening. Jojoba soothes and conditions sun- or wind-burned skin.

Jojoba has an SPF of only 2 to 4, so I don’t recommend it for use as a sun screen alternative. Those with darkened or dark skin may wish, however, to use it before applying sunscreen to maintain the skin while in the sun. I would recommend applying Jojoba after sun exposure (but not to sun burnt skin) to soothe and maintain the skin.

Note: Toxicological test data from human and animal studies using jojoba, as well as cosmetic formulations containing jojoba, support the conclusion that jojoba is considered safe (Journal of the American College of Toxicology, Volume 11, Number 1, 1992). In the USA, after more than 30 years of public use of cosmetics containing jojoba, there is no evidence of Jojobas incompatibility with the skin.

Psoriasis Relief. Jojoba does not cure psoriasis. It does provide soothing relief. Moisten the skin and massage in.

Scalp and Hair. Jojoba conditions hair and scalp, prevents dryness, and restores manageability. Jojoba relieves babies’ cradle cap and is far more congenial to the hair and scalp than olive or other vegetable oils or mineral oils.

Jojoba is often found in shampoos and conditioners as an ingredient. Manufacturers include jojoba in their formulas because it is safe, stable, mixes well with other ingredients gives their products a silky feeling and is known to be good for the skin. Also they can add more $$$ to the price!  However, such formulations do not include sufficient amounts of jojoba to make a difference. Symbolic uses of jojoba as an ingredient belie the logic of using it. Consumers want jojoba to penetrate the hair follicle and scalp. Penetration won’t effectively occur if the consumer is washing hair with it. Penetration is best achieved by applying jojoba directly to the scalp and hair prior to shampooing.

Each of us has unique hair and scalp conditions. Formulated products with small amounts of jojoba (sometimes as little as 1% of the total ingredients) do not address our individual needs. Use of Jojoba eliminates the generalizations of formulated products.

Chapped and Cracking Hands. Doctors, nurses, musicians, carpenters, gardeners-those working with their hands find Jojoba an excellent conditioner, which restores suppleness and prevents dryness.

Give your hands a Jojoba bath at night, just before sleeping. Place a generous amount of Jojoba oil in a palm and then “wash” your hands with the product, massaging it into the backs of the hands, between the fingers, and into the cuticles. Continue massaging until all of it has been absorbed. Put on a pair of cotton gloves and leave them on all night. Repeat the treatment from time to time during the day.

 

Jojoba is non-allergenic. Why? First, it’s a liquid ester akin to the esters we produce in our own skin. Second, it’s unadulterated. There is no formulation. The Jojoba I use contains only the pure expeller pressed extract of the jojoba seed, grown to unique requirements. Absolutely nothing is added. Jojoba is pure. Period. The product is especially useful to people with sensitive skin. Everyone, no matter what his or her skin type, benefits from using Jojoba.

Jojoba is stable. It does not oxidize or turn rancid. It has an indefinite shelf life. Heat does not affect it. Jojoba does not require refrigeration. Indeed, Jojoba will congeal at temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If congealing does occur, simply restore the product to room temperature. It will re-liquefy and can be used immediately. Congealing does not affect its quality. Store Jojoba away from direct sunlight.

Jojoba does not clog the pores. It is non-comedogenic. Aestheticians give facial massages with jojoba. They value the silky quality it gives to facial skin and its ability to cleanse the skin.

Jojoba does not stain. It washes out of clothing and linens with hot water and detergent. If used appropriately, the product will stay in the skin and will not come out on linens or clothing.

Remember, Jojoba works by conditioning (not moisturizing) the skin.

One of the big things I love about using this oil/wax is that it is stable. Very, very stable, and by adding it to products it helps make the product stable so I do not need to use preservatives.

Jojoba quality!

First, the company I get my Jojoba from has set the standard for the quality of the jojoba seed pressed to obtain there Jojoba. They do not permit a combination of good, average and substandard batches of seed to obtain an average quality extract. They require only the best seed available from their own growers to produce our product.

Second, unlike ordinary commercial grades, known as “single-press” jojoba, what I use is pressed to optimize quality, not to maximize yields.

Third, they do not refine (de-color, de-odorize, de-gum, stabilize and neutralize) the jojoba. Refining strips jojoba of its natural goodness.

All of the foregoing practices ensure that I am obtaining the finest quality, pure golden jojoba available anywhere to use in my products and can pass that quality on to you.