Craniosacral Therapy (CST) Positive Body Awareness
Andrew CookMSc RCST Transformational Bodywork
All information here is freely available for anyone to use.
Please note that support, advice or clarification of these can only be provided to patients in my clinic!
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meditations, visualisations and simple exercises
Walking Lightly : Extended information and film about a natural balance for the body that automatically engages the core muscles and prevents damage to the lumbar spine.
Body integration exercise : (PDF) An affirmation/meditation process to help integrate the body-mind, and increase body awareness. This is particularly for serious illness, but can be used - and is useful - for anyone.
Positive Body Awareness : An introduction (PDF) A modification of the Body integration exercise, based on a combination of mindfulness (Kabat-Zin), focussing (Gendlin) and PolyVagal Theory (Porges). Eventually these will be combined into one book - but quite a way to go. Feedback and comments about your experiences using this are most welcome.
Notes on Central sensitisation : (PDF) - a specific case application of the Positive Body Awareness information sheet. Feedback and comments about your experiences using this are most welcome.
TMJ stabilisation techniques (PDF) : three simple exercises which take just a few minutes every day, and which might assist in reducing the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. Please note that these do not replace treatment, and if they are effective in reducing symptoms, then that is a VERY good indication that treatment is both necessary and potentially highly beneficial. Also see the leaflet on CST, TMJ Syndrome and Orthodontics
Infographic on the effects of Anxiety. This shows that anxiety has mental, emotional. behavioural, physical and physiological effects (the patter two being "somatisations"). Most people know this (think of common phrases such as butterflies, or stomach-churning, tense, gripping, etc), but when it comes to personal symptoms tend to forget it.
John Arden talks about neural networks and feedback loops. The mind and emotions, senses, physical body, physiology, immune system, and genetic (cellular) expression are all connected in a series of feedback loops.