Shortly after my husband and I were hit by a car while crossing the street, I was signed up for a Biodynamic Intuitive Healing workshop. I could barely get out of bed. Between the impact from the car and the pavement, every part of my body hurt except for my fingers and toes.
Although it was difficult to move, I couldn’t imagine any activity better than a weekend of hands on healing. All of the soft bolsters and blankets were waiting for me at Thrive Yoga, along with a caring community.
The basic idea of Cranial-sacral Healing is to connect to the earth’s energy and tune into your breath while inviting your heart to open. Once you have the intention of being kind, curious, and aware, you are ready to approach another person. Our goal was to feel each other’s Cranial Rhythm with our hands. Skilled practitioners can sense the fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the motility of the central nervous system, and the mobility of the membrane system. This is our essential life force.
Dana Cohen Valerio led the workshop with her extensive knowledge and experienced touch. Her gentle teaching and exercises left me feeling emotionally better.
On the first day we found partners then relaxed and grounded ourselves. One person would lay down comfortably while the other gently touched their fingers around the crown of the head. We would switch after several minutes then talk about our experiences. The car struck the right side of my body. I experienced strange sensations such as a suction cup pulling on the right side of my head and my right arm turning into a metal claw. This side was obviously blocked.
On the second day, Dana worked on me to demonstrate touch techniques from the sacrum to the skull. Energy moved on my right side. A tingling feeling of warmth filled my body and occasionally I twitched. After my time with her, I felt like I would be able to handle the ongoing pain from my injuries.
Although people might be skeptical about the ability to feel someone’s life force there is absolutely no way anyone should doubt the power of another person’s touch. The loving and caring field of energy from someone who is completely present in the moment will make you feel better. No mind wandering, no other thoughts, just the complete exchange of energy.
This workshop was part of my 500-hour teacher training at Thrive Yoga. With this revamped training curriculum, Susan Bowen had a completely new vision of how we can understand our energy, bodies, and spirit. If I hadn’t been so painfully injured, I might not be able to appreciate the effectiveness of my new knowledge. The decision to dedicate so much of my time to additional yoga teacher training this year turned out to be a life saver for me during a few dark and uncertain days of my life.
The sentiment we all expressed at the end of the weekend was, “Now that we know this, how can we not share it with others?” Dana inspired all of us.
If you need a healing touch, I know how much it can mean in small and big ways.