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LOVE YOUR GUTS!!! Self massage techniques and anatomy. Please note, the video is flipped, so it looks like in touching the left when touching the right and vice versa

NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW PELVIS #skeletoninmycloset #anatomylove #craftyanatomy #anatomybabes

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I have always loved the exploration of the body and the mind and how they connect into the spiritual realms. I have gone deep into inquiry into my own body and consciousness and have brought that exploration to my clients. I had another powerful session yesterday from a dear friend who is a PT and my table mate at a large number of Barral’s manual osteopathic manipulation courses. We know each other’s mind’s and bodies well. He has been here for me during some crushing moments.

I have had a few years where no one could touch my heart space without me exploding in tears. It was just so tender. I had at least a year where every time I got an adjustment from my PT friend, I would either burst into tears during or after the session. Even with the pain, it’s been fascinating how all these pieces are connected. Layers of stories that have been piled together and connected creating twists, and emotional hiding. I can see the layering of my emotional voices. My protectors, my victims and my perpetrators, my exiles, my mangers and all the little girls in me, ultimately wanting to be held and loved whole.

Yesterday, I still had physical torsion in my structure, but the emotional holding in my heart space had cleared. I still cried as my limbic system (my 6th chakra) still had some excess energy that was going into my liver and gallbladder (3rd chakra) and creating a torsion in my neck (5th chakra), but it was brief and cleared. I spent the rest of the day useless. I took a long long nap, meditated for a long time helping to balance the work then vegged out on the couch watching Netflix, something I haven’t done in years.

What kind of body mind patterns have you noticed in your body lately? What is your version of self care to help support you and your body?

[03/26/20]   Lets talk about the body and the mind or one aspect of each and how they interconnect.

I made a post last week after my time with Gil Hedley doing dissection. I spoke briefly about the superficial fascia. It’s the layer just under the skin, before we get to muscle. This layer of adipose is structured to the skin in this organized, geometrical pattern, almost like a honeycomb. This layer is extremely innervated with blood, nerves and lymph.

It is also the layer that defines us as individuals. How we are shaped is greatly dependent by this layer. Once this layer comes off in dissection, we more or less look like muscle and bone models in different sizes. But this layer still shows all of our curves. Our fascial expression are in this layer, and many of our defining qualities are in this layer.

This is also the layer were pleasure is felt. Not the only place, but certainly a large portion of pleasure is in this layer. We have so many sensory receptors in the skin and superficial fascia. This is where we feel the feed back of our lovers hand caressing one’s body. It is this layer that feels the kiss on your lips, or your neck or on your thigh and it is this layer that distinguishes between a kiss and a lick. Different neural receptors go off when feeling the sensation of the moisture of a lick then the subsequent cooling of the wet lick on the skin.

We also feel pain here. The sting of a slap, the burn of a hot pan, or the pain of a thumb tack piercing this layer. In our culture, this is also where we hold so much pain of shame and self hatred. The idea that we should look different then we do, or be different then who we are. The stories of low self esteem get patterned into this tissue, and our postures look slumped, heavy, disjointed. This adds to the stagnation of healthy movement in this layer. Our physiology show’s this emotional stagnation in various ways. It can show up as constant tightness, neuropathy, fatigue to name a few.

All of this neural, vascular and lymphatic qualities make this a major system for holding on to toxins or releasing stored toxins. Pain on the skin is often indicative of pain deeper in the system. Conversely, deep pain in the body almost always comes with tension in the skin or the relationship of where the skin and fat layer meet, between the hypodermis and the adipose.
Through the reflexogenic response, treating the layer in the skin or adipose can give the space in the nerves and vascular vessels leading to better function in these smaller structures thus, taking the pain out of the deeper issue.

It can be so beneficial for people to treat this layer of themselves. To dry brush, and/or massage this layer. I find intention of self love, of self care to be central in this process. Intention tells this highly sensitive area this it is safe and it is loved. The nervous system is keen and can feel your intention of be caring or not. Infuse love into this layer to get it flowing in the healthiest most optimal way.

When I do this, I make it a ceremony. I call it my self puja. I brush and observe my tissue, noticing where it feels good, where it huts, and what feels nurturing. I do it with presence, and compassion and with love. I’ll tell my skin as I rub it “I love you. I appreciate you. I nurture you.” We have to be responsible to taking care of ourselves. I am a single mom and I need to show up for my son. So having some time to give to myself is critical for me to give from a full well of spaciousness. Many of us have had difficult childhoods. This seemingly simple process can reprogram your sense of self worth. You get to give to yourselves in ways that you were never given to before.

Ultimately, even when life has a happy balance, these self care pieces keep us even, happy healthy and capable of showing up with a fuller self. I’ll share about how this works in another post. 

What is your current self care routine?

These are fun before and after photos from my session today. Chronic back pain and a heavy feeling in her uterus after her traumatic second birth. A little uterine love, bladder love, external pelvic floor work and kapow! Balanced pelvis, straight spine. Good days work

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[02/20/19]   Today I saw a client, a mother of an 8 yo, 2 yo and 1yo who’s back went out two weeks ago leaving her bed ridden and unable to care for her young. She has gotten some good body work from a colleague that has helped, but she was still in pain and unable to hold her children.

When I first saw her today, I was concerned. I warned her it might take another month before her back would be better enough to start carrying them again. The curve in her low back, he lordosis, was deep. The top part of her body was far more in front of her pelvis then it should comfortably sit. My mind thought, pelvis work. But then I listened to her body, and it took me to her lower neck, to her thyroid. We treated the thyroid and the one and only small vein that drains the thyroid. Then I went to her head the released her vagus nerve, and jugular vein and artery by tractioning her occiput and temporal bone to create space were these tubes enter into the brain. That took a lot of pressure out of the neck.

She got up to pee. We were both amazed at how much pressure had been taken out of her low back. The depth of the curve had already reduced drastically. The listening then took me to the middle of her spine, T12-L1 area, anterior to her spine, but still very deep. I treated the celiac plexus, where a ganglia of nerves live to calm the area. Then I went to her right kidney. It was warm and frozen. I listened and it wanted to hug toward the spine where the vein and artery come from. We hugged it into its restriction, then tractioned it down toward her legs. She could feel it softening, and we could both feel the emotional release as it was building. We hugged the kidney into its restriction and it released, and so did the emotion.

She started crying big tears. Feeling so shorted by not having a mother to care for her or her little girl inside. The little girl so desperately wanted to be held by her mother and told how wonderful she it. Instead the little girl inside believed that something must be wrong with her to not have her mothers care. I grabbed her legs with one arm and swooped my arm under her head with my other arm and cradled the little girl inside her telling her what I tell my son, what a sweet loving girl she is, and how loved she is, and that she is safe and loveable. She cried and soaked this experience in. Her little girl started to smile, and giggle. She has been doing work to try to help her little girl not feel afraid, but hasn’t been able to comfort her yet. This was the first time the little girl in her had smiled and no longer felt like bad things were going to happen.

This was a big shift. When the body and the emotional body can release, big changes can happen. I’m so proud of all the work that my client has done to bring us to this session of massive release and shift. I treated her cecum to release the pelvis and the twist and by the end of the session, she was pain free. She could move and twist and giggle. Not all session have that kind of wham magic to them, but this one certainly did and it was special for both of us.

Have you had a shift physically that was spawned by an emotional release?

[02/20/19]   Scoliosis is such a mystery in many ways. Having a mild case of it since my teenage years has increased its curiosity for me. Its been an interesting journey of discovery of the various facets of this condition. I recently had a session with a sweet budding 14 year old who’s story touched into the various layers of causation.
She was brought in by her mother because she has back pain in part because she has a hard time sitting up straight. She has good posture when standing, but cant help but slouch when she is seated, to the point that she has callous and occasional bruises on her low back, spinous processes of L1-3.

Checking her out, we noticed her mid thoracic spine was shifted to the right while her lumbars were shifted to the left and rotated counter clockwise. Her general listening took me to her left lower ribs. Listening closer, her spleen had very low motility and limited chi. It was stuck superior and medial, towards her diaphragm and towards the midline. Her ribs also felt compressed making her rib cage very thin on this side. Releasing her spleen not only brought function back to her spleen but also allowed her ribs to soften and spread.

Her listening then took me to her stomach, to the top part where the esophagus meets the stomach, and up into the esophagus. We were able to stretch and treat those tissues seated and working with her slouching forward while I held her stomach below her ribs and her esophagus at her neck as she slowly sat up straight.

Next, her lower neck, C7 was shifted to the left. After trying a few different things, stretching the phrenic nerve just above her clavicle on the left and where the nerve exits just below the ribs on the left. Then her T9 called out, also shifted to the left. This calmed down by balancing her spleen with the celiac nerve plexus. Then I worked the dura of her lower spine where the callous was. We ended by holding her pelvis and integrating the work. There was a reset as her system let out a little jolt that came through her sacrum.

After the session, I expressed to her and her mother that the spleen hold the energy of deep shock. Her mother recounted the story of having a massive seizure and flatlining in front of the girl when she was 3. Now, the young woman doesn’t think it was such a big deal. It seems her body remembered the trauma. Her mother also shared that she threw up a lot as a baby. That could possibly be why her esophagus was short, forcing her into a curled position.

The stories of our bodies, and how things compound and relate from one story to another is fascinating to me. I observe these layers in my clients and my own story of my body. Our bodies remember.

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Did you know that the BONE can hold a fascial twist? We have seen bones as these hard, stagnant objects that the muscles cling to and pulling on to create movement. In fact, our bones are far more soft and malleable in our living bodies then the hard plastic replica skeletons or dried out bones that we are used to seeing in a class room. Inside our bones is a fabric of woven fibers, that grow in response to our life styles. And believe it or not, just like you can get a knot in the tissue of a muscle, you can get a twist in the fabric of the bone.

I always thought that the bones were always being taken for the ride when their was a twist involving them. My client with a rotated sternum who for a long time I tried to unwind from his rib cage, and shoulder and whatever else I could get a hold of. Once I learned the listening for the bone, I could be more precise in treating the twist that was in his sternum, and watch with amazement as his sternum faced forward, and his shoulder pain eased.

I took a picture of a clients back who was seeing me back to back days. She lives in Casper, WY, and when I have clients that come see me from long distances, I’ll often see them back to back days. I took the first picture of her back after treating the twist that was in her sacral bone. I was amazed at how much the twist in her spine came out just from treating the sacral bone, so I shot a picture of it to show her, hoping she would know how much worse she was twisted before the picture was taken. You can see in the photo how her whole upper body is listing off to the left.

The second picture was taken the very next day. I couldn’t believe how much more her spine had straightened over night from that one technique. So, I took the second picture to show her. You can see how even her waist is from side to side.

I also posted a cross section of the femoral head, so those of you that want to get a better look at the fiber structure I am referring to can look.

[12/20/18]   Scoliosis is such a mystery in many ways. Having a mild case of it since my teenage years has increased its curiosity for me. Its been an interesting journey of discovery of the various facets of this condition. I recently had a session with a sweet budding 14 year old who’s story touched into the various layers of causation.
She was brought in by her mother because she has back pain in part because she has a hard time sitting up straight. She has good posture when standing, but cant help but slouch when she is seated, to the point that she has callous and occasional bruises on her low back, spinous processes of L1-3.

Checking her out, we noticed her mid thoracic spine was shifted to the right while her lumbars were shifted to the left and rotated counter clockwise. Her general listening took me to her left lower ribs. Listening closer, her spleen had very low motility and limited chi. It was stuck superior and medial, towards her diaphragm and towards the midline. Her ribs also felt compressed making her rib cage very thin on this side. Releasing her spleen not only brought function back to her spleen but also allowed her ribs to soften and spread.

Her listening then took me to her stomach, to the top part where the esophagus meets the stomach, and up into the esophagus. We were able to stretch and treat those tissues seated and working with her slouching forward while I held her stomach below her ribs and her esophagus at her neck as she slowly sat up straight.

Next, her lower neck, C7 was shifted to the left. After trying a few different things, stretching the phrenic nerve just above her clavicle on the left and where the nerve exits just below the ribs on the left. Then her T9 called out, also shifted to the left. This calmed down by balancing her spleen with the celiac nerve plexus. Then I worked the dura of her lower spine where the callous was. We ended by holding her pelvis and integrating the work. There was a reset as her system let out a little jolt that came through her sacrum.

After the session, I expressed to her and her mother that the spleen hold the energy of deep shock. Her mother recounted the story of having a massive seizure and flatlining in front of the girl when she was 3. Now, the young woman doesn’t think it was such a big deal. It seems her body remembered the trauma. Her mother also shared that she threw up a lot as a baby. That could possibly be why her esophagus was short, forcing her into a curled position.

The stories of our bodies, and how things compound and relate from one story to another is fascinating to me. I observe these layers in my clients and my own story of my body. Our bodies remember.

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LOVE YOUR GUTS!!! Self massage techniques and anatomy.  Please note, the video is flipped, so it looks like in touching the left when touching the right  and vice versa
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