Colette Chandler Cramer, CSTCoupeville
Colette Chandler Cramer
My journey in healthcare began in 1986 when I was certified as a Physician Assistant. I began my practice as a PA working in a county hospital clinic educating teens about pregnancy and childbirth. From there I moved into caring for newborns and children. Over time, I slowly wound my way through women’s health care, family medicine, natural medicine, elder care, and hospice care. The two most important things I learned about medicine and healing during those 25 years as a PA were, first, that listening deeply to a patient’s story is essential in understanding how to care for each client and that listening is part of the healing process. Secondly, the body has its own wisdom and it speaks to us through illness. It might be trying to get our attention with illness; sending us an important message, such as ‘slow down’ or ‘notice what you can’t stomach.’ At other times it might be bringing [karmic] lessons – and gifts of wisdom.
I retired as a PA in 2010 and soon discovered I wasn’t ready to leave health care. In 2012 I began studying Upledger CranioSacral Therapy [CST]. I had studied many complimentary modalities during my career and in my experience CST is the modality I most strongly resonated with. By 2017 I was certified to practice.
I love CST for several reasons:
First, the essential paradigm of CST is one of listening; listening to the body with one’s hands. In this way of listening I am able to tap into the wisdom of the body – and allow this wisdom to inform me where to focus and what is needed in a treatment.
Second, it is both subtle and powerful. Subtle because only light touch is used. This has the additional benefit of being safe – rarely causing side effects. Powerful because it focuses on the central nervous system; specifically on the soft tissue, fluid, and rhythm of the central nervous system. With directed light touch, tensions in the soft tissue around the central nervous system can be released, cranial bones can be gently realigned. This serves to decrease stress, realign, and revitalize the nervous system – allowing it to run more efficiently.
Another aspect of CST, is the potential for releasing energy that has been stuck in tissues as result of trauma. This allows healing in emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions of one’s life as well.
Finally, because the central nervous system interacts directly with other body systems — musculoskelatal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, eliminative, and endocrine — CST can have a healing impact on these systems as well. Pain can be reduced or resolved.
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