I lived my life in chronic pain from the age of five. My family and the medical community struggled to understand what was going on. This led to an ever expanding list of diagnoses, including: Allergies, Asthma, Fibromyalgia, GERD, LERD, migraines, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Tarlov Cyst Disease (a rare spinal cord disease), and many others. The diagnoses were attempts to explain my symptoms. Each came with a list of medications and “To Do & Not Do” lists. However, none of the medications or suggestions “fixed” my symptoms. As soon as one diagnosis was resolved or I learned to live with it, new symptoms would begin. I would be back in the system attempting to find answers and relief resulting in another diagnosis, more medications, and more lists of requirements and restrictions.
My path led me to try an array of bodywork techniques. However, my already overwhelmed system was often thrown into overdrive, which left me feeling worse than when I started. This is when I discovered CranioSacral Therapy (CST). My CranioSacral therapists were able to help me in a way no one else had been able to.
Here are three ways I shifted my health, and you can, too:
1. Shift Your Mindset. A big milestone for me included a mindset shift from symptom relief to healing. Symptom relief assumes you need relief from an ailment but does not address the cause of the symptom, which perpetuates the cycle of ill health. It was an ah-ha moment for me. I started to shift my focus and my healing accelerated.
2. Be Body Aware. It was with the help of amazing people that I no longer saw pain as something to numb or mute, but as a signal from my body and something to listen to deeply. CST was the key that opened the door to healing for me. It was not the only effective tool, but it was the foundation and a huge part of my journey that worked in collaboration with all modalities I tried, including acupuncture, chiropractor, myofascial release, massage therapy, and others. I learned to trust myself and listen to my inner wisdom about the messages my body were giving me. If something didn’t feel right, I didn’t do it.
3. Adopt A Theme of Ease & Grace. I learned to be gentle and kind to myself. When I settled in and listened, I was able to make the shifts needed to release the restrictions in my body and in my life with more ease and grace. Living in my body was no longer a fight, but a dance or an adventure. This led me to make real, substantial changes in my life that persist years later.
When both my spine specialist and primary care physician declared the changes in my body a “miracle", I knew that it was my turn to learn and share. In my mind, this was not a miracle. It was the foundation of CST and a lot of work that allowed me to shift out of old patterns and heal the parts of my body that needed healing.
By sharing my experiences, I hope you have some new insight and tools to help you on your health journey.
Warmly, Meghan McGrath
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