How Craniosacral Therapy can help you with Anxiety

Anxiety disorders have become prevalent in Western Societies and many children, adolescents and adults suffer from various levels of anxiety. A holistic approach to dealing with these overwhelming states of emotions has shown to be beneficial for all age groups. A holistic approach sees anxiety as a symptom of body-mind being out of balance and supports the person to come back to equilibrium. This can be achieved through different modalities within a scope of therapeutic practice, e.g. breath-work, body-work, holistic counselling, herbs and nutritional supplements.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a holistic modality that works effectively with anxiety disorders.  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy combines a very subtle art of body-work with holistic trauma sensitive counselling. Personally, I also like to add herbs and nutritional supplements to the treatment when indicated. 
Anxiety is often related to some degree of previously experienced unresolved trauma, where the body has not come back to homeostasis and continues to be in a state of alertness. These states of unresolved trauma may have their roots in early prenatal and birth experiences, overwhelming childhood experiences or expressions of later one-off or repetitive traumatic experiences. Research has shown that the limbic system (mid-brain) and the brain stem control many physiological responses to stress and trauma.  These brain regions contain nerve centres that can become irritated in perpetuated states of overwhelm. When we encounter stressors, the neuroendocrine system gets instantly ready to meet the stress with surges of neuroactive molecules that trigger responses through the body. If the stress is repetitive, chronic or too overwhelming the body physiology may not be able to come back to a base level or equilibrium. When the system has become fixated in one state, we call it maladaptive state. Chronic maladaptive states can lead to physiological and psychological dysfunction, such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and immune deficiency. 
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can facilitate the body-mind to come back to a dynamic homeostasis by activating the inert healing forces that hold the original blueprint. Through this treatment the stress response is down regulated and the brain receptors regulating the stress response can recover. Over a series of sessions, the body-mind can reconnect to an inner state of stillness, that will promote healing and will reduce anxiety and states of alertness, as well as reducing inflammation by reducing the stress related cortisol levels in the body and by regulating the immune response. Holistic Counselling supports this process through cognitive understanding of the maladaptive state and its causes and through learning new ways of dealing with stressors and challenging situations. Mindfulness practices can further assist in maintaining a calm state of mind, while herbal and nutritional supplements can support the cellular body on this healing journey.
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