So why “expression of health”?

A number of people have asked me where the name “Expression of Health” came from.

In Craniosacral Therapy one of the key things to look for is where the vitality and energy is within the body, this is referred to as “the expression of health”. It relates on a physical level to where the energy is strongest, this could be shown through a healthy circulation pattern, a deep warmth in the body, grounded calm or a number of other ways. It is where the health is rooted in the system.

autumnLooking at the bigger picture of life, our “expression of health” is what supports and energises us. The things that make us feel alive and vibrant within the regular fabric of life. For some it might be hiking in the great outdoors, for others wrapping up warm with a good book, following a creative passion or being connected to family or friends.

When life gets tough it is important to keep in awareness the things that support and revitalise us. When going through transition or re-balancing after trauma, alongside the pain or intense sensation, check-in and ask yourself, no matter how small, is there a place in my body, or an aspect of my life that feels good right now?

For those that receive Craniosacral Therapy from me, you will be familiar with, as you relax down at the start of a session, focusing on a place in your body that feels good and the quality of that feeling. It is an important check-in, and something we can overlook especially if there are many other things going on in the system and capturing our attention at that time.

In another realm, within physical theatre lies a principle from Carl Jung, that “what is not expressed is impressed in our body”. In ancient Greek times, amphitheatres were found at the heart of the healing centres, where people would embody and play out the characters and conditions plaguing them.

From the work of Alexander Lowen, who developed Bio-energetics, there are 4 core emotions in the human being – fear, joy, anger and sadness, with all other emotions being a combination of these. Whether the result of an immediate event, or from a previous experience stored in the body, when we complete the cycle of expressing the emotion, a natural vitality is restored to the system.

Connecting to our expression of health is orienting to what feels good in the body and helps support our dynamic balance with life.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  – Harold Whitman