It’s that moment, totally engrossed in a project at work, that without you really noticing it a gradual tightness creeps into your neck.
Focused on getting the project out, you override the short-term ache, but are left at the end of the day with stiffness in your neck and irritability. A few projects later, and from nowhere you develop a cracking headache. What to do, other than take a paracetamol and keep on going?
I came across Craniosacral Therapy 9 years ago now. Working as a physical therapist in Oxford, I would cross over with clients leaving their sessions in a deep state of relaxation which you could tangibly feel in the air. Out of all the complementary therapies, this seemed to be the one with a disproportionate impact. How could such a light touch approach bring such successful results?
One of the classic books on the processes underlying trauma “Waking The Tiger” by Peter Levine provides a comprehensive introduction to the mechanisms of the nervous system, and levels of response connected to “fight and flight”, and “freeze”.