Reacting to pain with fear – Tara Brach

“While fear of pain is a natural human reaction, it is particularly dominant in our culture where we consider pain as bad, or wrong. Mistrusting our bodies, we use “painkillers,” assuming that whatever removes pain is the right thing to do. In our society’s cultural trance, rather than a natural phenomenon, pain is regarded as the enemy. Pain is the messenger we try to kill, not something we allow and embrace.” […..]
“When painful sensations arise and we can simply meet them with clarity and presence, we can see that pain is just pain. We can listen to pain’s message and respond appropriately — taking good care. If we are mindful of pain rather than reactive, we do not contract into the experience of a victimized, suffering self. We can meet whatever presents itself with Radical Acceptance, allowing the changing stream of sensations to simply flow through us without making any of it wrong.”

Read more here.

The Anatomy of Fear – via Anatomy in Motion

“Within seconds of perceiving a threat, the primitive amygdala sounds a general alarm. The adrenal system promptly floods the body with adrenaline and stress hormones. Nonessential physiological processes switch off. Digestion stops, skin chills, and blood is diverted into muscles in preparation for a burst of emergence action. Breathing quickens, the heart races and blood pressure skyrockets, infusing the body with oxygen while the liver releases glucose for quick fuel. The entire body is suddenly in a state of high alert, ready for fight or flight.” By Minnesota State University Moorhead via Anatomy in Motion 970981_530320747022743_114401354_n

‘Birth Trauma: A Cultural Blind Spot’ by Matthew Appleton

Needs crying is when a baby is expressing a present moment need, such as being hungry, uncomfortable, over-stimulated, under-stimulated or tired. These are basic needs and when they are met the crying stops. Memory crying is when the baby is experiencing sensations and images that relate to an earlier experience, such as a moment in the birth that was overwhelming. This type of crying is associated with repetitive body movements, such as frantically pushing or ‘paddling’ with the legs or swiping an area of the head or pulling an ear again and again. These movements are sometimes expressing an impulse that got blocked, such as the attempt to push through the birth canal that became overwhelmed by anaesthetic coming through the umbilical cord. It may indicate a place where the cranium became compressed by a pelvic bone or the baby became disoriented and lost. There are times in the birth process where babies do not know if they are going to survive. They are being crushed under intense pressure, flooded by stress hormones or drugs through the umbilical cord or deprived of oxygen as the cord gets compressed during the contractions. Babies express the powerful emotions that any of us would associate with such intense experiences; rage, panic, sadness, disorientation.”

With craniosacral therapy we hold the space for babies to express their birth memories and be heard. It is the listening to and acknowledging of the pain that  allows the baby to let go of it.

Read more: Birth Trauma: A Cultural Blind Spot.

Craniosacral Therapy: Its Contribution To Birthing And Being Born by Simon Copp

“What I feel is unique about craniosacral therapy is its approach to conception, embryological development and birth. Such a concept is based on the acknowledgement of us as a sentient being from conception, and that from this point onward we can and do experience the same traumas, pleasures, pains that we experience later in life as children and adults….  Craniosacral therapy can facilitate acknowledgement of these issues for both mother and child and prevent these factors becoming a causator of negative influences in later life. By attentive listening to the craniosacral system, an integration and dissipation of the trauma can be achieved.”

Read more: Craniosacral Therapy: Its Contribution To Birthing And Being Born | Natural Childbirth Articles.

Dr. Mia Kalef – “Hearing Our Song: How Prenatal and Birth Therapy Can Change Our Lives”

“We have our essential nature, you can call it our song, intact underneath every circumstance that we have ever endured. Yet it feels like some of the challenges we experience become our identity, that we, for very innocent reasons, must adapt as quickly as we can when we are in the womb to learn about the outside world and we take it in as though this is normal and proceed as such after we are born. It’s so sneaky how it gets into us, but it’s a purely intelligent adaptive loving response for your body to do that, because we are born not independent. It makes perfect sense that we become as similar as possible to our environment so we can survive and thrive in it, so that anything our mothers go through, our parents, our village, our culture, our ancestors we need to be somewhat similar, until we are independent enough and differentiate enough that we can move forward as individuals.”

Craniosacral work is a beautiful way into those early times that cannot be accessed through conscious talking and can help us get in touch with “our song” and clear the path for us to enjoy it more.

When you are in pain, the pain is not just about the tissues or place where it hurts. “Pain is an output of the brain designed to protect you. It’s not something that comes from the tissues of your body but it is a signal that comes from the brain.”

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How Can Craniosacral Therapy Help with Stress?

“Craniosacral therapy is directed precisely at the central nervous system, and more specifically at the self-healing mechanism that is controlled by this system. The body has the ability to fix anything that may go wrong with it. Sometimes this function is impeded, so it must be jumpstarted or rebooted so that it may rev itself back up and fight for its survival.”

Read more here (Natural Therapy Pages).