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January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01

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By Editorial Staff

"How about spending some of that time, energy and money on the students"

Dear Editor:

I'm interested in the quality of education the students will be receiving at the Galen Institute, if their "director" is more interested in a lawsuit against COMTA.

[See] Yes, the accreditation process is lengthy and specific - but they [Galen] didn't pass!

Go back and dot your "I"s and cross your "T"s. My goodness! It seems ridiculous to spend time, money and energy to sue the commission; how about spending some of that time, energy and money on the students? They are one of the most important aspects of a successful school, right?

Juliebeth Mezzy
Virginia Beach, Va.

Room for Two Approaches

Dear Editor:

In his "CranioSacrally Speaking" column on page 22 of the October 2002 issue [], John Upledger says, "the manipulations used in cranial osteopathy are often heavy and directive," whereas "Practitioners of CranioSacral Therapy usually use a light touch."

I have never received CranioSacral Therapy, but I have been treated by two cranial osteopaths and one cranial osteopath-in-training. In these sessions, I never experienced any manipulation that felt "heavy" or "directive." In fact, the touch felt like "approximately the weight of a nickel" (to use Dr. Upledger's phrase).

In The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work, author Hugh Milne says:

"If in doubt, use a lighter touch. It is amazing how much how little will do. While reducing pressure is very often the secret to craniosacral work, there is another key element: the clarity of the healer's intention is every bit as important as the appropriateness of her pressure." (2nd ed., 1995, vol. 2, p. 64).

I don't have exact quotes from any of the writings of William Sutherland, Andrew Taylor Still or Rollin E. Becker, giants in the field of osteopathy and cranial osteopathy, but nothing I have ever heard or been taught about their work advocates strong or heavy touch. It seems somewhat self-serving for Dr. Upledger to assert this "fact" without any sort of proof. Perhaps his experience in receiving cranial osteopathy has been quite different from mine.

I am glad there are two approaches out there. There is plenty of room in this world for cranial osteopathy, CranioSacral Therapy, and more.

Claire Hanson, LMT
Santa Fe, NM


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