resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Being a "Healer"?
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
In the 15 years I worked with Dr. John Upledger, few things would make him look down his nose faster than a CranioSacral Therapist who called himself a healer. "Therapists need to check their egos at the treatment room door," he would say.And anyone who says he's a healer is assuming responsibility for the self-healing mechanism of the client's own body.
But that got me to thinking, when did healers get such a bad rap? Thanks to the Internet and the new worldwide neighborhood we live in, I've seen plenty of down-to-earth, hands-on therapists embrace the word wholeheartedly.
So I asked a few practitioners what they think of when they hear the word "healer." The responses ranged from the academic:
"Princeton defines a healer as a therapist: a person skilled in a particular type of therapy."
...To the touching:
"I've had people use that word about me and the work I do with them. I humbly respond that it is by the Grace of God that I am able to help them, and that I am a conduit and facilitator for them to heal themselves."
...To the downright amusing:
"Kum ba yah my Lord, Kum ba yah ... now where is my crown and scepter? I know I put it right next to my flowy purple dress and my most recent copy of 'self-empowerment is only for me.'"
The term healer, concedes Michael Shea, PhD, author of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, has become a bit tainted in the aftermath of the New Age movement. "Having been around for 30 years, I can see why some people get turned off by the word," writes Shea. However, today's use of the word, writes Shea, can be considered: "A stream of words: like compassion and empathy and renewal and resonance."
Hugh Milne, DO, author of The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work, considers a healer to be, quite simply, "a responder." That is: "The client walks in and the therapist who is a healer responds within minutes, if it's appropriate, to what really troubles the client. And that to me is the art of healing."
Milne went on to tell the story of medieval doctors who were also gifted musicians. "They wrote about how you had to perceive the patient's inner music, their cadence, their rhythm, and how they had lost contact with their rhythm and their inner timing. They were sick because they had lost concord with their inner timing. Those physicians were healers in perceiving how the patient lost their rhythm."
"The most gifted healers I meet are the most flexible responders," Milne continued. "They've got big tool bags and they're not fanatics. That is, they're not wedded to one approach being their approach, let alone the best approach."
To Shea, healer also has something of an association with the terms shaman and shamanism. "But shamanism is simply engaging techniques of the ecstatic, and ecstatic simply means extrasensory experience," he said. "Engaging the long tide in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy or even the craniosacral rhythm is an extrasensory experience, which kind of makes us closet shamans in that sense of the word."
Indeed, one of the hallmarks of light-touch CranioSacral Therapy - and one of the aspects that attracts many therapists to this work - is the practitioner's ability to meld with a client and gain critical information that's generally outside the conventional perceptual channels of the five senses.
"We're dealing with something that has been in our human evolution for a million years," Shea continued. "This capacity to heal, to feel connected to the divine, to feel renewed and connected to one's wholeness in one's life, and to have meaning. I tell people that this trauma story they've been telling for the last 10 years may be the dominant story of their life, but it's not the authentic story of their being. The authentic story of their being is their origin story, their story of renewal that's also imprinted as a function of their conception and birth."
According to Shea, the late William Garner Sutherland, DO, the father of cranial osteopathy, said there's something in the body that's preexisting. "All those old healers had that discovery," Shea said. "That there was something preexisting in the body and all you had to do is synchronize your attention with it. That's what Biodynamic and CranioSacral Therapy in general does. We're trying to focus on the health that's preexisting."
To Shea, the healing process is very different from the therapeutic process. "A healing process has to do with a sense of renewal, a sense of reconnecting with one's wholeness or three-dimensionality." With therapeutic modalities, on the other hand, "standards of practice start defining what a proper course of therapy and the end of the session is going to look like."
In massage, for instance, "you're going to be relaxed at the end of the session. So you'd be able to recognize the therapeutic process as muscles relaxing during the session, a reorganization of the musculoskeletal system, that kind of thing.
"It's more of a temporal dynamic that's not necessarily limited to one session, but it's about that session, whereas healing is something that goes on after the session. It permeates the person's life. It permeates their dream material. And it can go on for weeks."
"Holy is the healer," Shea said. "And the healing process."
I'll add an "Amen" to that.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.