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Treating the cause, not the symptom.

Pain is one of the signs and symptoms that will bring a person for a session on our therapy table. When your body is talking to you, pay attention, listen and take action!

Quite often, the body has compensated. Most of our work is guiding the patient to access the  “inner physician” as JEU (Dr. John E. Upledger, D.O., the founder of CST; Craniosacral Therapy) coined it, which is the part of the body that knows everything about you and your problem. Practicing CST is like being a detective and an engineer at the same time. Our job is to help the person access their own “inner physician”, to facilitate their inner-communications, reestablishing the link while facilitating the inherent healing process.

We always give to our patients the example of Marie Ellen Clark, the Olympic diving champion, who had developed vertigo. She came to the clinic and Dr John Upledger D.O, worked on her and found an issue with her right knee. Obviously quite far away from the symptom she felt around her ear and head where the symptom was experienced. DR. John treated her and the vertigo went away, she went back to diving and won her 2nd Olympic bronze metal at 34 years old.

More recently, one of my patients, I will call her Angie, came to me for a session complaining about severe jaw pains. After listening to her tissues and hooking-up to her inner physician, my hands were guided to her upper cervical area and I found a severe restriction between her atlas and axis, the first and second cervical vertebras.

My hands gently followed the tissues with just a few grams of pressure, she did an “unwinding”, or what we also call  “a regional tissue release” where the body reboots itself or reorganizes itself. Progressively the restriction released and the vertebras came back into place and this took about 20 minutes of progressive gentle and slow motion with a very gentle touch for her body to get back into alignment. It can be so simple. Her jaw pain went away. I did not touch her jaw.

This is quite common; we find that the most important is to pay attention when the body talks to us, it is not going to go away.

If the problem is not dealt with, the body will just compensate and the problem will take roots and getlogo worst because the longer the problem has been lodged into the tissues, the more the body will have to compensate and it will be that much more challenging to identify and get to the root cause of the issue, since the body might have grown deeper roots and mostly both the structure and the function can be compromised.

Receiving regular CST, keeps the communication with the “inner physician” activated and dynamic and allows us to be in tune or aware of our internal healing processes .

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  • Suzanne Dricot

    I feel like translate your paper into French and give it to doctors here ; I have the feeling they don't listen to what patients tell them. J'ai trop souvent l'impression qu'ils se cachent derrière leurs connaissances, et je finis par douter de leur compétence, mais je peux me tromper…

    Thank you, Cloé

  • Excellent article! I will forward it to my clients as well.
    During lectures that is one of my big topics – tune into your body and listen, sharpen your instincts and intuition and TRUST your body.

    Thank you Cloé.
    Much love from Switzerland. Silke

    PS Suzanne, if you have it translated I would love to have the French version 😉

  • Suzanne Dricot

    Thanks for allowing me to translate it into French. Of course, I will submit this to your approval, which is the least I could do, since it's yours. Besides, you're perfect bilingual…I'm not.

  • Cloe,
    These are wonderful illustrative examples of what I have experienced with you and others who do cranial sacral treatments. So much of it is in listening to the natural propensity of the body to be in the constant state of optimal health and alignment. Thank you for sharing this

  • Cloe,
    These are wonderful illustrative examples of what I have experienced with you and others who do cranial sacral treatments. So much of it is in listening to the natural propensity of the body to be in the constant state of optimal health and alignment. Thank you for sharing this

  • Joanne

    I must say it was quite amazing finding Upledger especialy Cloe’. The first time I went from the advise of my son in-law, I had no idea what to expect. He was recovering after a very serious neck break and heard from his Dad about the wonderful things that were happening with CST. I must say I had no idea what was going on the first visit. The only thing I can say is that I decided to give it a second try as she can facilitate using both eastern & wetern practices making the body heal from within is totally amazing. After fifteen years sleeping with ice on my neck it took four visits to get it off. Keep up the good work I will be in touch Jo.

  • nice idea.. thanks for sharing.