Body therapies or Bodywork
DR. Durana has practiced several forms of body therapy or bodywork over the past 35 years. A few of these include cranio – sacral therapy, structural acupressure,tuina, structural, and energy medicine methods. He has also develop and integrated structural and energetic approach of body work that he uses in the treatment of pain, injuries, chronic problems, postural issues, exercise and sports related issues, body-mind integration, and self-development.
The term bodywork has been used in complementary medicine to describe therapeutic or personal development approaches that involve working with the body using manual therapies, breath work, movement, and energy medicine, to name a few. Common to these methods such as yoga, acupressure, sensory awareness, Qigong, Tai Chi, structural body work, dance and movement, postural alignment, and energy balancing is the idea that by working through the body, we can affect our health and have freer and more flexible and balanced lives. Many of these practices are often referred to as mindbody or bodymind disciplines.
Bodymind or Mindbody
The term bodymind is based on the recognition of the holistic and integrated relationship between the body and the mind. Rather than seeing the body as solid and bound, the idea suggests a point of view that honors the living, fluid, integrated, and experienced body from within.
The holistic and integrative view sees all the parts in relationship and communication, and forming aunified whole which is larger than anyone part. For example, if the neck is impacted in an accident, and its postural alignment is displaced, then other parts such as the spine or the pelvis will compensate for that displacement; this change in relationship may also have ramifications in our emotions, and/or attitudes as well.
The communication between different aspects of our body, or between our mind and our body can be seen as information flow. Self-healing or our capacity for self-regulation can be viewed as a process that improves the flow of information. When our body and mind work in cooperation with each other, we have access to more internal resources and better information flow. Similarly, body work and other mindbody approaches, along with exercise and healthy life style choices can be used to access internal resources and to stimulate the flow of information, and self-healing or self-regulation capacity.
As a result of life experiences, and physical, mental and emotional stresses of daily living, the muscular and fascial tissues of our body tighten and/or weaken causing emotional and physical inflexibility, loss of vitality and quality of life.
Mindful body work helps the client’s tissue assume a more healthy and balanced position within itself and in relationship to the flow of information/energy, and pull of gravity.
Engaging the client’s mindful awareness while manipulating myofascial tissues, helps open and restructure the body from within, and it helps release tensions in a more permanent way.
Awareness plays a vital role in how information/energy is processed, and how self-regulation is optimized.
Complementary Sports Medicine
Sports and exercise medicine deal with physical fitness and the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries related to exercise and sports.
Complementary sports medicine complements traditional sports and exercise medicine by offering a holistic approach that focuses not only on symptoms, but also on other factors that contribute to overall health and fitness, as well as the improvement of performance, and the avoidance of injuries. In addition, this approach is educational and functional, and it also emphasizes life style, and mental/emotional functioning. Practitioners often make use of manual therapies along with other methods. For example, a cyclist with a history of acute and chronic low back problems which may have resulted from long standing postural problems may be treated with body work. In addition, as it was with one of my clients, the postural imbalance that contributed to his chronic low back problem was also a result of a long standing mind body lack of integration. This man repeatedly pushed himself beyond his limits to compensate for an inferiority emotional stance.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a form of body work. It is performed on a person fully clothed. Using a light touch – generally no more than the weight of a nickel _ the practitioner monitors the rhythm of the cranio-sacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problems areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord. A Cranio-Sacral Therapy session can last for about 15 minutes to more than an hour, and the initial evaluation alone is often enough to correct the problem. The result? A central nervous system that’s able to return to its greatest levels of performance. Cranio-Sacral Therapy strengthens your body’s ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Infantile Disorders
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- Scoliosis Central
- Migraines and Headaches
- Nervous System Disorders
- Emotional Difficulties
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Learning Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- And Many Other Conditions
While the validity of the cardiovascular and respiratory rhythms is undisputed today, for ——-the very existence of these symptoms sparked debates in medical communities around the globe. Now, for nearly 25 years, osteopathic physician and researcher John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., has been a proponent of using the rhythm of another body system – craniosacral system – to enhance body functioning and help to alleviate pain and discomfort. The cranio-sacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance of restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and their health challenges. Cranio-SacralTherapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing through these mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease. This description of cranio-sacraltherapy was adapted from information provided by the Upledger Institute.
Body coaching has a long history, and a sound theoretical framework which takes into account the complex interactions of body and mind. As in other forms of coaching, within body coaching there are many different approaches. There is also a wide variety of techniques involving movement, bodywork, mindfulness, etc.
From this perspective, body structure is seen as a function of events in personal history, cultural forms, self-image, beliefs, needs, attitudes towards our body, personal relations, intentions, and gravitational field. As such, any aspect of the body reflects an aspect of oneself. Mind and body are reflections of each other.
Through compassionate self-observation of your body tensions, obstructions and disconnections, you can learn a great deal about yourself: your core beliefs, needs, how you function and organize your experience, your posture, breathing patterns, voice, movement, how important decisions were made, and your habits.
Instead of holding a hierarchical position between mind and body, from the bodymind point of view there is recognition of the continuity and connection of bodymind processes that contribute to the function and organization of the person.