The following proposal reveals the possibility of establishing contact with one’s hormonal system. This hormonal system consists of a group of messengers that are the best medicine for our bodies and can be referred to as our internal pharmacy. Contact with this system can be established using the Sacro-Cranial System.
Do you know your internal pharmacy?
This question is intended for you to appreciate the things your body does for you without you needing to worry about it or tell it what to do. This fascinating machine carries out hundreds of highly precise functions without you needing to make any decisions. This is a marvelous biological creation and I would like to contribute an idea of great importance that involves our participation. The idea is as simple as knowing that we can actively participate (using our hands) in the balance of our mind and body if we ask for this. To do so we must first learn how to ask, which requires us to understand the language of the body through listening, or rather, Craniosacral Listening.
What does Craniosacral Listening mean?
While more and more people are aware of this therapy, I will briefly explain the Craniosacral System and its therapy.
The Craniosacral System is a semi-closed hydraulic system in which CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid) circulates. As a result of a filling and contraction/emptying mechanism, CSF causes flexion and extension in the entire body that can be detected using manual palpation.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can be used to detect and correct imbalances in the Craniosacral System by assessing the quality of its rhythm. This rhythm can be felt the way we feel the heart rate or breathing. The craniosacral rhythm offers the advantage of allowing us to assess as well as correct using palpation, without having to invade the body and by listening respectfully.
In addition to being able to assess and correct physical, energetic and emotional imbalances, CST has the ability to interact with the hormonal production system (the endocrine system).
The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is in charge of mobilizing the messengers in our body (hormones), which has an impact on multiple processes throughout the organism such as the metabolism, physical performance, the ability to react to surprises, reproduction, sexual desire, sleep and analgesia. This system also has an impact on more abstract aspects of equal importance such as inspiration, creativity, confidence, serenity and well-being.
The human body secretes substances that it needs to activate vital functions and well-being so that a person is able to feel well. These substances, called hormones, are messengers that are in charge of sending orders to the organs and tissue so that we can maintain balance both externally and internally.
The Hormonal Craniosacral Therapy that I propose consists of applying listening techniques in order to evaluate a person’s state of health in relation to their endocrine system. This therapy will effectively regulate (in terms of excesses or insufficiencies) hormonal production in glands that show signs or symptoms of imbalance.
I would like to demonstrate some day-to-day situations in which the importance of a correctly functioning hormonal system is obvious.
The first example is in relation to oxytocin. Did you know that labor contractions release oxytocin, stimulating the uterine muscles to facilitate the advancement of the fetus? Did you also know that immediately after its release, endorphins (hormones with anesthetic and euphoric action) are released in order to make these contractions bearable? This intelligent design of our biology is proof that allopathic medicine practiced in hospitals, which administers synthetic oxytocin, and in most cases hastily, is a serious error. Instead, the body’s natural and valuable endorphin painkillers should be made use of. HCT has been successful at proving that we can influence our hormonal stations (such as the hypothalamus and the anterior pituitary) to release more endorphins into the bloodstream so that the mother and baby suffer much less.
Another example can be found in cases of nervousness, stress and anxiety, which can be combated by nature with endorphins and GABA (oxytocin, endovalium). GABA, which serves as a sedative to help us deal with overwhelming situations, has a very well-known synthetic copy (valium – lorazepam) that is highly addictive (like the majority of the benzodiazepines). In this case, HCT also allows us to access the production stages of GABA (limbic system) without the risk of making mistakes with dosage as it is the body itself that decides at all times the amount that it needs. An added advantage is that this frees us from the dangerous and unpleasant side effects of drug dependence.
After studying numerous findings collected during clinical practice, I want to insist that the greatest advantage to the application of this therapy is that it does not produce any side effects. This is due to the fact that incorrect dosages cannot be administered when using listening therapies. The body decides at all times on the hormonal supply that it needs.
Through this respectful approach to understanding medicine, we can obtain surprising results for multiple disorders that are circulatory, digestive, inflammatory, sexual or related to the thyroids, sleep or emotions.
To conclude, I would like to tell you that I recently had the chance to apply HCT in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at a hospital in Madrid and I will share this experience in my next article. We know that a large majority of drugs used in the ICU are used to interact and interfere with the endocrine system and I can confirm that HCT is a valuable tool in reducing the use of these drugs. When these drugs are combined, they puzzle medical professionals due to their particularities, incompatibilities and side effects that are due many times to incorrect dosages as they are administered based on exclusively objective criteria that appear on a monitor or in blood tests such as weight and age. These drugs are administered without any importance given to the multiple subjective aspects that can be evaluated using the hands.
Without a doubt, hands are curative and more and more professionals in hospitals are aware of this fact (especially nurses and nursing assistants). It is from this perspective that we encourage you to touch your patients more using gentle strokes, holding their hands or simply standing by their side for more time than usual because physical contact and company can be more healing than medication. I have tried this with my mother (who I send an enormous hug full of love and admiration so that she can recover as soon as possible), who recently had heart surgery. HCT in combination with company and gently strokes contributed to improvements in her vital signs such as her cardiac frequency, arterial pressure and oxygen saturation.
My message to health professionals is to modify the treatment of patients by demonstrating more humanity and closeness through physical contact and demonstrating interest in the emotional state, fears, wishes and needs of their patients instead of simply using the results that appear in blood test results. Oh yes! Let us not forget that being a doctor does not mean that we cannot smile. Patients in the ICU need something more than tons of medication and worried faces. Smiling, if sincere, creates confidence.
Of course, this last message is meant for anyone who feels that it refers to them and I send it with all of my respect. To the rest of you, congratulations.
Thank you for reading and until next time.
A big hug.
Michael Laloux Kodaewa is a graduate and professor of Osteopathy, Naturopathic Medicine, German New Medicine, Brain Release Technique (BRT), Hormonal Osteopathy (HO) and Animal Brain Release Technique (ABRT). He is the Director of the INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CRANIAL LISTENING located in Madrid on Calle Abada, 2 – 2º 8 izda. Telephone: +34 636 405 128.
Article published in the magazine Espacio Humano in May of 2011.
Hormonal Craiosacral Therapy is now referred to as Hormonal Osteopathy (HO)