I now realize that my "cure" that I have, up until now, attributed solely to receiving Craniosacral Therapy may be just remission, alleviating major stressors, hormone adjustments or some combination of these or other things. But I still believe that the Craniosacral sessions I received were the cornerstone of sending this nasty condition packing and I wish more sufferers were aware of it and tried it.
Craniosacral Therapy is a non invasive, gentle, deeply relaxing, non additive (or a least not in a bad, life threatening way!) alternative to chemicals that I was introduced to by a massage therapist. The technique was discovered/developed by Dr. John Upledger (www.upledger.com) and there are therapists practicing this method all over the world.
While it is probably not covered by insurance, if it works, and it did for me in about six $70 sessions, it is so worth it!
I know everyone is different and nothing works the same way for everyone. But since there are so many people suffering, what is the harm in looking at one more possible (non drug, no side effects) solution?
Hope this can help someone!
I was delighted to read your editorial "Ending the Beauty Versus Brains Debate." This is a topic that has interested me for some time, and it came to light in the news recently when it was exposed that JC Penney has created a T-shirt for sale that reads "I'm too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me," with resulting well deserved backlash: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/jc-penneys-girls-shirt_n_943349....
I live in the northwest, where taking an interest in clothing seems to be viewed as selfish and superficial. I am an athlete and outdoorswoman, so I appreciate the value of fleece, goretex, wool, and capilene, but I also view fashion as a creative outlet, and love the idea of "wearable art." People frequently make false first impressions of me because of how I dress, ranging from assuming I am a snob, to being surprised that I am an environmentalist. When they get to know me, they are shocked to find out I have gone 3 weeks without a shower, pooped in an ammo can on river trips, and traveled in places like remote Africa.
I'll never forget an incident in college where I was eating in a small country restaurant with about 20 rafting guide friends. They were all "granolas:" dressed in hippy clothes and Birkenstocks, unshaven, ungroomed. There I was in my matching purple jogging shorts and singlet. The waitress went around the table taking orders, and when she got to me she stopped and said emphatically "what are YOU doing with this crowd?!" Most of my best friends over the years have continued to be outdoor types who have little to no interest in clothing or fashion. They love me despite my passion for clothes, which they cannot understand, however I have frequently been self conscious over the years about being judged for how I am dressed, especially on social occasions where I am not well known.
Recently I found some interesting quotes regarding fashion and a blog that proclaimed "your body is your first home, you should never feel guilty about adorning it" (author unknown). I especially liked this quote:
"You don't have to signal a social conscience by looking like a frump. Lace knickers won't hasten the holocaust, you can ban the bomb in a feather boa just as well as without, and a mild interest in the length of hemlines doesn't necessarily disqualify you from reading Das Kapital and agreeing with every word. " ~Elizabeth Bibesco
I hope Americans will learn to emulate the Europeans when it comes to fashion: cultivating a sense of personal style, valuing quality over quantity, and appreciating the beauty of adornment. Meanwhile, I hope you continue to tackle this topic and prove by your very existence that beauty and brains can coexist! ~Nancy Enz Lill, Spokane, WA
--Diane Trader, Kalamazoo, MI