April 2013

April 2013 completed an 11 year journey of Cranio-Sacral therapy, four years studying visceral manipulation and one year neural. Every step has been enlightening, adding a new piece to the puzzle and I know it doesn’t end here as I signed up for more advanced levels.
When I decided to attend level one of the visceral manipulation series, it was mere curiosity. I’d heard so much about it from other students. Day one into level 1 made me realize that it wasn’t just a technique I could learn over a short course, nor was it a simple CEU to renew my annual license in the UK, it was much more in depth than that. The books were very hard to understand at the beginning, change in terminology , sinking versus force, listening rather than just doing was a struggle. I then realized the link between the organs and posture, the organs and joints, the organs and fascia, felt more and a whole new world unfolded. I couldn’t let go, because every level left me hungry for more. Once I’d covered most of the organs, I discovered that there was more to palpate and feel, and that working with the organs alongside everything else I did, just didn’t feel complete, so I enrolled in Articular courses, then neural and I look forward to attending the vascular system. It all seems to fall into place now, however challenging.
A normal bump or fall travels through the entire body. Children fall out of low windows, off chairs and end up with a bruise and survive. Years later that same child develops postural patterns or digestive issues, and very often parents will brush over the initial fall very quickly as something in the past. Unfortunately it’s not. Trauma travels up or down the body away from the site of impact and lodges somewhere, and that location is a good starting point to treat. It could be where the continual pull comes from,. Other times emotional trauma is locked in tense tissues, the speculations/reasons are numerous, but a finely tuned hand will be able to pick up micro-traumas when an MRI fails to see it.
This link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-kx7oYS-a0 of special photography shows how an impact can travel in the body, and it doesn’t have to be a punch in the face, it can be as simple as falling down the stairs or bumping the edge of a table.
Visceral manipulation looks at the container of the body, and works on a multitude of issues.

Published by Rawya El Gammal

I started my career in my late teens as a group exercise instructor and PT, then found my calling as a Sports Therapist where I worked with sports injuries and post op cases in the UK and Egypt. I found that people who came in needed support on a multitude of levels other than just return to sport, so I pursued my passion in studying more. Trained as a holistic therapist, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, Australian Bush flowers, then went onto a long journey of training at the Upledger Institute in craniosacral therapy followed by the Barral Institute in Visceral, Neural and articular manipulation. Over the years I developed my own techniques of work, incorporating the array of studies into sessions. A client would come in with complaints ranging from injuries, to random headaches and I'd take the time during a consultation to listen to what they have to say. Then I'd spend the rest of the session listening and assessing the body through biomechanical assessments, joint, visceral, neural etc assessments, listening techniques and by the end of the consultation will discuss with you what my opinion is and options. We'll set up a plan that works for you and take it from there. My intention isn't to keep you coming forever, but to get you up and going as quickly as possible. In 2000 my masters was on meditation vs exercise on blood pressure. Meditation was one of the things I had incorporated in my daily life since I was in my mid 20's but by the time I had teens, the practice became a little bit of a challenge with all other demands of life. For a series of consecutive years I took my family to a mindfulness retreat, and started reviving that aspect of learning into our lives, went onto to study SER (somatic-emotional release) and it was applied through my manual work practice. A year ago, I enrolled in a three year SE course, I'm entering year two and am now incorporating the work into my practice which doesn't necessarily require manual work. As an addition to the titles I'm also a life/wellness coach and behaviour change in practice coach in fitness, I added a few more bows to my tie by studying CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy through the Achology institute) and NLP. The combination of all the studies and 30+ years experience in being a therapist helps me help you even more.

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