Snake Charming


I am fascinated by the effect emotions can have on one’s body. My latest living-in-the-moment exploits, not unexpectedly left me with an ache in my left shoulder, neck, jaw and ear. That it is my left side, is no accident, as that is where my heart is. I am very familiar with this ache, as it was so profound after Arron died that I couldn’t raise my arm high enough to open a door.

A Craniosacral therapist named Maureen gave me a diagnoses to this syndrome: broken heart.

Since then I have endured this ache on all sorts of occasions, mostly involving emotional upheaval of some kind, strife with my family or my kids being the usual culprit. Every time it catches me by surprise, that emotion is not just in the mind.

Happily, today I had my monthly appointment with Kay, my Seattle Craniosacral therapist, who wrangled my snake (which is how I think of the long rope of offending muscle) almost into submission. She zeroed in on it with a surgeon’s precision, and I could feel waves of what I can only describe as energy giving me shivers as she worked. I reveled in the power of touch to heal.

I got up slightly dizzy, but infinitely lighter, snake subdued.

6 Comments

  1. Single Mom Seeking May 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    First, I’m completely in awe that you’ve written a post about craniosacral work! I’ve wanted to write about this, but didn’t know where to begin.

    All right, out here in the woo-woo Bay Area, some folks understand how healing touch is… I love this post.

    It was my daughter’s pediatrician who first suggested cranial sacral after my ex split town 9 years ago.

    I said, “Cranial what?”

    I had the same diagnosis: broken heart.

    I really think this practice saved me…

  2. Abigail May 7, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I know! Isn’t it the hardest thing to explain? It truly has been magic for me too. I wrote a lot about it in my book. And the whole broken heart thing. So obvious.

  3. dadshouse May 7, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I love alternative healing therapies. I’m a reiki master, and give myself reiki every night. My son has had cranial sacral therapy, to great benefit.

    Have you ever read Anatomy of the Spirit, by Carolyn Myss?

  4. shared moments May 8, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Cranial sacral works for me too although of late I’ve been having some succes with personal meditation techniques. Saves the trip to the therapist!

    Sorry about the broken heart Abby.

  5. Abigail May 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I am gonna look up Anatomy of the Spirit. Sounds really interesting, and I could use something like that right now. Get me head into something nice and juicy.

    And meditation is something I need more of in my life. I actually woke up this morning and got 10 minutes in! Baby steps…

    Heart not broken (well not since Arron). This time it was just a little bruising. Back in the swing in no time. Thanks for the sentiments though.

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