Craniosacral Therapy and the GAPS Diet

The main pillars for healing my body the past couple years, have been the GAPS diet (with raw milk) and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy (with Qi gong). I discovered craniosacral therapy when I fled to New Zealand in 2001 hoping to get away from the terrible food (etc) in the USA. I have been fortunate, since moving to Canada to have Ged Sumner ask me to help with the Body Intelligence Trainings here in Vancouver. When he asked me I freaked out because my health was so terrible and unpredictable at the time, it scared me to think of being responsible for anything. I am very glad that he encouraged me to do it as I have learned an incredible amount about myself, once again, as well as about how to be myself in a noisy environment. I have also experienced incredible healing over the past year and a half, from regular craniosacral sessions.

As a result, I have come to be a person who sees a person’s health issues as a puzzle more than anything else. This can be fun as it is a multi-dimensional puzzle–sometimes the piece will fit right in and sometimes you have to methodically try various pieces to see if they fit before getting the right one. This can be very challenging if you don’t like puzzles! Prior to becoming a craniosacral practitioner I had a much more limited view of the picture. I have a tendency, as you can see from my website, to be rather biased towards a nutritional perspective of heath, which of course is an underlying backbone, but is not the whole picture. The GAPS diet has provided me with powerful dietary guidelines for healing my intestinal tract. This healing process has been amplified with regular biodynamic craniosacral therapy treatments. As a result I have set up my own Craniosacral practice to include therapeutic diets, such as GAPS, SCD or Body Ecology, for folks who have severe digestive issues, please see for more information.

It is interesting to note both these modalities are useful for children and adults with Autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and migraines as well as folks with digestive problems such as Crohn’s disease, celiac, IBS and more. This makes more sense to me after learning about the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is ultimately what is irritated or even damaged in people who find the GAPS diet helpful, and is a powerful connection between the gut and brain. Since both craniosacral therapy and GAPS are effective in treating the vagus nerve, digestive conditions, Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, migraines, tinnitus and more, using them in conjunction amplifies the healing process. In fact, they help you heal on many levels since emotional and physical traumas are released while the gut lining and internal garden are restored.

From my own experience I highly recommend for folks on the GAPS diet to have regular biodynamic craniosacral therapy sessions to help the healing process. If you are looking for a biodynamic craniosacral therapist in your area check this list, or have a look at this map.

Watch this amazing video of a a child with autism, treated with Craniosacral therapy and doing so much better!

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