Cranial, Vortex & Energy Psychotherapy

If you are contacting me primarily for cranial and vortex work, preferring less emphasis on talking, the sessions are gentle, soothing and non invasive. The light touch and cranial work assist to facilitate relaxation and a deep letting go of emotional resistance held within the neurological system, with a gentle focus on breathing. The energy of vortex healing assists in the alignment of the individual with the True Self that is its base. It can provide a profound experience of safety and care that can support whole system reparation to areas of the psyche where there has been previous empathic failure or trauma.

The sessions take place on the floor, fully clothed and with the client on their back or front. The practitioner sits at the head of the client and if incorporating Hawaiian movement may also sit between the ankles. The treatment incorporates elements of cranial sacral therapy, Hawaiian and Indian head massage and vortex healing.

Energy work can assist in creating more internal space. This can facilitate a deeper integration of the therapy, allowing the body to find its own ways of releasing tensions, softening tissue, restoring the vital flow of fluids and energy. This work is born out of my interest in cranial sacral therapy, my knowledge and study of energy psychotherapy and my knowledge and experience of body psychotherapy, that pays attention to the body’s expression of emotional trauma, where emotional pain may be expressed as a physical symptom. I personally underwent body psychotherapy for 7 years prior to my training as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

This work is also grounded in my training and qualification in vortex healing, a healing art with the aim of releasing blockages in the human energy system thus restoring well being, and my training and qualification in massage therapy, manual manipulation of soft body tissue to enhance a person’s health and well-being.

“Since touch has been proven to be essential to the growing infant, it must be important throughout our life. Touch speaks a simple language we all understand. The profession of psychotherapy cannot afford to be untouched any longer.”

Bernd Eiden, Founder of the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy

Unfortunately most information on vortex and even cranial sacral can come across as a little ‘out there’ and borderline mythical. In essence the web of conditioning (energetic, psychological, emotional and physiological) is incredibly deep and can completely distort our experience of being human. In addition to creating a myriad of emotional issues, it also creates blockages in our human energy system which generate weakness and physical disease. The intent of vortex healing is to release this conditioning on every level it is found, returning the person to emotional balance and energetic strength, so that health prevails. From a psychosynthesis perspective one might say the work is to assist in facilitating alignment between the personal ‘I’ and transpersonal Self.

Vortex work assists in aligning the natural flow of bliss and ecstasy that is true nature. My training in this work has been focused and refined through my initiation into the Shaivite lineage 20 years ago by my teacher Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi who I have continued to receive purification from each year since, and my own ongoing spiritual practices and meditation practice that is the centre of my life. The vortex I work with offers a transmission of the state of samadhi or spiritual ecstasy that is the natural emanation of meditative absorption. I combine this with subtle psychotherapeutic knowledge to viscerally work out of the system via the transference, psychodynamic traumatic patterning and relational trauma that are often held in crystalline formations within the unconscious, creating patterns of psychophysiological resistance to the flow of True Self. Essentially this pure consciousness transmission assists in establishing the state of meditation that can then be progressively internalised by the receiver, stabilising True Self as the conscious base of the person. Ongoing vortex work brings attunement to ones core grid supporting self realisation and actualisation of ones true path.

(Hawaiian movement is known as the ‘loving hands’. This name helps to explain its principles – the movement works gently into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch, working from the belief that memories are not just stored in the brain and mind, but also in every cell of the human body. The long, continuous strokes of the movement are designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviours, which can cause as many stresses and strains as muscle tension.)

The closest understanding to the way I conceptualise the work probably comes from the energy psychotherapy tradition, so below is some writing from a respected energy psychotherapist and clinical supervisor Suzi Tarrant that clearly expresses this way of working.
What is Energy Psychotherapy?
Working with internal resistance
Energy Psychotherapy refers to the integration of Energy Psychology methods into the process and practice of psychotherapy.
Energy Psychology is a family of integrative approaches to psychological healing rooted in traditional mind-body systems of medicine dating back over 2500 years. Energy Psychology blends traditional bio-energetic insights with the best of contemporary psychological practice. These methods have been developed and refined over the last 35 years by a range of mental health professionals and with millions of clients all over the world.
The field of Energy Psychology and Energy Psychotherapy continues to evolve and the specific mechanisms which contribute to its effectiveness are still being explored. The current working hypotheses suggest that psychological problems are a reflection of disturbed bio-energetic patterns within the mind-body system — a system that involves complex communication between our neurobiology, our cognitive-behavioural-emotional patterns and the energetic fields which underpin them.
Emotional distress, traumatic experiences and inner conflicts can be understood as patterns of information (images, memories, thoughts, beliefs, feelings and sensory experience) frozen in time within the body-mind-energy system. These frozen patterns can negatively influence how we view the world, experience and regulate emotions and relate to other people. Energy Psychology methods can gently and quickly release these frozen patterns.
In Energy Psychotherapy, we use cognitive interventions simultaneously with the stimulation of one or more of the human bio-energy systems such as meridians, chakras and bio-fields. It is this powerful combination of attunement and stimulation which can facilitate rapid positive change and optimal psychotherapeutic outcomes.