It Takes A Village
A few Sundays ago I hurt myself skiing. I slid on some ice and hit the back of my head, hard enough to dent my helmet. Luckily I was ok and thanked the helmet gods for my intact noggin. The next day, it hurt to move my neck. It impacted driving, sitting, lifting, and my job as a craniosacral therapist. Suddenly I realized, "I have whiplash!"
As a therapist I am often treating symptoms that I have not felt myself. Although I am a very empathetic person, I find I have the most empathy after I too have experienced what it is like. I now understand whiplash! However, that is not the purpose of this post. But with most injuries there is often something to learn. I am often getting hurt, thanks to my active lifestyle in the outdoors. This time around I realized it takes a village.
The saying, "It takes a village" is from an African proverb about raising children. The exact origin of this proverb is unknown but in 1994 the author Jane Cowen-Fletcher released a children's book about a young African girl searching for her younger brother only to find the village has been caring for him the whole time.
Although I am not talking about children per say, healing is not about one modality or one way. In reality, we need a group (or village) to help us heal. With this injury I have done acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, increased my rest and decreased my activity to allow my muscles to heal, and of course craniosacral therapy. It took a group of people, in addition to myself, to help me get better.
Synergy (also the name of my business) means the interaction of elements, when combined, create an effect that is greater then the sum of the individual elements. I think this is a great definition for a village, and for healing. As a practitioner, I cannot do it alone. I need multiple people on my team all working for the same goal. When I am injured, one person alone cannot help me, but I need a blend of elements working together.
To me, that is why craniosacral therapy is so amazing. It works well with other modalities but it can also address areas where some modalities might not help. It is the blending of modalities that has helped me the best, with this injury and those in the past. It is understanding that one can't do it all, and it takes a village to heal. Not only does this create balance, it bolsters a sense of community.