CranioSacral Therapy Provides Relief from Many Illnesses
by Roberta Bolduc
Doug Allen, a licensed massage therapist, qigong practitioner and CranioSacral Therapist, is the owner of Harmony and Fusion, LLC, in Greer, South Carolina. QiGong, as described by the National QiGong Association, is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound and focused intent.
Allen attributes his teaching of qigong for many years as an avenue that helped him tune into his own craniosacral rhythm. That, coupled with the healing touch of a CST therapist, resulted in relief from the incapacitating vertigo, imbalance and migraines he was experiencing several years ago.
It all started when Allen suffered several traumas over a five-year period that included two head-on auto collisions and an armed robbery. Using his knowledge of mind-body healing and intent on a full recovery, he discovered the recuperative abilities of CranioSacral Therapy (CST). CST is a light-touch approach that can provide dramatic improvement by focusing deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction resulting in whole-body health improvement and performance. CST releases tensions in the body that can accumulate, via trauma, stress and pain, throughout the soft tissues and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord.
The body is believed by many health practitioners to be a self-correcting mechanism. CST is a methodology that allows the entire body to relax and self-correct, thus reducing pain and stress, and improving the body’s resistance to disease. CST has been found to be effective in treating migraines, chronic neck and back pain, scoliosis, infant and childhood disorders, autism, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD…the list goes on. More information on the origin of CST and its remedies, as well as courses of instruction, can be found at Upledger.com.
The Upledger Institute, located in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, and co-founded by the late Dr. John Upledger, is a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs, advanced treatment options and unique outreach initiatives. Allen, who was trained through the Upledger Institute, has completed level 1 and level 2 techniques as well as somatic emotional release. He is currently working on diplomatic certification with the International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP).
When working on a client, Allen says he uses a soft touch—generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel—to release restrictions in the craniosacral system in order to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. He explains the treatment as “listening to the craniosacral rhythm” which directs him to the “greatest disturbance” in the body. The brain then sends an impulse to that area of disturbance to see if it’s safe to clear it. Once cleared, balance is restored and the condition improves. Allen may also incorporate massage therapy techniques in his CST practice.
In addition to massage services, qigong and CST, Harmony and Fusion offers workshops, classes, labyrinth walks and various special events.
Harmony and Fusion, LLC, is located at 220 N. Main St., Greer. For more information, visit HarmonyAndFusion.com or call 864-214-6720.