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​Fascinating discoveries about the brain are abounding lately, to the point where science and holism are unifying. One particularly interesting area of research involves the connection of our thoughts and our physical bodies, to the extent that some now point to evidence suggesting that we can ‘talk’ to our body and have it cooperate.
In his book Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton seeks to show evidence that the common idea of DNA controlling body processes is flawed, instead proving that there must be another prime mover behind the DNA: signals received outside the cell, including our thoughts.
How can we do this? Meditation has been shown to be the key ingredient in one’s daily habits to achieve a state of mind-body connection. A regular practice in meditation will allow one to enter the deeply relaxing alpha and powerful, trace-like theta brain wave states. In these meditative states, we can open the channels of communication between thoughts and cells.
With regular meditation, we can experience an intimacy with our own bodies as never before, such as the realization that we are comprised of trillions of cells, each their own universe with their own experiences. We can then build a bridge of communication between thought and body to heal minute issues that lead to disease. The emotions arising from this process assist by stimulating the release of hormones by the endocrine system.
This mind-body connection is similar to the Eastern philosophy of oneness. The ancients understood that all life is derived of energy, and therefore our consciousness has energy. With clear intentions, we can achieve physical healing, using the emotions which arise to physically respond to the thoughts in our consciousness.


Well, I have some happy news -- after so much sad news. I met a couple about a month ago who told me they had been trying to conceive for a couple of years without any luck. I invited the wife to come for a Visceral Manipulation session. VM is a therapy I learned and used when I worked at a hospital in Vermont for ten years in the Ob/Gyn department. I had many successes with couples there. It turns out this couple that I met again tonight are pregnant -- after only one treatment. We are all so happy.


​Have you ever wondered how the superhuman among us – the Barack Obamas, the Oprah Winfreys – manage to appear so gleaming, so lucid, so centred apparently all the time? Don't they ever have an off day?  Obama, who this week celebrated his first year in office, shares a little secret with Oprah. They are reportedly both fans of "BodyTalk", the alternative healthcare system of the moment.

BodyTalk is based on the belief that the body knows how to heal itself but, like a computer, can get overloaded, leading to malfunction. A BodyTalk practitioner offers no diagnosis or prescription, just a "rewiring" session using muscle testing and light tapping on the head and sternum to re?establish channels of communication within the body. Then the body will start functioning optimally again.

Words like "innate", "healing" and "wisdom" set off alarm bells for me, especially when used together. But look past the jargon – and past the fact that this is a booming Florida business whose founder, Dr John Veltheim, resembles an outsize elf with bushy beard and evangelical smile – and there is sense in recognising the body as a "whole" with interconnecting systems. After all, we know that when one thing goes wrong, diverse other symptoms can crop up.
Veltheim, an Australian, once ran a busy clinic for Chinese medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathy. He became exhausted, got ill and couldn't recover. The long search for a cure led him to experiment with blending these and other alternative therapies, creating "acupuncture without needles".

His eureka moment came in 1995 with the discovery that you can literally tap into the body's energy circuits by using simple muscle testing to discover areas of sluggish communication. Tapping on the head then tells the brain to "fix" the faulty circuit, followed by tapping on the heart to "store" the fix, just like a computer downloading a programme.

Confused? Cynical? London-based practitioner Britt Jorgensen was when she first encountered BodyTalk on a yoga retreat in the United States four years ago. "People were talking about this miracle cure," she says. But no one could come up with a description that made sense to her.
Three weeks later, Jorgensen booked onto a BodyTalk course in New York and was captivated. She started practising on her husband, on friends and children, and says the results were demonstrable. Backache disappeared. Depression lifted. Skin complaints cleared up. Hyperactive children sat still. She continued training, gave up her high-powered job and qualified as a practitioner, treating people for complaints as varied as phobias, slipped discs and digestive problems.

I put Jorgensen to the test with a clutch of minor ailments: stiff back, aching wrist, sore throat – plus an unhealthy surfeit of anger. I lie on the treatment table and she wiggles my hand and arm, then lightly taps my head and chest bone. She also holds my feet briefly and lays a hand over my middle (she picks up straight away on the anger: the liver meridian apparently needs "balancing").

Does she have healing hands? No. BodyTalk is an "energy medicine", based on scientific principles. Veltheim has used neuroscience to back his findings, including a recent experiment in which the brain's responses to BodyTalk were monitored. I leave the treatment room still unconvinced. The tapping feels too much like knocking on wood – vague optimism rather than hard science.

But, one month later, the results of three sessions have shaken my scepticism. All physical complaints disappeared within hours of treatment. More surprising has been my change in mood: I feel increasingly clear-headed, light-chested, optimistic and energetic, as if the white noise of 21st-century urban life has been switched off in my head.
I still don't know how it works, but then I don't understand what my computer repair man does either.


This is your brain. No, not just the yellow bulbous mass at the top of the image, but all of the tendrils that reach down and out to the very extremities of you...r body. It cannot be separated, but it can be forgotten and abused.
Exercise your brain by moving your body, move your brain by exercising your body.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M82WwFACLg   The Human Nervous System.


​The Human Nervous System Part 2




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrtt9s72a7I   The neck



Explanation of John Wheeler's IT FROM BIT theory which is great support of the workings of BodyTalk!


​Pain and memory


"We have discovered that the brain can change for better or for worse as it adapts. This is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neurological connections. Negative neuroplasticity causes us to deteriorate, get sick, and grow old prematurely. Positive neuroplasticity leads to improved cognitive functions, improved memory, elevated mood, and optimized healing." from AWAKEN YOUR FLOURISHING BRAIN.

CST removes stress on the nervous system.  It can reboot, defrag, synchronize, and harmonize brain function. It can erase and neutralize chronic stress patterns before they cause long-term damage to the brain and body. The intention is to restore proper communication between the brain and the body by improving nerve function so the body can heal itself. Treatment can establish a new normal and more appropriate neurological patter creating healing, health, energy, vibrancy, and wellbeing.  Treatment makes the connections between the brain cells more robust. Cortical function is improved, balance, thinking, memory, etc., while inflammation and pain are decreased. There are NO negative side effects!

Dr. Candace Pert, author of MOLECULES OF EMOTION, and a well-respected molecular biologist said, "How we experience our world is governed, in a large part, by the structure and function of our brains and our nervous systems." The brain is responsible for sending messages to every organ and tissue in the body through the nervous system.  Treatment improves the brain's ability to transmit these messages and stay health.


Can Your Heart’s Energy Change the World?





This is a TED talk on how we can heal ourselves!


Bruce Lipton on EFT


Dr. David Perlmutter talks about the importance of epigenetics in health.


Lynne McTaggert's book on how Western medicine can cause harm instead of good and how alternative medicines can be more useful. 


Genes can be modified by words.  This is the principle behind BodyTalk.


Rupert Sheldrake lecture


I can't find the source of this next wonderful quote, but it sounds like Pema Chodrun:

We can be so hard on ourselves in so many ways: why did I choose the same kind of partner yet again, why am I not able to find more meaningful work, why am I acting just like my mother/ father, why have I not become awakened yet, why am I not truly loveable by another. Recent research and clinical reports in the fields of attachment and interpersonal neurobiology have shown us that the way we’ve come to see ourselves, others, and relationships was formed in the extended nervous system prior to the acquisition of language. As little ones, we lived in a non-verbal world, shaping our models of self and other according to our deeply wired need to survive, to receive love, and to be mirrored empathically.

Fortunately, the realities of neuroplasticity have shown that it is possible to reorganize the way we see ourselves, conceive of this sacred reality, and interact in close relationships. By some unknown grace, it seems that we are wired for love; somehow we are supported by the unseen world to allow love to restructure our lives. While this journey is simple, we know it is not easy. We sense that it demands everything – and this can be scary. But through compassionate self-inquiry, authentic contemplative practice, psychotherapy, and especially through attuned, intimate relationship, the opportunity is there to give ourselves fully to this life and to receive the fruits of a wide open heart and wise, intuitively-guided mind.

It does seem that one thing is required though, and that is tremendous kindness to ourselves – an unconditional friendliness to who and what we are, and a deep respect for the journey from fear to love, for it requires everything we have – and more. Let us nurture and hold ourselves in kindness today, and to appreciate the difficulties and challenges in living a life beyond belief. Let us set aside the spiritual superego, our desperate need to be something other than what we are, and to allow the grace that is always and already here to wash down throughout this sacred body, pouring through these precious senses. And let us behold the miracle of this life as it is, seeing how lucky most of us truly are, and how we could only ever be in the exact right place, to take the perfectly-designed next step into love.


"As a medical doctor myself, I have found Elaine’s skills far above that of an ordinary therapist. She possesses exceptional skill and knowledge in her field and has an extremely soothing and reassuring manner."

"I feel a freedom from pain in my back and neck that I almost would not have believed possible."

"I was a Physio and Occupational therapist for many years....this would have been a wonderful tool in my practice.
I have had cervical spine problems for many year. I had a flair up after a long flight. I saw Elaine about a week later when it was worse and had spread into left shoulder and upper thoracic area. She had me lie comfortably while she assessed the problem.  This was first experience with CranioSacral treatment. I felt very relaxed and as she had her hand on certain areas I was aware of the area feeling warmer then a definite release feeling. After an hour the pain had almost gone and continued to lessen over next few hours. I had better range of movement as well.
Because this felt so much better.  I followed up with more appointments to work on other areas. I also noticed an improvement in posture and general well being.. I am able now to do things I'd not managed without pain in years. Now a few months later I am still feeling so good.  I have also had issues with depression and sleeplessness that are also so much better.....I am so glad to have had Elaine treat me. She is very professional and explained what she was doing.  It was a life changing experience and I would recommend her to anyone."

​“Elaine’s work is subtle and profound on so many levels. It is my favorite hour of the week, even better than a massage and I love getting massages. Her work has helped my son with his past head and neck injuries and he feels so much better. My headache frequency and intensity has reduced substantially. You will be fortunate to experience her loving touch.“  ​

​"Elaine is able to palpate and perceive energetic holding patterns, then release and balance them with her subtle techniques. Very powerful and beautiful treatment."

"I had painful temporomandibular joint disorder for three years and after one treatment from Elaine all my symptoms were gone. She is an effective and caring therapist.""She worked on head and neck using no pressure. Whatever she did resulted in almost immediate relief…It was apparent she had a lot of experience and knew exactly what she was doing. I will be eternally grateful to her."


Craniosacral Therapy for Migraines

An article by John Upledger, D.O., the creator of the CranioSacral system of healing. He is a Certified Specialist of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and Academic Fellow of the British Society of Osteopathy, and a Doctor of Science. He has served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. 

Migraines remain one of the most prevalent and puzzling conditions in the medical community today. Many doctors use "migraine" as a catch-all phrase to classify intense head pain. But as anyone who suffers true migraines will tell you, it's so much more than that. The key to long-term success is relieving the underlying cause of the migraine in addition to releasing the pain.

Few structures in the human body have as much influence over its ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And few systems have as much impact on the brain and spinal cord as the membranes and fluids that surround and protect them which are collectively called the craniosacral system.

Nearly 30 years ago I developed a set of gentle techniques to release restrictions in the craniosacral system, which can then free the central nervous system and enable it to perform at peak capacity.  As Professor of Biomechanics in Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1975 through 1983, I led an interdisciplinary team of researchers to test the existence and influence of the craniosacral system.
Together we conducted experiments, many of them published, that scientifically explained the function of the craniosacral system for the first time. We also demonstrated in numerous research studies how the light-touch therapy I named CranioSacral Therapy could be used to evaluate and treat malfunctions involving the brain and spinal cord.

How CranioSacral Therapy is Performed
CranioSacral Therapy is performed on a fully clothed body, and a session can last anywhere from 45 minutes to more than an hour.
The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.
The result is a central nervous system free of restrictions, and a body that's able to return to its greatest levels of performance.

CranioSacral Therapy and Migraine
CranioSacral Therapy has been used to relieve a variety of sensory and/or motor neurological dysfunctions. In addition to headaches, neck and back pain, it's been used on jaw dysfunction, chronic fatigue, muscle coordination difficulties, depression, eye problems, hyperactivity, central nervous system disorders and many other conditions.

With migraines, of course, there can be multiple causes. Virtually anything that interferes with the autonomic nervous control of the blood vessels in the head can result in migraine. In general, CranioSacral Therapy does a very good job of normalizing autonomic nervous activity. It effectively mobilizes the membrane system within the head to take pressure off either the nerve that is controlling the blood vessel, or the blood vessel that may be causing the headache. It is also an effective stress reducer, which makes it particularly effective with migraines since they're often precipitated or triggered by stress. Since I started using the method in the 70's, I've seen migraines and other types of headache respond well to CranioSacral Therapy. In my experience, within 5 to 10 sessions you will either know the migraines are responding to the therapy or it will have fully corrected the underlying problem that led to the pain in the first place.


Elaine Russell earned a Master of Music degree and became a professional singer in New York city for many years.

Elaine's interest in  massage therapy and CranioSacral Therapy, a subtle healing technique that works on the brain and nervous system, led her to take three levels of training in Swedish Massage, two levels of Neuromuscular Therapy, seven levels of training in CranioSacral and SomatoEmotional Release including the advanced Brain Work, six levels of training in Visceral Manipulation, and a training in Process Acupressure from the Upledger Institute. She was also certified at the Vodder School of Manual Lymph Drainage.

Elaine trained at the International BodyTalk Institute studying all seven levels of treatment. She integrates BodyTalk into her sessions. It is a healing energy work that treats all elements of the bodymind, and spirit, past, present and future. Elaine is a Certified BodyTalk Practitione and is qualified to do non-local healing sessions.

She uses the feedback of kinesiology to discover the most appropriate modality for the person in their treatment. Elaine combines understandings not only from these trainings, but also from her affiliation with Pir Vilayat (she was initiated into his Sufi healing order) and Osho (she was initiated and studied in several of his groups), the great teacher Marshall Rosenberg and Robert Gonzales  (Compassionate Communication) and her certifications in NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis. She is certified in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and has studied Ayurveda and its subtle understanding of the makeup of the body/mind.

A true teacher does not teach you; she does not see you as inherently separate from her, or less than her. She simply reflects back your own inner knowing, and reminds you of the vastness of your being. She is a mirror, a signpost.

And love is the space in which all of this is possible; love heals, and we learn best in a loving field, no threat of failure, no punishment."

~ Jeff Foster.

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