Aqua Touch – Healing Trauma Using ‘Acqua-Craniosacral’
From Europe with love – by Tiziana de Biagi
Trauma is the body’s own response to alleviate an impact greater than the body can cope with alone. Every trauma, physical or mental, is linked to the nervous, hormonal and emotional systems. Some people keep the trauma in “control” by suppressing various symptoms or emotions such as pain and grief. They are unable to express love to show flexibility and to recognize opportunities in daily life. Many people live with these effects which respond well to acqua-craniosacral treatments.
Considering the composition of the human body – 70% water – and its regulation of internal fluids, use of water by a therapist to treat the body seems a clever way to perform natural healing.
CSI (Craniosacral Integration) and SER (Somatic Emotion Release) are tools which discharge the blocking power of trauma. These practices combined with aqua gentle touch techniques can help the person to gradually feel their
Gordon Boot is a vital and energetic therapist from Germany based on through gentle touch techniques. He believes that one of the best medicines for healing trauma, emotional distress and other dis-eases is aqua-craniosacral therapy. This technique has been practised by Gordon for six years in this capacity, including 3 years as a
volunteer in a rehabilitation centre in Bad Pyrmont (Germany). There Gordon observed and treated different patients involved in coma and trauma.
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Diligently he approached his patients communicating respect. He observed their body signals indicating receptivity and response in their stationary state. Typical responses were movements of the tongue, mouth and eyes which they were able to show in their sessions.
In this centre in 2005 Gordon treated a girl named Lena who was at the time in a post coma condition. In 1999 she was highly traumatized and in a coma after a car accident. He approached her condition by addressing it through gentle movements in the water unwinding her nervous system. Sometimes when the conditions required it, Gordon activated a dialogue to stimulate the girl to challenge her body’s skills.
For example he invited the girl to get an imaginary lolly box on the table. He was pleased to see, despite her immobility, many little signs of her achievement like gestures from her fingers attempting to reach it while she was trying with all her energy to stand up. As a reward for her effort Gordon gave her a real lolly. Aqua-craniosacral sessions can be exhausting for these patients.
During treatment the client can feel different sensations such as hot, cold, sweating, shivering, or suddenly crying: all releasing processes that allow solutions to the problem. The number of treatments depends on circumstances. When a patient is conscious of their trauma Gordon works with association of ideas. He stimulates the clients to think of their conditions, asking how the trauma appears and what they feel. This allows them to view the problem from a new dimension giving them additional resources to deal with it.
Water as a natural element has a great potential to aid people to regain their flexibility, balance, skills and where possible good humour. Treatments can be accompanied by underwater music with themes and sound of whales and dolphins or didgeridoos. Generally in an aqua-craniosacral treatment the therapist is immersed in the pool alongside the client. The therapist supports the client’s back while a cradle extends their legs. In this scenario the warm temperature of the water combined with gentle movements, creates the space for body language that the therapist is listening for to create relaxation for the nervous system.
Gordon’s passion for alternative therapies goes back to his teenage years. He learned kinesiology at the age of 12 years from his mother Barbara who introduced him, aged 20, to the Academy for Somatic Integration in Germany. In this institution Gordon and Barbara practised many craniosacral sessions with different types of patients.
According to Gordon there is a great potential for this type of therapy in New Zealand’s natural environment, with its wealth of thermal resources. Maybe this will synergize with New Zealand’s willingness to integrate and to share important knowledge for its holistic wellbeing? All this has been sent to us from Europe with love.
There are several places where one can obtain this information. As a starting
point visit: www.metamorphic-mind.net, Gordon’s own website.