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The Osteopathic Lineage of Healing

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Wish first came across CST as a medical student traveling abroad. A chiropractor offered it to him as a method he was experimenting with; Wish found it brought him unexpected relief from the mounting physical tension in which his profession’s demands were enveloping him. Later, Wish sought CST for chronic pain, and discovered it also helped him shed difficult experiences from his youth that still influenced his body. “The way I can hold space for people as I do this work,” he confides, “is by having gone through stuff myself.” As a board-certified family physician who started out in allopathic medicine, Wish has been using primarily CST for years now, in combination with energetic and psychotherapeutic methods, “because it works very well for me and my patients.”

Wish describes CST as hands-on work “in the middle of the spectrum, with intense chiropractic on one end, and distance energy healing on the other. Most of the time, we have our hands on our patients with an extremely light touch. We’re not trying to break through resistance or force anything into place. We are trying to follow where the body wants to go to feel more harmonious, freer, truly aligned. I never pop or crack or do any kind of forced adjustments. But once people are relaxed and have released [tension], things can gently pop into place on their own.” Patients often have sensations they aren’t used to noticing, he says, such as vibrations, pulsations, heat discharges, and other manifestations of the body relaxing and releasing tensions of old trauma.

In a phrasing perhaps unexpected from a traditional medical doctor, Wish adds, “The body is a sacred vessel. And the body doesn’t lie. Our minds can make up lies, but our bodies are very straightforward. They want to feel good and be free. Our mind inhibits that process, because it means going back through pain, and we tend to avoid that. This work is like peeling layers of an onion. First, people shed superficial layers of tension. As they go deeper, they get to know themselves more fully. Most people carry layers of suffering; as you shed those, you feel better and lighter. That’s where healing takes place.”  


Resources

Joseph Tieri, DO, and Ari Rosen, DO:
Stone Ridge, (845) 687-7589; Rhinebeck, (845) 876-1700;
New Paltz, (845) 256-9884; www.stoneridgehealingarts.com

Margery Chessare, BA, LMT: (518) 893-0421;
www.sipn.info/chessare.htm

Ron Wish, MD: Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute,
Nyack, (845) 358-4815; www.drwishcraniosacral.com

Michelle Tomasicchio, LMT: New Paltz, (845) 255-4832

The Cranial Academy (osteopathy information):
www.cranialacademy.org

Inter Linea, online publication devoted to osteopathy:
www.interlinea.org

The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of
North America: www.craniosacraltherapy.org

The Upledger Institute: www.upledger.com

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