Panama CranioSacral Therapist Cures Migraines
Elsie Garcia, a therapist at the Hotel Coronado Spa is a practitioner of a progressive therapy called CranioSacral (CST) / SomatoEmotional Release (SER). The craniosacral system is comprised of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams (about the weight of a nickel), the practitioner is able to find and release blockages in the craniosacral system. This improves the functioning of the central nervous system and is proving to be effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. Elsie Garcia trained as a CranioSacral Therapist when Roberto Eisenmann Senior tried the therapy as a last resort for relief from migraines. The results were so impressive that he decided to bring the treatment here to Panama and choose Elsie to become the local therapist at Coronado Hotel.
I asked Else how she uses her gift in the practice of CranioSacral Therapy. “To begin I touch the feet, and that activates the energy around the blockage and shows me where to work. During a CranioSacral treatment, I can feel what my client is feeling”. Once after stepping off her table, I told Elsie she had magical hands. She replied, in Spanish, with her eyes averted above, “My hands belong to Him”.
I asked Elsie what SomatoEmotional Release is and how it is connected to CranioSacral. “Many physical problems have their root in emotions. In working CranioSacral, emotions get released as blockages get cleared up. Clients are encouraged to express whatever they are experiencing during treatment. We don’t need to speak the same language. I understand the energy.”
Once while I received CranioSacral treatment from Elsie, I inexplicably started sobbing and experienced a sadness I didn’t even realize I held. During the hour, I made a connection with an understanding that changed my relationship with the way I work, which as a result, has brought me more joy in my day to day life and my relationships. Other times I’ve left Elsie with a mental clarity and focus that had been missing previously.
How often does one need to receive treatment? “If it is a severe case, I recommend an initial 5 consecutive day to start and after that it would depend on what the client needed. In most cases one should come every 15 days. My clients and I both know when the treatments are no longer required. The goal of CranioSacral is cure, not dependency on the therapist.”
In Elsie’s experience as a therapist she has seen migraines cured, hyper-active children calm down, artery blockages cleared up and milk intolerances disappear. While she works, she is able to discover physical imbalances and works to clear them up.
CST is increasingly being used as a preventive health measure for its ability to increase the body’s resistance to disease. It is also effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
• Migraine Headaches
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Motor-Coordination Impairments
• Central Nervous System Disorders
• Orthopedic Problems
• Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
Elsie has been practicing CranialSacral since 2002. She works at Hotel Coronado on Tuesdays to Sunday from 9am to 5:30pm. Her treatments are available to members and guests of Hotel Coronado. Appointments last 1 hour. If you begin treatment, a regular 3 session / 15 days treatment is recommended. Call 240-4444 to make an appointment.