The three craniosacral sessions I had with Coko were a combination of deep relaxation and highly vital and potent intervention. Coko’s presence is clear but gentle, potent but patient. Her attentive and strong presence makes itself felt in the room, as it allows for an increasing awareness of the field phenomenon, whereby it seems that we both become aware of a level that is deeper than our conscious attention, but we still have an influence on one another. This level seems to be the state that lies before deep sleep but after everyday consciousness, where cognitive patterns and recurring thoughts and emotions originate from, and to where they can return when allowed. It’s the ideal environment for deep relaxation, enlivening rejuvenation, and repatterning of thought, emotion, and movement.
Coko stood on different sides of my body lying on the table, asking me to describe how the various positions felt. That appeared to be a great way to inquire about the interpersonal dimension of my postural alignment. What feeling comes up when someone stands on my right side? What are the thoughts attached to it? Could there be a reason why one side brings more comfort than the other? A great tool for assessment of the whole body-mind system. Another area where Coko’s non-invasive but clear presence is an active but non-threatening catalyst for change and the deepening of awareness.
As she brought her hands nearer it felt like I’m approached by a channel of waves, that are on the same wavelength as my waves ( the ones that dominate the subconscious level of pre-sleep consciousness) but may be more naturally aligned, and thus therapeutic for me. The waves that go through her wash through me, deepening my level of awareness, relaxing me, and teaching me about a way of moving, thinking, and feeling that is more aligned and more relaxed than my normal state. It’s like lying one of those wireless phone chargers.
It may be paradoxical that the stronger and clearer the presence of the therapist is, the more it allows for a deeper relaxation. But Coko’s steadfast, non-invasive approach created a container that primarily allowed for relaxation, and secondarily allowed for engagement with a subtle level of communication which by its very nature is educational and therapeutic.