Once a week you'll have the opportunity to peek inside the mind of one of our local health & wellness experts. They'll share with you their advice, suggestions, wisdom and answer their most popular question from clients.
This week let's get to know our local health and wellness expert and Registered Craniosacral Therapist, Richard Crandall, LCMHC, MLADC, RCST. Richard offers Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Body Work and Counseling in his Norwich office.
Tell us about yourself and why you choose to go into a health field?
I was raised in Seabrook, NH where some family members still live. After a car accident I became very interested in healing modalities that helped my body return to pre-accident condition.
What makes you unique in your field?
I practice Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and counseling.
What is Bidynamic Craniosacral therapy and how does it work?
The practitioner spends years in study and practice to become more aware of subtle changes as each therapy session is unique. William Garner Sutherland, DO was the first person in the modern era to find that the natural forces of health move the human body in very subtle waves that maintain health. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists (BCST) spend a great deal of time establishing a relationship with the Earth, within themselves and are in relationship with Natural Healing forces of stillness, or some would call it the Holy Spirit, the Breath of life and what we as clinicians call Primary Respiration. As therapists we are aware of these subtle forces as they unfold within us and those we work with in BCST. In BCST we hold the container for the work to unfold through establishing ground connections and fulcrums to centering forces with in the body.
What did you have to do to become a registered therapist?
I studied in Manhattan for three years and became registered through the North American Craniosacral Therapy Association (NA/CSTA). During that time I traveled to NYC every three months to attend five day seminars. My foundation course was presented by Roger Gilchrist MA, RCST, RPP. After completing the Foundation Course I was then able to join the NA/CSTA. Currently I am studying advanced BCST with an osteopath from England.
What question do your clients ask most frequently and how do you answer them?
Do I need to believe in this? I say "no not at all" if you are open to it the results may be better. Also each person needs to understand that the treatments for Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy begin here at the office but continue to improve the body for several days if not weeks after the treatment.
What do you see as the greatest health risk posed to this generation?
Bad food, lack of strong immune systems, lack of connection to the natural world, environmental change. I believe that many of our health dis-orders today are directly related to the poor nutrition that comes from the depleted soils and consequently we are seeing many diseases because of the toxic environment and lack of available nutrition supplied by the soil.
What’s the best health/fitness/wellness advice you ever received?
Find out for myself what is good for me. Medical Doctors don't know everything and western medicine suppresses symptoms instead of addressing and treating the root cause of health problems.
Do you have a success story of redeemed health you’d like to share?
Many people come to me after looking for years, with out success. I have experienced recovery myself after sustaining a bad neck injury. A surgeon told me that what he really did was help people reduce their pain. I help people recover and feel good again. I have been to pain specialists and they wanted to know what I did because I got well. They admitted they could not do that for me. They had only seen two recover and I was one of them.
What is your favorite area of wellness to practice?
I like meditation and have presented to individuals and small groups. Meditation can help reduce stress, substance use and social anxiety.
What are you passionate about, besides your professional life?
I love being out doors and especially love hiking the White Mountains of NH.
What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
"The Spiritual life is not a theory it must be lived"
What’s one book you recommend everyone should read?
What's one suggestion would you make that would have the greatest impact for improved health?
Be careful what you tell yourself. Those quiet words are very powerful. Be careful of the lies you tell yourself.
Any final piece of wisdom you’d like to share?
Trust your inner voice and follow your gut. Keep on seeking for the truth within. Get clear about who you are. Over 90% of disease is caused by stress. Find a practice and stay with it. Therapeutic bodywork such as biodynamic craniosacral therapy is profoundly effective for helping your body get and stay healthy and overall health will continue to improve. Health is improved when the mid-line of your core is clear and strong.
How can people learn more about you and what you offer?
Visit my web site Awakenings Holistic. Come by for a visit or session.
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