Bringing Serendipity Into the Lives of All We Touch
Part 3 of 3
By Stuart Taws
Below are some excerpts of the above article.
Serendipity. When you hear the word, what thoughts come into your mind? Stumbling upon an interesting discovery or some fortune not sought--good luck?
That is not the meaning Horace Walpole gave when he coined the word several hundred years ago.
Al Seibert, Ph.D., from Oregon, has made a lifelong study of survivor personalities. He concludes that one of the qualities of such a personality is this propensity toward serendipity, an open attitude of absorbing information to makes things come out well. Not only do they survive, but somehow they gain strength after the disaster.
Chronic pain, the "all over" pain syndromes, are a disaster in the lives of their victims. These accidents and disasters are in the millions each day and how many adult survivors are there? There is not a lot of true serendipity about. Why? Because there is not enough wisdom being brought to the disaster scene to help those in pain come through the misfortune and actually become better off because of it, living life with a richer and more positive outlook.
Think of some of the chronic pain sufferers that are your clients. Have you been able to bring serendipity to their lives? The wisdom is available...
In the first article we looked at chronic pain conditions from the cellular level.
Dr. David Smith, a teacher at the Los Angeles Chiropractic College has spent 40 years studying the effects of potassium depletion and soft tissue problems. He states that there is just one condition, but three hundred medical names for that condition--potassium depletion.
In the second article, we looked at the clinical research of physicist Larry Dossey from his book Time, Space and Medicine, and Dr. Clair Weekes from her book Hope and Help for Your Nerves. Dossey not only describes the "Patagonian" outlook of some physicians, not seeing.
Let us now bring a little more wisdom to this war zone of pain and start to create serendipity (Horace Walpole version) for ourselves and everyone we touch.
But first, we will go back to Al Seibert's survivor personality.
Men are puzzled by women when they are unpredictable; one thing at one time and something else at another. It drives them crazy, as though there is something wrong with women. It's a matter of control. Women are simply and innately more paradoxical and by definition, better survivors. That's why it's such a shame that most of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia or thoracic outlet syndrome are women. The diagnosis is made by men who simply do not understand.
One of the key things the survivor personality needs is the ability to handle emotions first. After the first impact, you can laugh or cry (laughing is preferable), but you need to get competent coping back into action. A sense of humor will always pull you through and help you cope. Then, to start the capacity for growth, you, as a massage therapist, can encourage this activity and literally make a lifelong effect on the brain so that the nervous system heals and develops differently. If you can teach your client to pace their own nervous system, there are studies that show the cerebral cortex can become "thicker and richer."
How do we do that? First we need to understand the powers behind injury repair. Imagine a paper cut on your finger. How long does it take to stop bleeding? Minutes. The repair process is so wonderful that the injury is forgotten in a few hours and perhaps by the next day, there is no evidence of the original injury. Keep in mind the speed of the repair process, involving only minutes, hours, or a single day.
When the paper cut your finger, a complex and fascinating response took place, and, unbeknownst to you, a "start button" was pushed. The bleeding forms a clot that seals the wound and platelets within the clot release a chemical called "platelet derived growth factor." This actuates the DNA within the fibroplast cells in the tissues,
This brings us to the research of Dr. Becker and his remarkable discourses on electric medicine. Robert Becker, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and Professor at the State University of New York. Twice nominated for a Nobel Prize and a pioneer in the research of biological electricity and regeneration, the best of his work is detailed in a book called Cross Currents (highly recommended). Let us combine all this research into a simple understanding, so that we can take people out of pain when, respectfully, the medical system has failed. The following is a very brief overview.
The lowly salamander is a very complex creature and not dissimilar to us. The foreleg is identical to our arm in complexity of bone, muscle, and nerve structure. If you amputate the foreleg of the salamander, guess what, it will regrow a whole new foreleg, complete in every way. That applies to half the heart, eye, a third of the brain, gut and so on. Technically speaking, the salamander is immortal (unless it's eaten).
This regeneration process gives us an amazing insight into astonishing capabilities of living cells .
"Yes!" The brain has a "mind of its own." It is the "doctor within." Deep consciousness and the internal closed-loop DC healing current of injury are one and the same. Time and space do not permit us to detail the masses of clinical evidence showing the spontaneous remission of all manner of diseases by accessing the deep consciousness, by the healing DC current, by meditation, bio-feedback, clinical hypnotherapy, or deep conviction as manifest in the so called "placebo effect." During profound healing, produced by any technique, the conscious mind is able to access the healing DC system and produce healing. The placebo effect is capable of producing the desired medical effect in sixty percent of clinical cases. What a drug!
In these last two days, I've been talking to therapists who suddenly have been able to bring serendipity to lives that are "disaster areas." One of the worst disasters in recent history was the Oklahoma City bombing. Among the many volunteers were some massage therapists. Marian Chapman from Mountainberg, Arkansas was among them. A short time before the bomb blast, Marian had learned how to accelerate healing and get immediate results in a very short time. Here is part of a letter she sent from the bomb blast site:
Oklahoma City, the bomb blast site, April 30, 1995.
Forgive the stationary, it's 11:30 p.m., I'm just in from Oklahoma City. A cup of Sleepytime tea and a hot bath are waiting. I worked the weekend at the Disaster Command Post under Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). We were chiropractors and massage therapists classed as "Alternative Solutions."
The rescue workers, military and FBI, were filtered through our area after debriefing at shift changes and any other time they wanted during lunch or other breaks. One or two massage therapists, a couple of chiropractors, and their nurses took turns manning the Red Cross Station across the street from the bomb blast site. We gave them five minute neck, shoulder and hand work on their short rest breaks for food, drink and rest. At Command Headquarters, we worked six-hour shifts giving full back, legs, hands, arms and feet on longer breaks. We're talking 6 or 8 massage therapists and as many as wanted out of 1500 rescue workers. We sort of melded into a team with the chiropractors.
I am humbly thankful I attended your Eureka Springs Seminar and that I had been practicing STR techniques in my practice at work. When I realized we usually had only 10 to 20 minutes to work on someone, STR kicked in. I could totally cover a worker, head to toe, have everything loosened up and pain free, feet powdered, and hand them a clean pair of socks as they got up.
I thank you for telling us it was "so simple it was ridiculous, to take it home and play and experiment with it, that we couldn't hurt anyone." It was beautiful to see these guys and gals get off the table shiny and relaxed, with rosy cheeked smiles, after coming in so drawn, gray and exhausted. They went back to the pit with an easy spring in their step rather than dragging. They loved us.
I praised God for STR and your so lovingly teaching the work, Stuart.
Conclusion: here was a disaster site of incredible proportions, yet Marian was able to bring serendipity to relief workers and herself with her applied wisdom.
Karen Seale, M.D. is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science for several years during which time she specialized in adult foot and ankle surgical reconstruction. She was referred to Ron through his yoga instructor. "I had heard his name mentioned several times by other acquaintances who said that he gave a really deep massage, which is what I preferred. Prior to the conclusion of that very first session, I knew that I had found a superb massage therapist."
Ron told me that the first time he used STR on her "she reacted so positively" when he shared with her the rationale behind the work; she immediately grasped the concept of how it works. She then helped Ron expand upon his understanding, further explaining the anatomy and physiology on which the work is based. They began turning her massage routine into mini-workshops. As Dr. Seale explained, "the sum of our individual parts of knowledge, experience, and intuition was greater than either of us could have anticipated." Karen's talent and joy of teaching led to her teaching anatomy and physiology at the Hot Springs School of Massage. She then describes a quirky turn of events. Ron was short staffed and, since Karen was on an effective hiatus from her practice, she offered to fill in until he found someone else. That was two months ago. She now averages 21 massages a week and heavily incorporates the principles of Soft Tissue Release.
Karen shares: "The opportunity to expand and apply these principles of treatment to a variety of clients has been very illuminating. I am a skeptical, scientific thinker, someone who demands that high standards of scientific method be .................
With these last three articles, there is one thing I hope I've accomplished. It is the knowledge and understanding that average therapists, like myself, can take the worst situations, and in minutes, hours or days, provide relief. You need to have a simple eye, a good heart, and good hands. Next you need a therapy that can produce a change very quickly. I've been using a therapy described as Soft Tissue Release for many years. Although I use this approach to healing exclusively, we also need all the other traditional therapies available to us. The one aspect that separates STR is sheer speed of results. Working with the fastest sprinters in the world, speed of results is everything. If I found another therapy tomorrow that produced faster results, then that would be my best new friend. STR involves precise pressure through a very specific stretch. Add to this the laws of flexibility, as detailed in Active Isolated Stretching by Aaron Mattes (available by selecting "Shop" button in menu), and the East European fast friction moves that electrically stimulate the lymph system, and then combine that with any other wonderful work you know and love. It's a recipe that will take almost all of your patients or clients into a pain free world.
It is serendipity.