On my recent trip to California, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Kate Mackinnon CST-D. Kate recently published a remarkable book titled From My Hands and Heart – Achieving Health and Balance with Cranialsacral Therapy. Kate was kind enough to give me a signed copy of it. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I read the book 3 times in the span of about 48 hours. This is my review of her remarkable work. I hope that you’ll consider purchasing a copy for yourself today.
Once in a rare while, a book comes along that creates the possibility of profound, life-altering change in the reader. From My Hands and Heart – Achieving Health and Balance with Craniosacral Therapy by Kate Mackinnon is such a book. In it, Kate chronicles her journey with Craniosacral Therapy (CST) – first as a skeptical recipient – and then it follows her transition from CST student to gifted practitioner and teacher of this powerful hands-on treatment.
The story is told through a series of case-studies and real-world examples from Kate’s clients. She writes with a clarity and precision of an accomplished journalist and makes even the most arcane aspects of anatomy, physiology and the theory behind CST easy to understand for the layperson. For those not familiar with this form of bodywork, Kate describes CST in detail and explains how it works at both the physical and energetic level. She goes on to help the reader understand what to expect during a CST session and how to find a qualified practitioner. She also gives the reader step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate CST self-healing techniques into their lives.
Kate is obviously a gifted practitioner of her art. But what separates her and CST from other forms of bodywork is her intuitive ability to “follow her hands” and to listen to what the tissues and the body underneath them says. Her ability to listen with her hands, to “blend and meld” with the underlying tissue, combined with her detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology (she is also a trained physical therapist) allows her to help her clients tap into their own native wisdom. This helps to create an awakening of the body’s ability to heal itself.
People come from all over the world to receive Kate’s mindful ministrations and healing. They typically come with specific medical issues, and she chronicles many of these cases in this book. But these same clients leave with a deeper understanding of themselves and the root causes of their afflictions. The result is a feeling of empowerment and the client is now able to take charge of her own life and health and well-being.
Kate has treated clients with a wide range of conditions – from traumatic brain injury to emotional distress, disorders of the immune system, asthma and more. She has treated mothers and children and even animals. But, she does not provide a laundry list of conditions that can be cured. In fact, she goes out of her way to say that she is skeptical of any treatment modality that claims to cure anything. One of the important tenets passed down by Dr. John Upledger, the “father” and founder of CST is to know one’s limits and to “willingly refer clients to other professionals when appropriate.” Nevertheless, the scope of conditions that can be helped with CST is very wide. Many of Kate’s clients have come to her when conventional treatments have failed or no longer work.
This book offers a roadmap of hope for people who want to take control of their own health by harnessing their body’s self-correcting and healing mechanisms. There is something in this book for everyone who has an interest in achieving optimal health and well-being. For those not familiar with this form of bodywork, it is undoubtedly one of the easiest to understand descriptions of CST ever written. For those who are in the healthcare profession, it can serve as a reminder that the body knows how to heal itself. The role of the practitioner is to follow its direction and provide support.
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