The Body is a Single Dynamic Unit of Function

The Body is a Single Dynamic Unit of Function

There are many unifying systems within the body.


The circulatory system supplies blood to every tissue and organ.


The nervous system connects and integrates all of the body’s functions.


A third unifying system is comprised of a connective tissue matrix called fascia.The fascia is a continuous sheath of living tissue that connects the body front to back, head to toe. It surrounds every muscle, organ, nerve and blood vessel. A primary function of this fascial system is to support and lubricate.

Thus, the circulatory system, the nervous system and the fascia all help to organize the body into a unified continuous whole. No single part exists independent of the whole. When even a small part of the body does not function optimally, the entire person is affected.

Consider the circulatory system. Dr. Still stated, “The rule of artery and vein is universal in all living beings, and the osteopath must know that and abide by its rulings, or he will not succeed as a healer.”  Dr. Still used these words to describe the essential need for optimal fluid exchange. When blood and other fluids flow freely, the tissues can perform their physiologic functions without interference. When injury or disease occurs, the result can be a twisting or compression of all tissues, including the circulatory system. The blood and fluid flow becomes obstructed and areas of the body may become under- nourished and vulnerable. This effect may be a significant factor in causing disease. It is similar to trying to water a garden with a kinked hose. The water will not flow properly and the garden will not receive its proper nutrition.



How to build good habits, make them stick & the awesome power of being boring

This article makes so much sense.  (Click the title to read article)

In 2007 I started assisting the Body Intelligence Training in their 2 year foundation Biodynamic Craniosacral foundation training.  One of their tutors, Steve Haines mentioned something to the effect that in order to be an experienced practitioner one must attain at least 10,000 hours of giving craniosacral treatments.  It then struck me that I was no where close to this numbers.  At that time I was still struggling to get clients and not many people in Singapore know about Craniosacral Therapy.

Being a practitioner in a new field was not easy.  I had to do many other things which I had not done before, like setting up a clinic, connducting educational talks and presentations, networking and so forth.  How to get 10,000 hrs!  The problem I had was clients were not coming to me.  If clients do not come to me, how can I go to clients.  I began writing to organisations like the Cancer Society, Autism Association, Women Breast Cancer Group, Assisi Hospice and Metta Welfare Association hoping to be able to offer Craniosacral to their members for free.  After a wait of 6 months Metta Welfare Association called me for an interview.  Finally I was allowed to volunteer at their Metta Day Rehabilitation Center for the Elderly treating recovering stroke patients.  Every week without fail I treated these elderly stroke patients so that I could build up on my 10,000hrs.  It was such a joy working on these patients and seeing the changes in their health and wellbeing, from being wheelchair bound to being able to regain sense of balance and being able to walk.  From being depressed to being happy.  From being in pain to being pain-free.

Now my practice is full, but I still dedicate one day at the Metta Day Rehabilitation Center for the Elderly.



Jim Carrey giving his commencement address to the Maharishi University of Management class of 2014.

Worth watching this video of Jim Carrey giving his commencement address to the Maharishi University of Management class of 2014.

Jim Carrey is a funny man and he is deeply profound, too — a side he revealed to graduates at Maharishi University. “You can fail at what you DONT want… so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

A good reminder for us to believe in ourselves and not give up doing what we love, trusting the Universe………..

Birth trauma can stay with you even after many years.

Recently I treated a woman in her late thirties who is suffering from a myraid of symptoms from chronic fatigue to low levels of estrogen & testosterone, poor sleep pattern and depression for the last 13 years.

 During treatment what came up was birth trauma.  I was at her feet and the vortex line showed her knees bend and facing each other medially.  There was energy surge at the sacrum and lumbar.  I was curious and asked client about her previous pregnancy and birth.  She told me the following.

 In her case history she mentioned her twins was born through c-section.  What she did not mention was that she had bleeding in the first trimester and she was confined to bed rest most of her pregnancy.  At 25 weeks gestation she had contraction and was hospitalised and all sorts of treatment was administered to prevent dilation and birth.  At 33 weeks she gave birth to twins girls through c-section.  She had extensive haemorrhage and blood transfusions.  Babies had extensive ICU care and all sorts of childhood health issues.

Here is an interesting read on testosterone and estrogen levels in women: 

 Normal Testosterone and Estrogen Levels in Women

It may surprise you to know that men don’t have a monopoly on testosterone. Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones called androgens. But women also have testosterone.

The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen. Relatively small quantities of testosterone are released into your bloodstream by the ovaries and adrenal glands. In addition to being produced by the ovaries, estrogen is also produced by the body’s fat tissue. These sex hormones are involved in the growth, maintenance, and repair of reproductive tissues. But that’s not all. They also influence other body tissues and bone mass.

 What are hormones?

A hormone is a chemical substance. It’s secreted by one tissue and travels by way of body fluids to affect another tissue in your body. In essence, hormones are “chemical messengers.” Many hormones, especially those affecting growth and behavior, are significant to both men and women.

The amount and levels of hormones change daily. The sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are secreted in short bursts — pulses — which vary from hour to hour and even minute to minute. Hormone release varies between night and day and from one stage of the menstrual cycle to another.

Rightly or not, women are often seen as being under the influence of their hormones. As a result, they are said to be subject to hormonal “tides” or hormonal “storms.”

What is estrogen?

Estrogen is an entire class of related hormones that includes estriol, estradiol, and estrone.

Estriol is made from the placenta. It’s produced during pregnancy.

Estradiol is the primary sex hormone of childbearing women. It is formed from developing ovarian follicles. Estradiol is responsible for female characteristics and sexual functioning. Also, estradiol is important to women’s bone health. Estradiol contributes to most gynecologic problems, including endometriosis and fibroids and even female cancers.

Estrone is widespread throughout the body. It is the only estrogen present after menopause.

Why do estrogen levels fall?

There are many reasons why estrogen levels fall, including:

  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Pregnancy failure (estriol)
  • Perimenopause and menopause (estradiol)
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Anorexia nervosa (eating disorder)
  • Extreme exercise or training

Drugs that may decrease levels of estrogen include clomiphene. Also, women experience low levels of estrogen immediately after childbirth and also during breastfeeding.

Why are athletes at risk for low levels of estrogen?

Women with low body fat often do not produce sufficient amounts of sex hormones. This can be a problem for women such as athletes, models, and gymnasts. It can also be a problem for women with eating disorders. These women can experience a cessation of menstruation, known as amenorrhea. They may also develop osteoporosis — thin bones — and fractures as well as other conditions more common in older women after menopause.

Do estrogen levels fall at menopause?

Yes. Estrogen levels fall at menopause. This is a natural transition for all women between ages 40 and 55. The decline in estrogen can happen abruptly in younger women whose ovaries are removed, resulting in so-called surgical menopause.

Do estrogen levels fall at menopause? continued…

Perimenopause is the period of transition before menopause. The first natural decline in estrogen levels starts during this phase. Other physiological changes also start. Women going through perimenopause may experience weight gain along with other menopause symptoms. For instance, there may be irregular menstrual periods, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness.

On average, menopause occurs at age 51. When it does, a woman’s body produces less estrogen and progesterone. The drop of estrogen levels at menopause can cause uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness or itching
  • Loss of libido or sex drive

Some women experience moodiness. That may or may not be related to the loss of estrogen. Lower levels of estrogen may also increase a woman’s risk for heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and fractures.


Why do estrogen levels rise?

During puberty, it’s normal for levels of estrogen to rise. That’s because this hormone fuels changes in a young girl’s body. For example, it plays a role in the development of breasts, a more mature curved figure, fuller hips, and pubic and underarm hair.

In addition, high levels of estrogen are seen in women who are extremely overweight. Levels are also high in women who have high blood pressure or diabetes. Estrogen levels rise during a healthy pregnancy, and increased estrogen levels may be seen with tumors of the ovaries, testes, or adrenal glands.

Some drugs, such as steroid medications, ampicillin, estrogen-containing drugs, phenothiazines, and tetracyclines can increase estrogen levels.

What happens when testosterone levels rise or fall?

If your body produces too much testosterone, you may have irregular or absent menstrual periods. You may also have more body hair than the average woman. Some women with high testosterone levels develop frontal balding. Other possible effects include acne, an enlarged clitoris, increased muscle mass, and deepening of voice.

High levels of testosterone can also lead to infertility and  are commonly seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an endocrine condition that is sometimes seen in women of childbearing age who have difficulty getting pregnant. Women with PCOS have symptoms similar to those produced by high testosterone levels. They include:

  • Obesity
  • An apple-shaped body
  • Excessive or thinning hair growth
  • Acne
  • Menstrual irregularity

PCOS is associated with:

  • Higher levels of circulating male hormones
  • Insulin resistance
  • Carbohydrate intolerance — conditions that make you prone to gaining weight
  • Low levels of HDL — ”good” — cholesterol
  • Elevated triglycerides
  • High LDL — ”bad” — cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

As women with PCOS age, the presence of these risk factors increases their risk for heart disease.

At menopause, women experience a decline in testosterone. That decline may be correlated to a reduced libido. Some findings indicate that testosterone replacement therapy may benefit sexual function in certain perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Testosterone replacement is unadvised in women with breast or uterine cancer. It also may increase the chances of cardiovascular disease or liver disease. So, experts are cautious about recommendations.

How do I know if my hormone levels are too high or too low?

Your doctor can do a physical examination and assess your health situation and symptoms to determine if further laboratory tests are needed to check hormone levels. Those tests may be important if you have a health condition such as PCOS or have stopped menstruating because of excessive athletic training or anorexia nervosa. If the tests show abnormal levels of hormones, your doctor can prescribe effective treatment.



How I got hooked into Craniosacral?

Many years ago before I became a Cranio expert I was working in a British legal firm as a personal assistant and administrator.  I was very career minded and a go getter person. 

 Then, I got burned out.  I was suffering body badly from migraine headaches, vomiting and having blackouts.

 How many of you can relate to this?

I think those who suffered from migraines know what I am talking about.

 I remembered as a young child my family doctor used to tell me, “Girl, it is all in the head.  Your body can heal itself.”  So, I began to source alternative natural therapy to help get rid of my migraine. 





All these helped, but did not get rid of my migraines totally. 

Then one fine day I was introduced to Craniosacral by a friend.  To this day I remember clearly my first few treatments.


1st treatment: The therapist placed one hand my sacrum, the tailbone in between my hip.  I know what you are thinking!  Hello, the pain is up here in my head and not down there.  Anyway, I felt lots of tingling sensations along my spine.  The tension on my neck and shoulder began to melt away.  I must be hallucinating!

2nd Treatment:  She placed one hand on the back of my head and the other hand on my sacrum. Ahhhh, we are getting close to my problem area.  I felt my spine moving like an accordian.  At the end of the session when I got off the massage table I felt taller and straighter.

3rd Treatment: My craniosacral therapist craddled my head.  Finally I thought she is doing something right.  I felt lots of movement in my head as well as an expanded feeling like my head has grown bigger, expanding like a balloon.  I walked away from this session feeling light headed and relaxed.

I was fascinated by this therapy.  It helped me regain health and vitality into my life.  My migraine headaches total gone.  I became more confident, have clarity in my mind and began to take charge of my life.

My curiosity was piqued and I wanted to get trained as a Craniosacral practitioner.  I could envision my future…even when I am 90 years old I could still work.  Just sit still and place my hands on my clients and my clients’ body would do all the work.  This was what I observed my therapist do during my treatments.

But my journey was long and challenged.  I could not register for the course immediately as I did not meet the training school CTET pre-requisite.  At that time they were admitting chiropractors, osteopaths and the last rung on the ladder of entry was massage therapists.  So I got myself trained as a massage therapist at the Singapore Sports Council, clocked in the minimum 500 hours of case studies.

I remember clearly as I write this blog when I submitted my application to Ged Sumner, now the director of Body Intelligence and whom I consider my mentor.  I had an interview with him and I was over the moon when I was accepted in the BCST training in New Zealand in the year 2000.

With this renewed energy, I am now able to help others with debilitating illnesses to regain balance and health into their life.

I also wanted many people to learn Craniosacral as I am passionate about this work.  It took me 7 years and finally in 2007 Ged agreed to conduct this training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  We got our first 10 graduates in 2009.  And now I have many colleagues in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Now I am hoping to bring this work to everyone who has an interest in health and wanting to heal themselves.  I have a self-help programme called Cranio Self Care whereby anyone can learn this simple technique of being still and present, allow their body to settle and come to a state of balance so that their body can reorganise and self-regulate towards health and vitality.

Self-healing is not at all complicated. In a few simple steps you can bring a feeling of peace into your body. You can tune into your energy body and use your thoughts and emotions to change the frequency and flow of your energy.