It was important to get clear that my mission with this work is very much connected to a larger vision of peace.
Many of you know that I contract regularly with a group serving US veterans, Healing Warriors Program. I recently spoke about HWP with an online group, Craniosacralcollaborative, a group of craniosacral therapists whose objective is to work harmoniously to support practitioners and assist the wider collective community through acts of creative service.
Healing Warriors Program, Front Range, Colorado, US
CranioSacralBoulder, Boulder, CO, US
How long have you been with the HWP and what was the motivation for you to get involved with them?
I began contracting with Healing Warriors Program in May 2018. I learned about HWP from a peer colleague and knew immediately I wanted to join their therapist team.
There is established research sharing the CST benefits for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Concussion Recovery, as well as an ongoing veterans program in place I was familiar with through my training with Upledger Institute.
HWP’s mission is to “interrupt the factors that lead to Service Member suicides and to advance individual wellbeing for Veterans and their families through evidence-based complementary care services and education.” They operate clinics and “pop-ups” throughout Colorado. My motivation to join was to be part of a team offering what I know to be an extremely effective therapy offering peace to a population known to face challenges during and after service.
What do you feel is important about this kind of work?
What I witness to be an important aspect of this work is that in the combination of physical changes that happen for a client, a groundswell potential for positive change is underfoot. When a veteran experiences a felt-sense of relief; whether from migraines, back pain, insomnia or anxiety, this relief can exist as a new baseline. If s/he is then able to reduce or eliminate medications with their side effects and regain connection with self and loved ones, this can lead to a significant increase in quality of life. CST addresses the entirety of the person and Healing Warriors Program provides the connection for veterans to receive this unique care at sustainable rates. That’s exciting!
What advice would you give to other practitioners that might be interested in community based work?
For me, it was important to get clear that my mission with this work is very much connected to a larger vision of peace. That vision has guided my decision not only to contract with HWP, but also to regularly donate packages in fundraising to value-aligned organizations within my local community from my private practice, CranioSacralBoulder. My advice to other practitioners considering community work is to spend time connecting with yourself about what your practice means for you, what your community means for you, and how/why you want to offer your work into your community. Daydream about this unique personal vision you create, write about it, draw about it, give it energy and life, and trust that things will take shape.
Healing Warriors Program offers CranioSacral Therapy, Acupuncture and Healing Touch Therapy throughout Colorado's Front Range to US Veterans and their families. For more information visit Healing Warriors Program.
CranioSacralCollaborative is an online group based throughout Europe and reaching into all corners of the world collecting research, opportunities and articles inclusive of all schools of CranioSacral Therapy. For more info, visit Craniosacralcollaborative.