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Spinal Flow Technique

Spinal Flow Technique
Spinal flow refers to the movement and circulation of fluids, energy, and information within the spinal column and the surrounding tissues. It encompasses the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, blood, lymphatic fluid, and nerve impulses throughout the spine. The concept of spinal flow is often associated with various therapeutic approaches that aim to optimise spinal health and function, such as the Spinal Flow® Technique. 

What is the Spinal Flow® Technique?

The Spinal Flow® Technique was founded by Dr. Carli Axford who based the practice on philosophy and science. As our bodies experience different kinds of stress, the spine absorbs these physical, emotional, chemical, and mental tensions and causes the body to be filled with several blockages and disrupts its ability to heal itself. 

The Spinal Flow® Technique, through light touches on specific points of the body, then allows the body to naturally release these tensions and restore it from being in a sympathetic state or freeze mode into a parasympathetic state or recovery mode. 

How Does the Spinal Flow Technique work?

The body is built to have its innate ability to care for itself. Our biological makeup allows the body to protect it from distress, may it be physical, emotional and mental, or chemical. These reparative instructions are controlled by the nervous system through a spinal wave, but they are sometimes blocked by stress and trauma. The Spinal Flow® Technique can help find what causes these blockages and release them to allow the body to feel at ease and allow it to be in a restful state. 

What are the benefits of the Spinal Flow Technique?

  • Enhanced Nervous System Function: Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in specific areas of the body. It is considered a complex condition with no known cure. Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 2-8% of the general population, predominantly women. The Spinal Flow ® Technique can help alleviate the pain by identifying the blockages in the spine. 

  • Increased Energy: By releasing the stress from the spine through light pressure on specific points on the body, it allows renewed energy to flow inside the body and result in more movement and flexibility. 

  • Stress Reduction and Relaxation: Chronic stress is the primary contributor to various health issues, including diseases, pain, and illnesses. When the body's nervous system remains consistently in a state of fight or flight, it has a significant impact on all bodily systems, such as the endocrine system, digestion, and especially the intricate network of nerves within the spine. Spine Flow Technique helps address it by contacting the 33 access points in the spine to allow the spinal flow wave to flow. 

What type of health concerns can be addressed by the Spinal Flow® Technique? 

The Spinal Flow Technique takes a holistic approach to spinal health, considering the interconnectedness of the body. By promoting proper spinal alignment and optimising the flow of vital energy, it has the potential to support overall well-being and enhance the body's self-healing capabilities. While it offers benefits for our overall well-being, it can also be catered to specific spinal health concerns, such as:

  • Back Pain: The Spinal Flow Technique aims to address imbalances and misalignments in the spine that can contribute to back pain. By promoting proper alignment and restoring the flow of vital energy, it may help alleviate discomfort and support the body's natural healing process.

  • Headaches and Migraines: Misalignments in the spine, particularly in the neck and upper back, can contribute to headaches and migraines. The Spinal Flow Technique seeks to correct these misalignments, potentially reducing the frequency and intensity of headaches.

  • Postural Issues: Poor posture can lead to various musculoskeletal issues. The Spinal Flow Technique aims to improve spinal alignment, which may help correct postural imbalances and promote better overall posture.

  • Nerve Impingement: Misalignments in the spine can put pressure on nerves, leading to symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or radiating pain. By addressing spinal misalignments, the Spinal Flow Technique may help relieve nerve impingement and associated symptoms.

What to expect during a Spinal Flow® Technique session?

  • Initial Assessment and Consultation: The therapist will assess the client’s posture and identify the areas with blockages. It is important for the client to communicate specific problem areas and their health history with their therapist in order to have a better therapy experience. The therapist will also identify areas of ease where they can allow the spinal wave to flow properly. 

  • The Spinal Flow Technique Session: During the therapy, there is no need for the client to change clothes and they will be fully-clothed during the entire session while lying face down. The therapist will then feel specific “access points” at the vertebral column and define each area that is holding either a chemical, physical, or emotional type of stress. The therapist will base their gentle touches on their access to the 7 regions of the spine, which as identified by Dr. Axford as having different energy types, symptoms, or blockages.

Where to find a Spinal Flow® Technique practitioner? 

Before booking your first visit, it is important to look for a practitioner who has the necessary qualifications and credentials in their field of expertise. They should have appropriate training, certifications, and licences that demonstrate their knowledge and competence in spinal health and related techniques.

Consider the practitioner's experience in working with spinal health and flow techniques. Find out how long they have been practising, their areas of specialisation, and their track record in helping patients with similar concerns.

It is also helpful to research the practitioner's reputation by reading reviews and testimonials from previous clients. Look for feedback on their professionalism, effectiveness, and patient satisfaction. This information can provide insights into the practitioner's skill and the quality of care they provide.

Some practitioners may focus on specific techniques, while others may adopt a more holistic approach. Consider whether their approach resonates with you and your goals for spinal health. Effective communication and a good rapport with your practitioner are crucial for a positive therapeutic experience. So, during your initial consultation or evaluation, assess whether the practitioner actively listens to your concerns, explains treatment options clearly, and establishes a comfortable and supportive environment.

Bodhi Holistic Hub hosts more than 70 qualified and certified practitioners who specialise in various holistic modalities. Their authentic and comprehensive vetting process fulfils their promise to be the most trusted platform for holistic needs. On the platform, you can find Hannah Burnie who is a Spinal Flow practitioner and has been working in the holistic industry for five years. She holds a Spinal Flow Certification and a Level 2 Certification on Reiki. 

“The body can endure practically anything--pain, fatigue, you name it-- but its the mind that matters.”

― Dave Pelzer

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