It temporarily stops your cranio-sacral rhythm, which allows your system to "reset" itself. This is part of what a cranio-sacral therapist does when they work with you.
According to the research of The Cranial Therapy Centre in Canada, when your body enters a still point, your:
"Autonomic nervous system switches polarity from adrenal, or stress drive, into relaxed function, allowing the body to sink deeper and deeper into parasympathetic dominance.
"In this state, the body is guided into its self-healing mode, encouraging better digestion, assimilation, elimination, detoxification, and immune function.
"Still points reduce muscle tonus, pain, headaches, stress headaches, hyperactivity, insomnia, and ADD/HD. Stress-related illnesses are helped and degenerative diseases are slowed in their progress. . . In essence, the still point becomes an autonomic nervous system balancer enabling appropriate responses to stress including needed repair and relaxation."
Additionally meditators report "dynamic, dramatic and deep experiences" using the technique and others have experiences marked reductions in fevers.
According to the Upledger Institute, a still point:
"enhance[s] the movement of body fluids to improve the efficiency of the immune system and provide natural health benefits. . . . reduce[d] congestion, swelling, headaches, anxiety and overall tension."
I also found a study indicating that it has a calming affect on sympathetic nerve activity and helps with "sleep latency.”
My own experience with cranio-sacral therapy and a still point inducer has been profound. I am able to release stress and overwhelm very quickly when lying down to take a still point break. It’s fast become one of the top products that I recommend for a Sensitive Soul’s self-care tool kit.
There is a still point inducer available online through the Upledger Institute, but I have found their product to be too hard. (Another alternative, also fairly hard, is two tennis balls in a sock.) It's all a matter of personal preference.
I prefer the style you see here, called
"Becalm Balls," available from Canada. It is softer and more comfortable, and is constructed of two soft foam balls on a nickel-plated chain, with adjustable clasps.
Click here for instructions about how to use Becalm Balls.
Note: This information is not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your medical professional if you have any concerns about using this product. Click here to read more information about who should not use a still point inducer.
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