We sat down with Karima Valentina Hočevar, a therapist with 10 years of experience, to discuss what craniosacral resonance is and how it can help us.
You’ve been working as a craniosacral resonance therapist for ten years. How did it all begin?
With a medical condition. Eleven years ago, I suddenly lost my ability to hear. I used to work in human resource management and have always been interested in interpersonal relationships and forming connections with others. I was building my own knowledge base. And then, as a new mom and a busy business woman, I burnt out. Today I understand why. All of a sudden, I lost my hearing, literally suddenly, in fifteen seconds. Completely deaf in my left ear. And no one could help me. I spent ten days in the hospital, where I was supposedly being treated, but the treatment was only making things worse. Then I heard about craniosacral resonance and after the first therapy I decided this was what I wanted to learn. Two months later, I participated in a seminar.
Who goes to craniosacral resonance therapy?
The way it usually happens is that when all else fails, people come to therapy. When traditional medicine fails, acupuncture, and others… Because craniosacral therapy is technically mystical, it is often people’s last chance. Many of my patients – my clients – haven’t even received an official diagnosis, their well-being is just poor. Some people have serious illnesses, but traditional medicine doesn’t know what the problem is, let alone how to fix it.
Is this therapy suitable for everyone?
Just this week I’ve worked mostly with children, including babies. The positive influences of craniosacral resonance travel by word of mouth so clients come find me. There are more and more families, especially young ones, who realize that the period from conception onward – pregnancy, birth – is very important. And that sometimes things don’t go smoothly. Craniosacral resonance can help, it releases certain tensions and puts things in order.
How about prevention?
Craniosacral resonance is a support therapy; it encourages and supports our self-healing abilities. These abilities are innate to all humans. When we lie down in the evening, we calm down, fall asleep, and self-healing begins. When you cut a finger, for example, the process of self-healing – of wound healing – begins. This can be explained on a scientific level. Craniosacral resonance addresses and encourages the driving force behind all of this. If craniosacral resonance is done preventively, we take care of ourselves and of our health. We make sure these forces are at our disposal, that they work, that they flow…
How many therapies of craniosacral resonance does a person need?
That’s a difficult question to answer. If a person has a medical condition, we advise one therapy a week until we notice improvement. If there are no issues and we do therapy preventively, once a month or once every month and a half is enough. Go when you have time, so that going to therapy doesn’t add additional stress to your life.
We have decided to do craniosacral resonance and we have chosen a therapist. How do we know that the chosen therapist is qualified, can this be checked?
Each country has its own system. In Slovenia, craniosacral resonance is defined as alternative medicine and is not registered with the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Chamber as manual therapy, because it isn’t. It’s a good idea to check the therapist’s certificates, even though anyone can obtain a certificate. Every craniosacral resonance school issues a certificate to the participants after the training is complete. The certificate states the topics covered, the duration of the course and of course the issuer. It is the patient’s responsibility to check and assess these qualifications.
So, there isn’t an association, a chamber, or something similar?
There are eight schools in Europe, all big names in craniosacral resonance, that form a European association. These schools are considered the best in Europe. Then there are thousands of schools that are not part of this association but are still good schools; they just decided to take an independent path outside of this association. And all these schools issue certificates for the participants in their seminars. The certificate states how many hours the course encompassed, how many supervised therapies the therapist carried out, how many independent ones… Such certificates are issued by our school as well.