Since I often discuss brain cycles in my essays, people are now more sophisticated and want to know their child’s and their cycle number. A competent Gillespie Approach provider needs to provide that information.
Timing the brain cycle is just as important as being able to do any Gillespie Approach technique. If you cannot time the cycle, the patient may question your capability in their mind.
The brain cycle has many applications. It tells you how restricted the craniosacral fascial system is on the first visit.
The cycle tells you if you are doing therapy effectively. Many new patients present with zero-second cycles. At the end of the first visit, they should have a brain cycle of at least 30 seconds.
You can also measure it from visit to visit as it approaches 200 seconds. The brain cycle is important if the patient has an accident since you have an established baseline number.
Kim and Holly spend a lot of time teaching the brain cycle at the courses. It is a must skill for every Gillespie Approach practitioner.
We also welcome therapists who are using other methods of bodywork to learn our approach. But as a very strong word of caution, the Gillespie Approach is a standalone modality.
If you are promoting the Gillespie Approach and someone comes to receive craniosacral fascial therapy, please keep the work pure without mixing other techniques. I have heard from patients who have not been pleased when their CFT practitioner was not practicing craniosacral fascial therapy.
It is important that the patient feel a change in their body after a visit. The most noticeable example is coming out of a zero-second brain cycle on the first visit. Virtually everyone who leaves my office after any visit feels looser—hence the nickname, Dr. Loose.
A releasing fascial web creates more openness, allowing the body to function better. If a patient leaves the office without feeling anything happen, she may question your competence in her mind.