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Journalist Heloisa Dallanhol interviews Craniosacral therapist Gláucia Pedrosa Canabrava

The economist who turned therapist is now only making calculations to facilitate people’s lives.

Normally our body warns us when something is going wrong. However, we tend to ignore these signals until we feel enough pain to seek medical attention. We do not purposely hurt ourselves, but for most people it is difficult to interpret their body’s signals. There are plenty of symptoms, which are not always physically visible, but can have an emotional origin. Fortunately, there is someone who is capable of listening to what your body is trying to tell you and is also able to explain to you how to improve your own well being in Portuguese, Dutch, English, German, Spanish or French!

The Brazilian economist Gláucia Pedrosa Canabrava is a multi-linguist, who explains in detail her new life as a Craniosacral Therapist. She uses her technique and knowledge to revitalize and increase the well-being of her clients. “With the soft touch of a Craniosacral massage I move my hands with precision past organs, muscles, and skin: every-thing which is necessary to free up energy flow.” The immediate result varies from the simple pleasure of relaxation to the soothing and relief for tired limbs, a painful back or neck, headaches, etc. The best and also most long lasting results are achieved by several treatments.

Clients are often pleased to hear that the treatment costs can be partially or even totally paid for by their insurance company. To have the insurance compensate the costs for treatments the insurance policy must include alternative medicine. How much is covered depends on the client’s chosen health insurance package. “If necessary, If necessary, I can contact the insurance company myself and inform them that I am a registered member of the NCSV, the Dutch Association of Craniosacral Therapists and VBAG, the Association for Promotion of Alternative Terapies. These associations guarantee the professional’s quality” says Gláucia.

She is a Brazilian born in Belo Horizonte, capital of the state Minas Gerais. She embarked on her spiritual journey at 15 when she took up Hatha Yoga. After this came Tai-chi-chuan and Power Yoga. She has not stopped developing and improving herself ever since. Gláucia tells: “I’ve taken courses such as Intuition’s Development and Polarity Massage, I also started learning Zen-meditation. As soon as I received the Reiki attunement I became aware of my own strength and ability to give and receive energy.”

The decisive moment for her to become a Craniosacral therapist took place in the Onkruid Opleidingen en Gezondheidsbeurs event in Houten, the Netherlands. There Gláucia got acquainted with the therapy which would impress her so much. She reveals: “Among 170 stands and thousands of people, after receiving barely 15 minutes of Craniosacral massage I found myself in a state of inner peace and wellbeing I had never felt before!” At that moment I decided, this is it! With Cranio I’ll be able to materialize all the spiritual energy and intuition I have in me!”

While most massages go on pressing muscles and tendons, the task of professionals like Gláucia is, in her words: “Through a process of slow and delicate touch together with listening to the body and its rhythm and feeling it’s energy I search for the cause of the pain. This instead of exclusively concentrating on the symptoms the body is showing.” While the effectiveness of such an approach depends a lot on the therapist’s intuition a great deal of anatomic knowledge is also required. A field of knowledge the Brazilian studied in depth from books and practical lessons of, among others, alternative medicine such as Acupuncture. “To learn and better understand this Chinese art, I took a course in Oriental Diagnosis and I’m learning Shiatsu, which in reality is nothing but Acupuncture without the needles”, explains Gláucia. “I also took Pulse Diagnosis courses from Indian medicine, Ayurveda and Shantala, the Indian baby massage.”

Based on such knowledge and her own life experience she is prepared to give Craniosacral therapy to people of all ages, including newborns. The subtle touch from the therapist is tailor made to, for instance, adjust the skull bone as it can be misplaced during birth and so prevent future problems. This also stimulates the infant’s immune system.

With this intention in mind, Gláucia gave a four-week-old baby a massage and was pleased by his reaction. Another baby, a six-month-old girl, even imitated her technique and Gláucia felt greatly rewarded by the little girl’s attention and smile. No money in the world could have encouraged her more in her choice to become a Craniosacral therapist: “My choice of work is not financially motivated!”

If this were the case, she would have continued on her former career. She graduated in Economics at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 1988. After graduating she moved to Germany to do her postgraduate in International Economics and Finance. Sixteen years ago she moved again, this time to the Netherlands, where she has worked as a Financial Analyst for the three largest Dutch financial institutions. She tells: “I used to write reports about companies in several sectors in several countries giving my advice: buy, sell or keep the company shares”.

Early 2004, she choose to dedicate her time completely to her new profession as a Craniosacral therapist, in which she is completely satisfied.