Guest Post: My Experience of Network Chiropractics


Guest blogger, Cathy, shares her own insights into the body’s way of holding our secrets and our wounds. You are invited to comment on her experiences and/or contribute your own findings about the body’s stories.

I am 41 years old and a wife and mother to two daughters, aged 8 and 6.

I grew up with dysfunctional parents and experienced childhood trauma.

For the last 25 years, I’ve experienced a heavy sensation in my chest, it feels like a fist-sizedboil in my heart area, that I’m desperate to ‘lance’. I’ve had a strong inner knowing all along, that the original cause of this sensation is emotional, not physical, pain.

Over the past 16 years, I’ve sought out many different kinds of therapy to release and resolve this persistent, uncomfortable sensation in my heart area, including: many years of conventional talk therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), FasterEFT, reiki, hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Traumatic Release Exercises (TRE). All of these techniques helped to a degree, but none seemed able to access and affect my ‘inner boil’. During this long period of extensive searching, I eventually learnt that this strange boil sensation in my heart area has a name: ‘somatic’ (meaning of, relating to, or affecting the body).

About six months ago, I discovered Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), a technique practised by chiropractors, with NSA training.

NSA is a method for ‘reading’ the spine and the body. NSA is based on the idea that over the course of our lives, we store trauma and tension in our bodies. NSA can be used to gradually, respectfully, carefully and gently recognise and release old ‘layers’ and ‘pockets’ of trauma and tension from our bodies, a bit like uncovering layers and pockets of historical debris during an archaeological dig.

NSA involves lying on a massage table in a room with 3-5 other people who are also lying on massage tables receiving NSA treatments (called ‘entrainments’). The network chiropractor makes light finger-tip touches along the spine of each client, spending 1-2 minutes with each client before giving them time for their body to respond as they move onto the next client. This small group approach to treatment results in cost savings as well as on-mass energetic benefits to everyone involved.

After spending more than 10 years in conventional talk therapy, I am loving the simplicity of NSA treatments. I simply walk into a room, lie down on a massage table and allow my body to guide my network chiropractor in my treatment. After years of psycho-analysis and painstaking self-analysis, I feel so relieved to be able to leave my mind ‘at the door’ and to simply hand my mind and body over to this highly effective healing technique.

Even though NSA is a body-centred approach to healing, it has both emotional and physical benefits. I’m finding that the changes that I ached for for years in conventional therapy, such as being able to speak my truth, are now occurring spontaneously, naturally and effortlessly.

It feels as though my childhood trauma effectively created blocks within me, like a pebble stuck inside a garden hose, restricting the water flow. Somehow NSA releases my trauma and my inner blocks, enabling me to gradually and effortlessly be more and more of my authentic self. I feel more peace and ease within myself than ever before.

For further information about NSA, refer to the Association for Reorganisational Healing Practice’s website:


One comment

  1. Judy Archer says:

    Hi Cathy,
    I love your blog and that very morning I took a copy with me to my NSA practitioner in Bracebridge.I would like to add that many of the things you have tried are useful- it just depends on what works for each one of us.I too grew up in a dysfunctional family. Long before I knew what trauma meant I know the route I needed to take to heal and learn was through the body, as I knew my mind was too clever. So I have benefited by doing Bioenergetic Therapy and trainings, learning and practicing Inner Relationship Focusing,Body Talk, Continuum and teaching Tension Releasing Exercises. All of these practices contribute to me continually healing,learning and practicing being present in my body. The great thing is that the more I can be present in my whole body, the more relaxed I am the more creativity I experience, the more fun I have just being alive. And there is a recognition that this continues being a life long process of learning to be grounded no matter what situation I am in.
    So I am looking forward to seeing more blogs of others’ experience which makes it okay to find our own paths to healing.

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