Cayce Health Database
COORDINATION BY MASSAGE
[NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SECTION IS EXCERPTED FROM PRINCIPLES
& TECHNIQUES OF NERVE REGENERATION BY DAVID MCMILLIN]
Massage is the most
frequently mentioned technique in the Cayce readings for establishing
coordination in the primary nerve centers. In this context, the
major emphasis for coordination is between the "cerebrospinal" and "sympathetic"
nervous systems. These two great systems of the body connect in
the nerve ganglia which run down along either side of the spine.
Here is an excerpt from the readings which describes the massage technique
as well as the "the larger forms of the ganglia" (which are the major
coordinating centers along the spine).
[Give] ... a gentle massage, that stimulates or relaxes
by the stimulation of each of the ganglia along the cerebrospinal system;
more specifically in the areas where the cerebrospinal and sympathetic
coordinate - in the larger forms of the ganglia. These we find the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd cervical, 1st, 2nd and 3rd dorsal, 9th dorsal, and in
the lumbar axis and coccyx center....
Q. Should the massage be osteopathic, or could it be given by someone
other than an osteopath?
A. Anyone that understands the anatomical structure of the body,
in knowing how to coordinate the sympathetic and cerebrospinal systems
in the areas indicated. These are not merely to be punched or
pressed, but the ganglia - while very small - are as networks in these
various areas. Hence a gentle, circular massage is needed; using
only at times structural portions as leverages, but not ever -
of course - bruising structure. (3075-1)
Note that anyone who understands anatomy can provide
these coordinating treatments. In the following excerpt, Cayce
again notes that it is the knowledge of the centers and how to regulate
them that is so special in regards to osteopathic regulation.
Q. Should I continue osteopathic treatments; if so, about how
A. These are well, to be sure, to keep coordination in the areas
so affected, as also the CONNECTION areas. For, there must be
kept coordination between superficial circulation and the deep circulation;
that is, from areas where there are those connections to the muscular
forces under distress. There are certain ganglia from which impulses
for circulation are carried; these, of course, in the cerebrospinal
system; also certain areas where there are the connections or associations
between superficial and deep circulation, - as the areas where better
coordination is made between the sympathetic and the cerebrospinal nerve
forces. Osteopathic or Swedish massage, with particular reference
to such centers, is beneficial at times. Since not many of the
masseurs know the centers, it is better to use the osteopathic treatment.
These are beneficial, - whether once a week, once in ten days, twice
a month, ten times a year, or forty times a year. When needed,
take them! (1710-10)
Edgar Cayce's Massage, Hydrotherapy & Healing
Oils: Health Through Coordination & Purification of Key Body Systems
by Joseph and Sandra Duggan (1989) contains additional information on
the use of specific massage techniques suggested in the readings.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health